History of the Business Improvement District
Long-term community commitment to the revitalization of downtown Pocatello was demonstrated when City Ordinance No. 2390 was adopted in 1991, establishing the Downtown Business Improvement District (BID). BIDs are a popular economic development tool used by communities across the country; the form they take is dictated by state law. The Downtown BID was created by the Pocatello City Council in response to a petition of downtown property owners who agreed to pay a yearly assessment on the 1990 value of their properties. Every year since then, the City Council has contracted with Old Town Pocatello, Inc. to manage and administer revenues collected from the BID, establishing a long-term funding source for the implementation of a comprehensive program. The purposes of the BID, according to the ordinance, are:
- Hiring staff as needed for the district to assist in general promotion of trade and business activities in the district (includes costs of rent, utilities, supplies, postage, and equipping an office with suitable equipment and furnishings)
- Capital improvements (physical improvement and decoration of public space in the district, including, but not limited to landscaping, facade improvements, and so forth)
- New business development (travel, recruitment, meals)
- Promotion of public events which will take place within the district
- Acquisition, construction or maintenance of parking facilities for the benefit of the district
- Operation of transportation services to promote retail trade activities within the district
The Downtown BID encompasses the historic buildings to the immediate east and west of the Center Street underpass. On the west side of the tracks, the BID roughly stretches from Wyeth to Whitman, U.P. Avenue to Garfield. On the east side, the BID boundaries form a square around East Center: First Avenue to Third Avenue, Clark to Lewis.
Property owners within the Downtown BID form the membership of Old Town Pocatello Inc. and have voting rights in the organization.
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Old Town Pocatello, Inc.
420 N Main St
Pocatello, ID 83204
Revive @ 5 Summer Concerts
Every Wednesday All Summer!
The Bannock Civitan Club hosts the weekly Wedneday night concerts from 5-8pm at the Old Town Pavilion. Admission is free and all are welcome. Click here to see this year's line up!
Portneuf Valley Farmers Market Open Saturdays 9am to 1pm! The Market will be open on Saturdays from 9am to 1pm through the end of October.
Welcome Back Orange & Black, Monday August 28! The business community of Pocatello and Chubbuck will welcome back our ISU Bengals with the 6th Annual Welcome Back Orange & Black Communiversity Event on Monday, August 28. All ISU students, faculty and staff are invited to attend this welcome back bash. Lots of food, prizes and fun at the Old Town Pavilion from 4 to 7pm.
September First Friday Art Walk Friday September 1! Old Town will be alive with crowds this Friday as we host the September First Friday Art Walk. Don't miss this opportunity to view and experience art by local artists as well as regional and national artists. The walk includes over twenty businesses, restaurants and galleries, some with art on display, some with the artist on hand and some providing a live demonstration. Refreshments are always available. You may also find live music along the way. All local residents and visitors are welcome. There is no charge to attend monthly Art Walks.
Be sure to visit The Kind Village installation taking place during Art Walk. For more information click here.
End of Summer Bash, Wednesday September 6! End of Summer Bash on September 6th! Don't miss the last Wednesday night concert of the Summer from 5-8pm at the Old Town Pavilion. Admission is free. Live music featuring the Kyd-J Band. Great food by The Sand Trap. Cold drinks, ice cream, balloons for the kids, and more! Proceeds from beverage sales will help support the Pocatello Chiefs and their community projects.
Kind Community Kick Off Celebration, Monday September 18!
On September 18, Old Town Pocatello and Kind Community are partnering to present our community with this year’s Kind Week Kick-off Celebration. From 5-9pm there will be food, music, activities, trolley rides and more for the families of Pocatello and Chubbuck. The event will take place on the East and West sides of the Center Street Underpass, in the Underpass, and along Union Pacific Avenue. For more information about this Kind Event or for information about becoming a Kind Vendor during the Celebration please visitwww.kindcom.org
Saturday September 30! The AV Center Professional Aviation Services, Teton Honda and Teton Hyundai are proud to present the 12th Annual Oktoberfest Street Party at Portneuf Valley Brewing on Saturday, September 30th! Gates open at 4pm with live music featuring Hot Pursuit, The Kyd-J Band and Gas, Food & Lodging beginning at 5pm. Beer, brats, music, and Oktoberfest fun for the entire family. Half price admission for ISU students. Plan to join the street party after the ISU homecoming game!
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