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.
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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
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Small Business Month
Shop Small and Support Local. Whether you choose to shop and dine in person, order a gift card on-line, pick up take out or curbside, the locally owned and operated businesses in our community would love your support. Keep your dollars local and help your neighbors have a bright holiday season.
First Friday Art Walk - Stroll & Shop
On Friday, December 4, many of our merchants will be open extended hours, until 8pm, for your shopping convenience. Stroll through the Downtown area and find the perfect gift for your loved ones. Shop Small! Shop Local! Share the love this Holiday Season!
Pictures With Santa!
Santa will be back Downtown on Friday, December 4 during First Friday Art Walk, from 5-8pm! He will be located inside the beautiful picture window at Kanda’s & Company, 159 S. Main. Stroll by for a photo. The mail box will be out for kids to drop in their letters to Santa.
In addition to Friday, Santa’s visits Downtown will include Saturday, December 12, Noon to 3pm, Saturday, December 19, 3-5pm and Wednesday, December 23, 2-5pm. On the 12th, Santa will be joined by several of his friends, also in windows. The Grinch will be located at Station Square. Ruddy The Reindeer will be at Poky Dot Boutique. And, Frosty will be at The Elwen Cottage.
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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