Community Programs

The Safe and Clean Street Initiative

The Safe and Clean Street Initiative provides two full-time and one part-time staff for 40 hours per week from Tuesday – Saturday in the Mount Rainier town center to remove trash, sweep sidewalks and curb beds, maintain alleys and green spaces, collaborate with public works department on repairs, remove signs in the public areas, weed, report issues to the police, and be a thoughtful and consistent presence in our town center. The Mount Rainier Business Association feels this is a critical step to support the beautification of the town center and has committed 70% of the funds to the first seven-month contract.

The MRBA Speaker Series

Mount Rainier Economic Development Update

Samantha Olatunji, Director of Economic Development for the City of Mount Rainier provided an update on the eight development projects throughout the city. Joseph G. Glover of the Maryland Small Business Development Center also provided information on ways businesses can take advantage of the center's programs. Other topics included funding for façade improvements, technical support and small business coaching.

Tonight we have three of our local developers in attendance. They are investing in our community because they see the potential of Mount Rainier. Now, we need to realize our potential.

We are the potential; the assets. We have to first believe in what we have. But it can’t happen if we don’t work together to make Mount Rainier great.
— Samantha Olatunji, AICP, Director of Economic Development, City of Mount Rainier


Mount Rainier City Council Candidates Forum

The MRBA’s Speaker Series began in April with a Mount Rainier city council candidates forum. Residents, business owners and other elected officials came out for the discussion. Candidates addressed everything from economic development on the south side of Rhode Island Ave., to preventing small, independent business owners from being crowded out by large retail chains.