Commercial Vitality. Leadership Development.

Central Area Collaborative equips small businesses with the resources they need to thrive and contribute to the economic growth of Seattle’s Central Area Community.

We aim to give our youth and future community leaders the space to expand their horizons, develop skills, and help build their community.

Dedicated to Shaping Seattle’s Central Area Community

Central Area Collaborative is a community organization working towards fostering the economic development and cultural preservation of Seattle’s Central Area Community.

Our Mission

To ensure the commercial vitality of the Central Area

Our Vision

To transform the Central Area into a thriving economic and culturally vibrant community.

Our Values

Alignment, Collaboration, Transparency, Collective Responsibility

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What We Do

At Central Area Collaborative, we work tirelessly to empower the neighborhood businesses and members of the community. Our team seeks economic and social investment from the philanthropic community and uses it to cultivate and support the Central Area Community minority-owned small business community.
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What We Do

At Central Area Collaborative, we work tirelessly to empower the neighborhood businesses and members of the community. Our team seeks economic and social investment from the philanthropic community and uses it to cultivate and support the Central Area Community minority-owned small business community.
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We Take Action. To Make Better Changes

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Our Key Priorities

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Green Energy

Green Energy

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No Plastic

No Plastic

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Ecosystem

Ecosystem

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Our Goals

We measure our success based on our ability to contribute to a thriving Central Area community. Our team is committed to ensuring that all community and collaborative members, partners, and supporters have confidence in our direction and understand the opportunities to support this work.

We identified five goals through a multistage process of garnering input from community stakeholders. These goals help us focus our efforts, activate our mission, and manifest our vision.

Goal I

Align ongoing commercial development in the Central Area with community input.

Goal II

Establish, retain, and grow independent, micro, and small businesses in the Central Area

Goal III

Increase job training and social services for special populations living and working in the Central Area.

Goal IV

Develop a thriving, high-quality, and educational food ecosystem reflective of the African diaspora.

Goal V

Establish the Central Area as an African American arts and cultural center.

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Our Goals

As the Central Area Collaborative, we measure our success based on our ability to contribute to a thriving Central Area community. We are committed to ensuring that all community and collaborative members, partners, and supporters have confidence in our direction and understand the opportunities to support this work.

Five goals were identified through a multistage process of garnering input from community stakeholders. These goals help to focus our efforts, activate our mission, and manifest our vision.

Goal I
Align ongoing commercial development in the central area with community input.
Goal II
Establish, retain, and grow independent, micro, and small businesses in the central area.
Goal III
GOAL III Increase job training and social services for special populations living and working in the central area.
Goal IV
Develop a thriving, high-quality, and educational food ecosystem reflective of African diaspora.
Goal V
Establish the central area as an African American arts and cultural center.

Projects

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and impending National, State and Local level guidance, the Central Area Collaborative, looked to provide emergency grants to Central Area Neighborhood small businesses. The Central Area Collaborative sponsored 10 grants of $500, for the local neighborhood small businesses. While local and state leaders looked to figure out the best way to receive and disburse potential federal funding, the Central Area Collaborative’s Community Navigator, Gavin Amos, along with leadership council member Heyward Watson went out and provided much needed immediate relief in the form of $500.00 grants.

If you would like to help the Central Area Collaborative by donating funds that will be used to continue providing the $500.00 grants please use the link below.

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Mission Statement
The mission of the Central Area Collaborative is to create and sustain a framework for commercial vitality, leadership development, and cultural legacy preservation that inspires and attracts investments in high-quality strategies and tools, resulting in wealth creation for historical, present, and future residents, reflective of the brilliance of a culturally diverse and respectful community.

About This Cause
We serve as a community service organization focused on the legacy of redlined neighborhoods comprising the Central Area. These neighborhoods were historically inhabited by African Americans, due to racially prohibitive covenants declared throughout the City of Seattle restricting ownership and equitable opportunities. We look to provide economic opportunity within the disenfranchised population that has been severely battered by the effects of gentrification and displacement. We seek to provide community-level input to all practices and policies presented by City leadership and as well as state and federal policies to ensure equity and racial social construct is at the forefront of any solution presented. We provide guidance for business technical assistance for our minority-owned businesses. We serve as an intermediary between local government agencies and the business community by ensuring the community voice is addressed during policy and decision making events. We serve as the neutral third party community service agency within the Central Area neighborhoods, in which we demonstrate our trustworthiness and transparency by being selected by Seattle’s Office of Economic Development to steward the Only In Seattle Neighborhood Business Grant. By using a collaborative approach to management and encompassing the imperatives of Equity, Resilience, Climate Protection, Economic Development, and Culture, we provide an overarching strategy of ensuring our neighborhoods are not being left out of the economic prosperity others are achieving at the expense of our legacy African American and lower socioeconomic constituents

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