What We Do
Everything we do is in service to our community.
- We produce, organize and provide logistical support for many special events in Burien because an engaged community is an active and healthy community
- We provide education and resources to local business owners because a strong local business community is key to our success as a community
- We promote our member businesses and offer free marketing within the community to share the best of Burien with you
Who We Are
Discover Burien is small independent non-profit service organization dedicated to economic development and community engagement in Burien.
The work we do is similar to a local chamber of commerce or board of tourism. But, we do so much more because our vision is to shape the future of our community to ensure it is prosperous, sustainable and thriving.
We hope you’ll consider joining today.Membership materials can be found on-line on our website or at our office in down town Burien.
Discover Burien was founded in 2002 by a passionate and dedicated group of business owners who wanted to be part of growing the success of our community.
That spirit and tradition continues today and inspires everything we do.
As the prime business area of South King County began to be noticed and developed, a loosely formed group began to meet under the name of the Burien Improvement Association, also known as the BIA. King County agreed to set up the boundaries of the business areas to be included in the dues paying association. There was some disagreement as to where the boundaries of the various pockets of businesses should be, and over time the County had a hard time collecting the dues and splinter groups began to appear.
The new City of Burien paid for a presentation by the National Trust Main Street Center that had successfully guided cities, old and new in building a sustainable and complete community revitalization effort.
In 2001 with the urging of the Burien City Council, a brand new organization was formed by nineteen members of the community. This new group worked cooperatively with the City of Burien, the SW King County Chamber of Commerce, local Arts groups and many local businesses and individuals in the City of Burien to be a new force for benefits that would accrue to everyone including our considerable ethnic minority groups.
While some organizational ideas were learned from the “Main Street” presentations, the new group felt that there was enough business experience among the nineteen local citizens that comprised the first Discover Burien membership group, the Discover Burien Association was formed and an application to the Internal Revenue for tax exemption was filed. It was approved in February, 2002. The approval of 501 (c)(3) status enabled ordinary citizens to deduct their contributions to the support of Discover Burien. Businesses are able to deduct their donations as a general business expense. The name, Discover Burien Association was shortened to “Discover Burien” for more impact in its daily use.
Four main objectives are basic to the purposes of Discover Burien:
A. Promotions: Various means of educating and informing the citizens of Burien is a primary focus. Event promotions are one of the primary means of reaching the citizens.
B. Organizations: Discover Burien promotes the concerns of the commercial business areas at the city, county and special district level.
C. Economic Restructuring: Discover Burien is a center for the recruitment of new stores to balance the retail mix; devising and writing marketing packages for interested owners and landlords who want to recruit new business into their spaces, and advising in all aspects of relocating into our city.
D. Design: Discover Burien has a goal of recommending appropriate uses and design standards for the commercial area development. Currently Discover Burien coordinates the annual city cleanup, “Clean and Safe Streets”, the ongoing efforts of the city clean-up crews that daily empty the trash barrels and help clean the streets in the business areas. It sponsors events that will bring citizens from within and without the city to our core. These include the Thursday Farmers Market, Father’s Day Car Show, Discover Burien Annual Awards Dinner & Silent Auction, Summer & Fall Carnivals, Boo In Burien and Winterfest in Olde Burien. In 2011 Discover Burien joined forces with many nonprofit organizations in the community to partner and promote their events and causes. This program is one that renews yearly through an application process called the Event Partnership Program.
Discover Burien has been fortunate to have a driven employee by the name of Debra George who has, over recent years been an excellent, hands-on events manager.
Website photos courtesy of Dan Poss — Costanera Creative, thank you for the use of all the great local photos for Discover Burien.