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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. Property owners within the Downtown BID form the membership of Historic Downtown Pocatello and have voting rights within the organization.

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