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Recap: Downtown Boston BID's Annual Meeting

The Downtown Boston BID held its annual meeting on Oct. 26th at Explorateur

As the keynote speaker at the BID's Annual Meeting, Mayor Martin Walsh highlighted the great work of the Downtown Boston BID and the vitality exhibited in the Downtown Crossing area.

"What's happened (in downtown Boston) is incredible...I see the BID Ambassadors doing their job everyday...the BID keeps the neighborhood clean and welcoming," said Walsh. He added that the city is working to enhance the public realm of the downtown Boston area by improving sidewalks, roadways, gateway entrances to the downtown area and access to the MBTA. "I want to thank the BID for its partnership and for your ability to market Downtown Crossing in such a strong way." 

Click here for the entirety of Mayor Walsh's remarks.

Boston Police District A-1 Captain Kenneth Fong and BPD Commissioner Williams Evans awarded BID President & CEO Rosemarie Sansone and BID Directors of Operations for the Ambassador Program Steve Brookes a special citation for the positive difference they make in the community.

"(Rosemarie) works tirelessly every day...and is a tireless advocate for downtown Boston," said Fong. "Steve not only oversees the fantastic ambassador program, but he also works as a partner on security issues, assisting with the homeless...Steve's hard work is incredible." Fong added that both Sansone and Brookes are incredible partners for the downtown Boston area.

BID Board Chairman Jack Spurr and Sansone gave a Distinguished Service Award to District 2 City Councilor Bill Linehan, who recently left the council to pursue other opportunities. Said Linehan, "It's been an honor and great experience to serve this city and district for 10 years."

During the meeting five new BID Board of Directors were elected and started serving their terms immediately. The five new board members are: Phil Boccalatte, GM of Rockhill Management; Terry Dunbar, GM of Hyatt Regency Boston; Sam Flood, TH Real Estate; Jacqueline Lender, City of Boston  Startup Manager in the Mayor's Office of Economic Development; and Anthony Singleton, VP of Webster Bank.