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 based 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
First Friday Art Walk
The February First Friday Art Walk will be held in locations throughout Old Town on Friday February 1. The festivities will begin at 5pm and will include local and regional art, live music, food, wine tasting and more. Plan now to come stroll through Old Town and enjoy the charm of our monthly Art Walk!
Idaho's Antique Row "Lovin' Local Sweetheart Sale"
Plan to spend the day shopping along Idaho's Antique Row. Each shop will have sweetheart deals for your Valentine and you will have a chance to win Downtown Dollars between 11am and 4pm!
First Friday Art Walk
The March First Friday Art Walk will be held in locations throughout Old Town on Friday March 1. The festivities will begin at 5pm and will include local and regional art, live music, food, wine tasting and more. Plan now to come stroll through Old Town and enjoy the charm of our monthly Art Walk!
Idaho Bridal Fair
Vendor Registration and Bride Registration is Now Open! Idaho Bridal Fair will return to Pocatello on Saturday, March 2. Beginning at 10am, the Red Lion Hotel Pocatello will showcase everything a bride and groom needs to plan the perfect wedding, honeymoon and future. From florists to jewelers, and from caterers to entertainment, local businesses will display their products and services designed to help orchestrate the day you will treasure forever. Click here for details and to register!
9th Annual Gate City Brewfest
Join us on Saturday, March 9, 2019 for the biggest, most unique "beerfest" anywhere! From 1pm-6pm in 19 locations throughout Old Town sample 80+ beers, enjoy music, food and tons of fun!
It will be a golden beer celebration you've never seen before! Click here to purchase your tickets in advance and save $5!
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