The Community Initiatives program, formerly IDEA Space, was created in 2008 as a resource center for residents, business owners, and stakeholders of the Seattle Chinatown International District (CID) to work on community development projects.
Our multilingual staff work with community members to bring their ideas to life. We provide a venue for neighborhood voices to gather and discuss ideas and back these projects with research, technical assistance, access to resources, and manpower to fully realize these projects.
We focus our support on projects that aim to revitalize the neighborhood and support economic growth. Our impact areas include the surrounding Japantown and Little Saigon neighborhoods. Projects are divided into four program areas, which include business assistance, design, neighborhood safety, and real estate development.