Excitement for the City of Kenmore’s future is reaching maximum velocity. City leadership is collaborating with employers - such as Bastyr University - and residents to ensure an exciting future as the Puget Sound’s next innovation hub.
In 1998, the economically healthy city of Kenmore incorporated after a long history of community activity and multi-generational small business development. Since then, the city has grown to 21,370 people and the nationally ranked city has continued to flourish in an exceptional location along the northern tip of Lake Washington just outside of Seattle.
Today, the community at large is exceptionally active, involved and committed to the well-being of the city. Kenmore benefits from an energetic and entrepreneurial business community; well-established and family-friendly neighborhoods; abundant parks and natural spaces; a variety of cultural activities; an exceptional public school system; access to higher education at nearby colleges and universities; and the finest close-in medical care. Its central location and ease of access by highway, transit, seaplane, regional bike trail or boat, make it a pleasant destination to live and work.
Currently, the city’s leadership is launching Kenmore as the region’s next innovation hub by nurturing new startup companies through its Business Incubator Program. The presence and partnership of Bastyr University, the top natural health, arts and sciences university in the U.S. and the city’s largest employer, and other institutions, such as University of Washington and Cascadia College fosters an innovative community spirit.
Strategically, the intent is to grow jobs in industries such as technology, healthcare and natural health sciences to an enhanced downtown core. To support this growth, the city is fulfilling the plan to develop Kenmore Village, an eight-acre multi-use development. City officials foresee a final design that includes an inviting public square or town green, retail, dining and commercial spaces and high-density, multi-family homes. To prepare for the development and to support the newly built Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold Certified Kenmore City Hall, Kenmore Library and the Fire District Headquarters, the city recently invested $80 million in major streetscape and intersection improvements along SR 522.
We invite you to come join the excitement for what’s next in Kenmore. Come soar with us.