The Eastside Civic Incubator

The Pacific Northwest’s first Civic Incubator:

Civic Innovation for the Greater Good


Leadership Eastside is scaling our partners’ ability to collaborate and innovate for the Eastside’s future.


We’re taking our decade of experience and applying it toward making significant forward movement in addressing the Eastside’s greatest issues.


The Civic Incubator, once fully developed, will serve the Eastside and all of King County by providing a much-needed venue for identifying, prioritizing, and (at times) resolving the issues that arise in East King County.


Desire for this type of community infrastructure – collaborative in nature, solutions-focused, broad-based, stable participation – has been expressed frequently among community leaders throughout our region.


Joining LE as an Inaugural Partner of this enterprise ensures this invaluable community asset becomes a reality.

Based on the concept of a business incubator, the Civic Incubator will drive innovation to tackle community issues by:


1)      Bringing together a standing partnership of 50 our community’s most influential leaders. Representing business, non-profit, public sector, and emerging (historically underrepresented) sectors. 

2)      Using a marketplace of ideas, the Incubator Partners will identify and prioritize opportunities and challenges that are most ripe for addressing across a wide spectrum of elements that contribute to a thriving community – Arts & Culture, Basic Needs, Economy, Health & Wellness, Environment, Education and Neighborhoods & Community Building.

3)      Each prioritized challenge will be assigned to a Community Impact Team of volunteer graduates of LE’s Academy for Community Impact, coordinated by an LE Certified Community Project Manager to apply advanced community leadership principles to develop and implement innovative solutions.            

4)      Examples of opportunities/challenges include:

·         How can we engage residents affected by commuter rail construction in ways that help maximize the benefits of redevelopment and minimize the negative effects of gentrification?

·         How do we expand the benefits of one of our local school district’s Cradle to Career initiative to all five school districts in our area?

·         How do we address the Eastside’s growing homelessness issues in ways that don’t increase the burden of response to other local communities?

5)      The Community Impact Teams will regularly update the Incubator Partners on progress metrics. If progress meets/exceeds the Incubator Partners’ criteria, the Community Impact Team will continue their effort to innovate and deliver viable, sustainable solutions.

6)      Annually, the Eastside Futures Summit* will invite 300-500 members of the community to engage in exploring potential topics for the Partners to advance to Community Impact Team for innovative solutions.


We are currently inviting select organizations to become Inaugural Partners of the Civic Incubator.

Inaugural Partners have the opportunity to:

·         Maintain permanent designation of Inaugural Partner on the LE website and marketing material.

·         Hold a permanent position as one of the Incubator Partners

·         Participate in the development of LE’s Code of Collaboration which will establish the basic working agreements among the partners, including a statement on diversity.

Inaugural Partners also have full voting participation alongside all Incubator Partners, including:

·         The option to introduce challenges and opportunities for the Marketplace of Ideas

·         The option to introduce topics, speakers, and back-ground information for the Eastside Futures annual summit

·         The option to invite community-member participants to the annual Eastside Futures annual summit

·         Engaging in deliberation and determination of the challenges and opportunities in which the Partnership will engage

·         The option to provide staff-level participation in monthly Workgroup meetings

·         The option to participate in reviewing Community Impact Team progress evaluation


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