Economic Development Program

The U District Partnership’s (UDP) Economic Development Program improves the district-wide landscape by supporting existing businesses and attracting new businesses to build and sustain a vibrant, diverse and healthy U District. Explore the services we offer:

Do Business Here

Looking to open a business in the U District? Here you will find information and tools for launching a business in Seattle’s U District.
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Business Resource Center

The Business Resource Center serves all U District Business Improvement Area businesses and prospective businesses looking to enter the district by connecting them to the best available information and providing direct services to individual businesses.
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U District Business Network

The U District Business Network is comprised of business operators coming together to provide an effective community voice and share information and resources with one another. The U District Partnership supports their meetings and efforts to benefit our local businesses.
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Economic Development Committee

The Economic Development Committee is an advisory committee to the the U District Partnership’s Board and staff. The committee is comprised of leaders from the district who share a vision of an environment where businesses can launch, grow and flourish and who work to make this vision a reality.  Bringing their specialized sector expertise and passion to the committee, these leaders help the UDP support existing businesses and attract new businesses. The Economic Development Committee meets regularly.
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U District Business Profiles

Read about individual businesses in Seattle’s University District and the stories of the entrepreneurs, teachers, artists, chefs, and other professionals who created the exciting mix of dining, retail, nightlife, art and innovation in our neighborhood.
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For more information, please email UDP Economic Development Program Manager Daniel Lokic at or call 206-547-4417.