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History of BID & Board Of Directors

History of BID & Board Of Directors

Business Improvement Districts (BID) 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 has evolved from the original narrow focus of studying the feasibility of a possible Conference Center, to a broad brush of sustainability within the District through marketing programs, special event support and management, and capital projects that helps support businesses in the District. The District’s boundaries are the Central Business District and North Main Avenue to the city limits.

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 City of Durango, the Durango Area Tourism Office, and the Durango Chamber of Commerce.

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 event equipment and supplies to facilitate special events in the District. BID produces four seasonal marketing programs that collectively support activities in and around Downtown - Spectacular Spring, Sunsational Summer, Fabulous Fall and Wondrous Winter. BID has also added four shop local campaigns to its annual marketing work. BID works with the City on the flower barrels in Downtown each summer, and operates a gum removal machine to keep the sidewalks free of unsightly gum. BID also partners with the City, DATO, and Chamber on the Downtown Ambassador program. BID also manages a handful of events, and provides guidance, planning assistance and marketing for other events.

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 District business owners, and anyone interested in activities in the District. BID's Coffee and Conversation 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!

Board of Directors and Staff

The BID board of directors meets monthly on the third Wednesday of each month from 3 to 5 pm at BID's office, 850 1/2 Main Ave. Suite 2. Anyone is welcome to attend. For an agenda, please email us.

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