The Downtown Lincoln BID Association is an association led by a volunteer board representing three downtown business improvement districts that fund the work that keeps our downtown safe, clean and thriving.
What is a BID?
The International Downtown Association estimates that more than 1,000 business improvement districts (BIDs) currently operate throughout the United States and Canada. A BID provides enhanced improvements and activities, such as economic development, parking management, maintenance and marketing, in addition to those provided by local government. BIDs are proven to work by providing services that improve the overall viability of business districts – resulting in higher property values, occupancies and sales.
Downtown Lincoln Business Improvement Districts
Established in 1989 by downtown property and business owners, in cooperation with the Downtown Lincoln Association (DLA) and the City of Lincoln, the Downtown Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) are special benefits assessment districts that convey special benefits to the properties located with the district boundaries. The management BIDs provide enhanced economic development, communications and advocacy programs above and beyond those provided by the City. The Maintenance BID provides landscape maintenance, daily trash removal, sidewalk cleaning and anything that ensures a clean, safe and inviting downtown. BIDs have been used successfully in downtown Lincoln since 1979, improving the district’s business climate by attracting new investment, jobs and civic improvement projects and improving the overall image of downtown.
The three Downtown BIDs are overlaid with the following general boundaries:
The Downtown BID includes approximately 103 blocks of downtown Lincoln bounded roughly by K, Arena Drive, Q and 21st
The Core BID Overlay includes approximately 44 blocks within the center of Downtown Lincoln and the Haymarket District, bounded roughly by Centennial Mall, M, Arena Drive and Q Streets
The Maintenance BID includes approximately 319 block faces of Downtown Lincoln bounded roughly by M, Arena Drive, Q and 21st
319 block faces, 9 FTE and 4 PTE
Daily trash removal
Weekly sidewalk cleaning
Tree and shrub replacement
Curb ramp snow removal
Trouble-shooting (“eyes and ears” for downtown)
103 blocks, 5 FTE and 4 PTE
Advocacy for downtown ratepayers, businesses
Facilitation of development process/projects
Investor and consumer marketing
Business recruitment assistance
Technical assistance for small businesses
Parking database, information and referral
Data collection, research and information dissemination for economic development
Holiday lighting, purchase building displays
Replace outdated street furnishings
Hotel/visitor promotion – parking subsidy for major conferences and events