History of the Business Improvement District

Long-term community commitment to the revitalization of Historic 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 Historic Downtown Pocatello 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.

Click here to view or print a color map of Historic Downtown Pocatello.
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Property owners within the Downtown BID form the membership of Historic Downtown Pocatello and have voting rights in the organization.
 

Historic Downtown Pocatello

420 N Main St

Pocatello, ID 83204

208.232.7545

info@historicdowntownpocatello.com

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News

Farmers Market 

Open!

The Portneuf Valley Farmers Market is open for another exciting season. The market will be open every Saturday at the Downtown Pavilion, 420 N. Main St., from 9am to 1pm through the end of October.

 

Crafter's Market

Open!

Be sure to stop by The Crafter's Market at Station Square. This indoor market is open on Saturdays from 10am to 2pm inside Station Square located at 200 S. Main. Discover unique and exciting locally crafted items with over 20 vendors each week.

 

Haunted History Walking Tours

 Fridays &     Saturdays in     October!

Our favorite paranormal investigators are back! SPIRO Paranormal and Historic Downtown Pocatello are pleased to present the 13th Annual Haunted History Walking Tours on October 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, 29 and 30th. Visit four haunted buildings in Historic Downtown Pocatello, not just walk by them, but go inside to learn more about the history of the building and experience for yourself the charm and haunts inside!

 

Tickets are now available!

 

Trick-or-Treat Downtown

  October 29!

On Friday, October 29th from 3-5:30pm, our merchants and businesses will have treats for all of the little ghosts and goblins! 

 

First Friday Art Walk

  November 5!

On Friday,  November 5, you are invited to come Downtown and enjoy First Friday Art Walk.  The festivities will begin at 5pm and will include local and regional art, live music, food, fashion and more.  Plan now to come stroll through Downtown and enjoy the charm of our monthly Art Walk!  Admission is free and so is the parking!

This is a daytime, safe, after school Halloween Trick-or-Treat event.

 

Christmas Night Lights Parade Entry Registation is Now Open!

Register your entry today for this year's Christmas Night Lights Parade presented by Lookout Credit Union on Friday, November 26th, 6:30pm.  Click here for details.

 

Relight the Night Historic Neon Sign Project 

Relight the Night is in the process of raising funds for our next neon sign restoration.  To help make this next sign relighting possible click on the Donate Now button below.  Thank you!

 

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