BID Profiles, the annual report by the BID Council on the BID activities, is now available. Click here to download, or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like a hard copy. BID Profiles contains maps, assessment rates, budgets, descriptions, and more. At the end of the document is a summary table.
Many of the BIDs have introduced initiatives to help the environment, including public recycling, ecodistricts, electronic recycling programs and a range of planting and maintenance services:
- The Capitol Hill BID, the DowntownDC BID and the Golden Triangle BID have installed public recycling cans.
- The Mount Vernon Triangle BID has a biodiversity initiative to encourage bees, birds and other wildlife to the area.
- The Capitol Riverfront BID programs and maintains the 5.5 acre Yards Park, which has landscaped gardens, fountains, and an amazing view of the Anacostia River.
- The Golden Triangle BID holds an annual cellphone recycling event where participants trade in old cellphones for flowers.
- The DowntownDC BID has developed an ecodistrict, a neighborhood-wide effort to reduce energy consumption and make the area more sustainable.
- BIDs plant flowers and trees. Last year BIDs planted 36,000 flowering bulbs and plants.
The DC BID Council's annual publication BID Profiles is now available for download or in hard copy. Profiles contains information about the eight business improvement district in Washington DC, including maps, tax rates, employment, tree planted and much more. A summary table is on the last pages of the booklet. Profiles is helpful for anyone who works with BIDs or just wants to learn more about how BIDs work and contribute to the city.
Over 75 people participated in the January 19th Nighttime Economy Summit at the Hamilton, Downtown's new 24-hour restaurant and entertainment space. DC Council Chair Kwame Brown welcomed the crowd, saying "nightlife doesn't have to mean destroying a neighborhood." Rich Bradley, President of the DC BID Council and Executive Director of the Downtown DC BID, provided a overview of the nighttime economy in DC. His presentation is available here. Jim Peters of the Responsible Hospitality Institute, provided a national perspective, and then a panel comprised of Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development Victor Hoskins, Deputy Mayor for Public Safety Paul Quander, Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington President Lynne Breaux and Destination DC Vice President of Sales and Services Ronnie Burt addressed the issues of communication, marketing, research, private and public responsibilities and the need for planning.
The summit report is now available!
Mayor Vincent Gray spoke at the third annual BID Council Luncheon last Friday at the Renaissance Hotel. He recognized the work of the BIDs and discussed the priorities for his administration, including DC statehood, fiscal stability, education and economic development.
At the meeting, the BID Council distributed a list of the major BID Accomplishments of 2011 and showed a presentation about what BIDs do.