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Kent East Hill is Perfect for a New Kent International District

December 20th, 2011 at Tue, 20th, 2011 at 12:51 pm by lesliehamada

Last Wednesday while attending the Kent East Hill Partnership Meeting there was discussion about having an event to draw recognition and business to the East Hill area. Lots of good discussion on past events and what would work in the future. I had tea with Harpret Gill of Punjab Sweets some time ago and she had discussed how her vision for that business area was to concentrate on all the diverse businesses and the International flare of the area. I brought this up in the meeting. Next meeting there is going to be more discussion regarding the potential of this and the Kent East Hill Partnership may decide to take a more active role in making this happen. The KEHP falls under the Kent Chamber of Commerce.

Focusing on a great strength of the area and developing it into an International business location makes a lot of sense. It would draw attention for people surrounding the area to come see what is happening up on the hill and it would also be a tourist attraction so visitors could sample all the food of the area and various diverse shopping. It would be a great place to showcase all the art and cultural events that take place. The Kent School District is one of the most diverse school districts and drawing in from all the youth activities in the area could even add to this becoming a place to come and visit. The India culture puts on many sporting events in other areas and maybe they could tie in some of their events at a school field to correspond with a business International Fair. This would be a totally different experience that the East Hill has to offer from downtown Kent or Kent Station making visitors want to experience many parts that Kent has to offer and not having them have to compete with each other. Marketing that area with colorful flags or signage to designate the area could build a new, fresh look to the Hill. Turning a vacant lot into a small artistic park in that area could be a welcoming place for artists to show off their work from various cultures and begin to give a business district a sense of Community. When you build a Community you take care of the businesses in that Community and perhaps graffiti would be less.

Kent East Hill Partnership has the opportunity to really take this idea and run with it and develop it and it would build an Identity to that area that is unique. Keep up the great discussions on this and all the other great activities you are building through business partnerships.

Leslie is a wife, mother, & grandmother. She has worked in marketing, communications, & writing professionally. For the past 17 years she has resided in the Covington area and doing volunteer work in the King County Area. While her children attended University Place Schools she was actively involved in youth activities and PTA. She was in executive leadership in the organization as President in school PTA on all levels. In addition she held a District PTA leadership position. Currently her youngest child Lisa is a teacher and last year was recognized as NASPE 2009 High School Physical Education Teacher of the Nation. Her two sons are employed in Computer and engineer firms. She has two beautiful grandchildren. Leslie's pride & joy is Pee Wee Hamada her stay at home Cocker spaniel and her inspiration for her first Children's Book: "Pee Wee's Adventure In the Woods" which addresses boundaries for young children and safety issues through an exciting animal book. Leslie has been actively involved in her Community volunteering for over 40 years. She has mentored in high risk elementary schools since college. Presently she is Director for emergency services for her church Kent United Methodist. She is Chair of the Kent Ecumenical Network Board. It is her sixth year on Catholic Community Advocacy Board. She received an award last year from Governor Gregoire for work with felons. This past year she was recognized for work in social justice and poverty by the South King County Human Service Commission. Last year she received an award from the Southern Sudanese Organization in Seattle. In 2005 she received the SKC Award for the Spirit of Caring. In 2005 she traveled to San Francisco to work at the Soup Kitchen of Glide Memorial and help with immigrant Chinese pre-school students at Gum Moon Community. Her passion is working with kids and social justice issues. Presently she is working to start a Kids Boxing Program in the Kent East Hill area to give the kids a great after school program.

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