Economic Development

ED City FebMarch2017 Newsletter TheMessage Article 


To lead the transformation of the City of Mount Rainier into a Regional “Business-Friendly Destination” that supports and cultivates strategic partnerships to build economic prosperity and diversity, and a better quality of life for its business and residential community


  1. SERVE as the Professional Economic Development arm of the City’s management team, that support and manage the development and revitalization efforts, events, and programming in the Mixed-Use Town Center (MUTC) zone, Queens Chapel Rd. Business District, Arts District , and Industrial areas.
  2. SUPPORT the City’s Economic Development Committee and liaison for the business community, to plan, implement, and manage the City’s Economic Development Strategy and Work plan.
  3. LEVERAGE local and regional funding opportunities and partnerships to implement projects and priorities adopted by the City Council.
  4. DRIVE Business Attraction and Marketing efforts.
  5. CULTIVATE Business Retention and Expansion opportunities
  6. PROMOTE the Place Branding and Destination Marketing Strategy for the City, the Mixed-Use Town Center (MUTC) zone, Queens Chapel Rd. Business District, the Arts District, and Industrial areas.
  7. DEVELOPMENT of Infrastructure critical for business activity


 About Us

Samantha Olatunji, AICP

Director of Economic Development


Director Message

Economic Development Newsletter Feb/March 2017 Update

As we close 2016, several local development projects have made significant progress. Home values continue to rise. The average home closing costs were at $356,000 (as of October 2016).  If you did shop for the holidays, I hope you Shopped Local. Don’t forget to support local businesses all year round, during the holidays, and at special events such as Small Business Saturday, which occurs every year, the day after Black Friday.


Several businesses on 34 Street participated in Small Business Saturday this past November, hosting special events and promotions. Please visit the new city events website and monthly calendar at to find out what’s happening around town. Shopping local helps to stimulate local economic growth, so please support our local businesses and artists.


In 2017, residents should expect a more concentrated effort to market the city and local businesses during marketing, promotion and branding efforts. If you take a stroll down 34 Street you will see that some businesses have a new face; Joe’s Movement Emporium, new paint; Adinkra Cultural Art Studios, new paint and outdoor deck, and Hands on Barber, new Hands on Barber, new siding and paint. Other businesses are completing interior renovations, such as The Well, an extension of The Waterhole on 34 Street. All businesses qualified for a matching grant through the city’s Town Center Business Attraction and Expansion Program (TCBAEP), supported by grant funding from the State Department of Housing and Community Development.


 I, alongside our City Manager, will join the Prince George’s County Economic Development Team at this year’s International Conference of Shopping Centers (ICSC) at the Annual Mid-Atlantic Conference and Dealmaking at National Harbor, MD on February 6-8, 2017.


The secret is out the bag – The city will be showcasing The Mount Rainier Experience to hundreds of local and national developers, real estate brokers, and retailers, with a concentrated effort to attract new capital investments and retailers to Mount Rainier. We will also be sharing the city’s new brochure (see photo below) and economic development marketing materials at ICSC. If you want a copy of the new city brochure, please stop by City Hall. Brochures will be distributed to local venues as well.


City investments through improved street signage and wayfinding; bike infrastructure improvements; events; and marketing campaigns planned for 2017, will help to build an attractive city and improved quality of life. Please make sure to sign up for e-updates via the city’s economic development e-newsletter, social media, and look out for information on upcoming events and programs in 2017.


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Thank you for being a true Mount Rainier fan. “The Mountie Love is Real!”



Samantha Olatunji, AICP, Director of Economic Development



Economic Development Committees

Mount Rainier Economic Development Committee

Mount Rainier Economic Development Workgroup

Mixed Use Town Center Design Review Committee

Workgroup documents

ED Strategy SWOT FINAL 612015

City of Mount Rainier “Business Friendly” SurveySurvey Open

Community Stakeholder Assessment Questionnaire

“Why Mount Rainier?” Market Survey


Community Partners

Mount Rainier Business Association  (MRBA)

Gateway Community Development Corporation (GCDC)

Art Lives Here Media Campaign ( GCDC program)



ED Enewsletter Spring2016

ED E-newsletter September 2015

City of Mount Rainier Economic Development E-Newsletter NovDec 2015


City Newsletter articles

ED City FebMarch2017 Newsletter TheMessage Article

June City newsletter 2015

April 2015 City Newsletter Edition

Jan/Feb City Newsletter 2015

Nov/Dec 2014 City Newsletter

Oct 2014 City Newsletter


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