About the BID
The Downtown Boston Business Improvement District (BID) is only one of two BIDs in Boston and one of only eight in Massachusetts. A binding assessment levied on commercial property owners funds BID activities, and a 30-member board of directors elected by BID members oversees the organization. The board represents the cross-section of Boston's business community found in the district and is responsive to property owners, retailers and residents. It directs management, programming and budget decisions, which are implemented by a full-time staff that manages daily operations. Property owners of towers and commercial condominiums, industry leaders and independent businesses, non-profit organizations and residents, all volunteer their time as Board members in staggered three-year terms.
The BID is a private, non-profit corporation created and maintained by property owners. We serve the entire downtown community -- businesses, employees, residents, students, and more. Our mission is to transform and engage Downtown Boston through programs and supplemental services that meet area needs.
In 2016, the BID celebrated its fifth anniversary with the 2016 BID Report. We also publish a Welcome Guide that will be of great interest to prospective and current commercial property owners. We are also implementing a 5 Year Strategic Plan which focusses on our core services and strengths. Finally, we publish a comprehensive Report with more detailed information about the BID.
As Boston's first BID, we have pioneered a collaborative effort among area stakeholders that is creating a clean, safe, and vibrant environment for everyone who experiences the district. We are promoting increased business activity, enhancing property values, and attracting further investment in the area.
We serve a 34-block area between Tremont and Congress streets and Court and Boylston streets that includes Downtown Crossing, the Ladder District, and parts of the Financial and Theater districts.