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A e *'lql)NIqI)Ay, .JANI'ARY '2 !, 20()4 THE ISSAQLTAH PRESS BUSINESS Oownt,00,wn association gets a new name requirements to keep using the Mainstreet name under the state organization's rules," said Michael Johnson, DIA president. "Legall:(: we can't use the Mainstreet name. One of those rules is a full-time director, for example, and Issaquah's, Greg Spranger. is part tium. "We could have spent all our time and budget meeting state requirements," Johnson said. Instead, the DIA will focus oil downtown historic preservation, cultural events such as its popular Art Walks, a spring clean-up pro- gram and the lnarketing of down- town. Spranger said he thinks the new name is a better reflection of the organization's goals. "Really, it's better aligned with who we are," he said. "There is no Main Street in lssaquah. When yQu say 'Downtown Issaquah Association,' people immediately understand what you're talking about." Spranger and Johnson note that with the advent of interstate high- ways, in particular, downtowns sometimes died. Downtown Issaquah obviously saw less (busi- ness) traffic after fnterstate 90 was routed past the city, they say. "And as the city grew else- where," Spranger sald, "dmllown kind of became an orphan child. Our goal is to see that it stays vital," Thursday's stakeholders' meet- ing is Opfll to anyone with an interest in downtown Issaquah. Board members include Amee Quiriconi, Miche]e Forkner. Stacey Garrison, Megan Adams, Joe Forkner, Terrie Thomson, Chris Livingstone and Lmda Head. BY LARRY ,J()HSt";;()X After several years as Mainstreet Issaquah, the organization was, for a time, the Group Formerly Known as Mainstreet Issaquah. Now, however, the organization has a new name, even though it essentially has the same mission -- to maintain the vitality of historic downtown Issaquah. It's called the Downtown lssaquah Association (DIAL The newly named organization holds a stakeholders' meeting 5:30-8 p.m Thursday night at tile Issaquah Brewmuse, 35  Sunset Way. klhough t,@ downtown associa- tion is no longer amhated with the state Mainstreet organization, it maintains its membership in a national Mainstreet organization. "There were just too many iii)i (D Chamber focust'ng on education t'ssues this BY LAt'RY ,J()IINSf)N The Greater Issaquah Chamber of Commerce has a wide-ranging group of goals and concerns for 2004. including one over which the group has very little control. "We're looking" forward to a strong economy in the state this )'ear," said new president Joan Probala, who replaces Eileen Barber. And if the economy has solu- tions beyond Issaquah, the Chamber still plans to be active at home, Probala said. "We spent a lot of time at our annual retreat discussing our goals," Probata said last week. "We really want to be as@roactive as we call be." The Chamber's governmental affairs agenda includes a renewed focus on "looking at school district issues and how they interface with the business community," she said. "We're not going to be taking sides, but we want to be sure we're there to help facilitate solutions to any problems when the school district has them. A good school district is so impor- tant to the business community." ,l economic vitality committee has been created, and one of its focal points  be to discuss the role of sales taxes in the local economy Another may be to push for partiat for city" funding of an tssaquah eco- nomic development officer. Transportation, as it has been the past few years, continues to be the biggest poblem facing the ci', and Probala said the Chamber is eager to see the final environmen- tal impact statement on the ciD"s planned southeast bypass linking Issaquah-Hobart Road and Interstate 90 in south Issaquah. "We'll be looking veD" seriously at the pros and cons of that study," she said, "and hoping to help educate about the need for a transportation eonm That doesn't mean et items like the bypass, The Chamber also is with the state De Transportation and the smooth several smaller problems that might much to solve, she said. Enhancing tourism is major goal, Probala cially vdth a focus on tssaquah a destination The 2004 Chamber directors includes Barber, BD'an Kettel, Jim: Richard STnms, Carl Chris Chiechi, Glenna David Harris, Robert Michael Johnson, Barb Brian Lenz, Lynn Seneker, Donna Southern and Ruth BUSINESS NOTES Stafford Homes changes name to D.R. Horton Builder Stafford Homes has adopted the name of its parent company, D.R. Horton, The com- pany will continue to build homes 'as D.R Horton and will the change the name on existing Stafford Home communities. Tile Kirkland-based company rolled out the new name and brand last week. D.t. Horton has new homes for sale in at Issaquah Highlands. The company also operates its own mortgage company, DHI Mortage, which provides a full range of residential real estate fi- nancing services. Hawaii-based Schuter Homes purchased a majori interest in Stafford Homes in 1999. Schuler Homes then merged with D.R. Horton in 2002. Stafford Homes had operated in the Puget Sound region under the name of its founder Brien Stafford since its in- ception in 1967. Issaquah resident appointed to business alliance Issaquah resident Arthur King has been appointed to the Fred Hutchinson Business Alliance, a group of regional business leaders united in the fight against cancer, The alliance assists the center in cultivating new supporters from many industry' sectors King is all accountant and man- aging partner of the Seattle office of Moss Adams. ' " i i![" inapr;vatelovin 9home ; i, ,'i'.} licensed, bonded, insured. V'? t l, ". sin. ,993 N" . . X/" ,,71 ' wvv.petvaca,ions.nel ...... 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