DowntownDC BID Releases 2016 Annual Report and Website
By Ebony P. Walton
The DowntownDC Business Improvement District (BID) invites you to explore the BID's 2016 accomplishments, objectives for the coming year and financials as presented in our newly released FY 2016 Annual Report and interactive website.
"By many metrics, DowntownDC is an enduring success, boasting a stable office market, diverse retail and restaurants (including Michelin two-star restaurant Minibar), world-class cultural and entertainment venues and many of the world's major hotel brands," BID President and Executive Director Neil Albert and Board Chairman Randall Boe write in the report.
"Several major developments, including the renovation of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, Capitol Crossing and the former Fannie Mae building, are underway or on the horizon in Downtown, creating an exciting time for our community and offering new opportunities across all economic and social sectors."
Despite these successes, challeges remain. During FY16, the BID refocused its efforts on a few of those challenges: keeping DowntownDC clean and safe; sprucing up our parks and public spaces; and supporting services for individuals experiencing homelessness.
Highlights from the past fiscal year include: expanding the Safety/Hospitality and Maintenance (SAM) workforce to 95 employees with a new class of Maintenance ambassadors; creating a partnership with Sasha Bruce Youthwork and the First Congregational United Church of Christ to establish a weekly drop-in center for homeless and at-risk youth, which served an average of 30 youth per week; and hosting a new, a free eight-week lunchtime concert series in Franklin Park, which activated DowntownDC's largest green space and utilized new outdoor tables and chairs the BID placed in Franklin Park.
Read the report to learn more about the BID's Public Space Operations, Homeless Services, Marketing and Communications, Infrastructure and Sustainability and Economic Development and more.