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
5th Annual Urban Invasion Obstacle Challenge, April 29! Team registration is now open at www.pokyurbaninvasion.com. Four person teams race through Old Town while they encounter 20 urban obstacles through the 5K route. Sound like a challenge? Register today!
May First Friday Art Walk, May 5! On Friday May 5, local kids will begin creating sidewalk chalk art at 2:30pm. Drawing will continue until 5pm when Art Walk begins and our community can enjoy the wonderful hand-drawn art. Every child that registers in advance and creates a sidewalk chalk drawing will receive an Old Town T-shirt and a free ice cream cone from Old Town Ice Cream & Candy, along with coupons and information from the merchants in Old Town Pocatello.
Portneuf Valley Farmers Market Opening Day, May 6! The Market will be open on Saturdays from 9am to 1pm through the end of October.
Revive @ 5 Summer Concerts begin May 24!
The Bannock Civitan Club has announced this summer’s Revive @ 5 Wednesday Concerts will kick off at 5pm on Wednesday, May 24. Click here to see this year's line up!
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