Business Improvement Districts: Collaborative Investment for Vibrant Places


November 17, 2020
10:00am-12:15pm EST

Business Improvement Districts: Collaborative Investment for Vibrant Places

Many communities can benefit from more coordinated public-private partnerships to support economic development activities that nurture a vibrant downtown. In these challenging times, Business Improvement District staff have been at the forefront responding to impacts of COVID-19 and will continue to play a key role in recovery and revitalization of their downtowns. Hear from current Business Improvement District Directors and stakeholders on best practices and lessons from their own experience with BIDs, both past and present.

The workshop will kick off with a presentation from Ann Burke on the recently updated Guide to Establishing a BID, followed by a panel discussion with current BID Directors from Central Square, Hyannis, and Amherst. Next, attendees can choose to dive deeper and participate in two of three interactive breakout sessions:

BID 101 Feasibility: Is a BID right for my community? Is the creation of a Business Improvement District the right tool to nurture public-private partnerships in your city or town? Attendees will hear from current BID directors or community stakeholders on the history their BIDs’ creation.

BID 201 Community Engagement: Strategies for a successful signature petition campaign. Hear stories from panelists on how to meaningfully engage with their local business community and citizens to build support towards adoption of a BID.

BID 301 Running a BID: Best practices and challenges. The first BID in Massachusetts was created in Springfield in 1998 and eight more have been authorized since then. Join the panelists to take a look back on how they overcame challenges and share lessons learned that can be applied to other communities who have BIDs of their own or interested in creating one.

Registration fee: 


Type of event: 

Partner Events

Learning area: 

Economic Development


MassDevelopment, DHCD