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Community Impact Event 2024

Community Impact Event 2024

Our annual meeting is Southeast Seattle’s premier business networking event of the year, bringing together area business owners, community leaders and government representatives.  Come join us for an inspiring evening of food, fun, drinks and networking.  Need an invitation or have questions about the event – email: for more information, Click HERE to RSVP!  Also, please congratulate our Richard McIver award winners, Urban Family Center and Jacob’s Agro.

Richard McIver Award

Richard McIver was the key proponent in the establishment of the Rainier Valley Community Development Fund. While serving on the Seattle City Council, he authored legislation to form RVCDF. Long an advocate for Southeast Seattle and its diverse population, Richard could foresee the role of the RVCDF in ensuring that businesses in the Valley would survive the disruptions caused by construction of the light rail and provide resources for the businesses to prosper after completion of the rail. During a time of crisis in leadership of the RVCDF in late 2010, Richard McIver again showed his commitment to this organization and to the community by agreeing to serve as Interim Executive Director. The Board at that time recognized that Richard’s instrumental leadership in creating RVCDF was now needed again to take stock of RVCDF’s progress and guide its future as the organization continues to develop its strategic plan and sustainability. The Richard McIver Award was initially presented to him in 2012 and, following his passing in 2013, has been awarded annually to an organization in the community that demonstrates Richard’s practices and vision, provides impactful benefits to and meets the needs of the community, and actively participates in the economic development and betterment of the community.

Award Recipients

2023 Urban Family Center Shantel Patu, Executive Director  
Jacob’s Agro Mark Jacobs, CEO
2020- 2022 Not given this year
2019 Guru Inc. dba King 76
2018 Tiny Tots Development Center
2017 Ethiopian Community in Seattle Melaku Habtegiorgis, Board President, and Meron Kasahun, Executive Director
2016 Evergreen Chiropractic Clinic Dr. Andy Chiem and Jennie Quach, Owners
2015 The UPS Store Teferi Gebretsadik, Owner, and Staff
2014 Urban Impact / Rainier Health and Fitness Pastor Harvey Drake, Jr., President and Founder, and Steve Bury, Executive Director
2013 AIM Dental Associates, Inc. Romulo and Anita Inocencio
2012 Richard J McIver


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