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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, August 12, 2009

City introduces neighborhood services downtown

The Two Scoops Combo perform at a community picnic organized by Neighbor Link.With many new apartments and condominium complexes, the downtown area is emerging as Bellevue's newest residential neighborhood. The city will jump-start community-building downtown through Neighbor Link, which offers assistance and resources.

"Downtown is truly a neighborhood coming into its own, and the city recognizes the importance of connecting downtown residents into an active, cohesive community," said Julie Ellenhorn, city liaison for the area.

Launched in June to encourage neighborhoods to participate in charitable projects, Neighbor Link has been a success, with 19 neighborhoods getting involved so far. The program continues through Sept. 20.

Neighbor Link is now expanding its mission to help downtown residents with any effort to build community. A stronger sense of community will make it easier for the city to deliver neighborhood services to the new neighborhood.

If a downtown resident or group wants to have a community-building gathering, Neighbor Link will help with planning and promotion. The city will give out party boxes, which include banners, flyers and decorations, along with sheet cakes personalized with the neighborhood’s name donated by Whole Foods Market Bellevue. 

For the downtown area, the city will offer Neighbor Link resources for buildings or groups of buildings.

The Neighborhood Outreach team is excited to work with downtown residents. Call for more information on how to access available resources including support for a community building activity or block party with your neighbors. Contact Julie Ellenhorn (contact information in the right column).

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Contact Information

Neighborhood Outreach
450 110th Ave NE
PO Box 90012
Bellevue, WA 98009
Contact: Julie Ellenhorn
Phone: 425-452-5372
E-mail: jellenhorn@bellevuewa.gov

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