Business Improvement Districts exist throughout the country, in large cities and small, and each one has a unique scope of work. What all BIDs have in common, however, is their underlying purpose to improve conditions for businesses in a specific area; attract and retain businesses; and improve the overall experience for those who use the district. A BID enables stakeholders to decide which services to provide to meet the district's unique needs.
To that end, the Durango Business Improvement District was formed in 1997 with a mission that evolved from the original narrow focus of studying the feasibility of a possible Downtown Conference Center, to a broad brush of sustainability within the District through special event marketing, research on topics of concern to the District (facilities, special events, best practices), planning and development of new facilities, and providing capital budget for equipment that helps support businesses in the District.
The Durango BID is funded by a 2 mill levy, an additional property tax constituents in the district have assessed on themselves, through 2025. Support funding for specific projects has also been provided by the Durango Area Tourism Office and the City of Durango.
BID has a physical office located at 850 1/2 Main Ave., Suite 2. It has assisted in acquisition of a steadily-expanding reserve of outdoor equipment and supplies to facilitate special events in Downtown. BID produces four seasonal marketing programs that collectively support activities in and around Downtown - Spectacular Spring, Sunsational Summer, Fabulous Fall and Wondrous Winter. BID also makes an annual visitor's map to help visitors and locals find their way around the District and into our great shops. BID works with the City on the flower barrels in Downtown each summer, and helps support the Trolley that runs the length of Main Avenue.
BID supports many of our annual events through grants that are used to assist the event with its out of area marketing. Through these grant and through BID's own marketing, branding the Historic Downtown has become a central focus of the BID. All these efforts have paid off through increased sales tax collections in Downtown and on North Main Ave, plus increased lodger's tax collections throughout the City.
Please consider signing up for BID's weekly E-Newsletter that is published every Wednesday. You will receive accurate and timely information from us once a week.
BID also hosts a monthly meeting for Downtown and North Main business owners, and anyone interested in activities in the District. This meeting is held every month on the second Friday from 8:30 to 9:30 am at First National Bank of Durango. Everyone is invited!