Business Improvement District for Downtown Kingsburg Why Create a BID for Downtown Kingsburg?
During these challenging times, Downtown Kingsburg businesses need loyal customers, now and into the future. A unified Downtown Kingsburg business improvement district (BID) can use the voice and power of the business owners to make that happen. Those business owners have spoken through individual conversations, an Open House, Steering Committee meetings and a Workshop. Business representatives within the district (see map below) wishing to get more involved should complete the BID Advisory Board application by 5:00 PM on Wednesday, July 29, and submit to the Kingsburg City Clerk (details on the application).
Here are some examples of what to expect, based on other successful BIDs and the feedback of local businesses. Please note that the services DO NOT replace any City services and DO NOT duplicate Chamber of Commerce services.
Proactively Improving Downtown Downtown Kingsburg faces similar challenges to other small downtowns in the Central Valley. The BID is viewed as a proactive step to create immediate impact through marketing and image creation. It will be governed by an Advisory Board of business owners.
Create a Consistently Appealing Image of Downtown The Downtown area has many interesting shops and restaurants, but would benefit from attracting more customers, both Kingsburg residents and visitors. Working in concert with the City of Kingsburg, the BID will provide supplemental resources to improve Downtown’s image to these markets.
Attract New Businesses and Customers to Downtown In keeping with priorities established by downtown business owners, the BID will devote resources to a variety of marketing services that are intended to improve the customer experience.
Enhance Sales and Occupancies BIDs are acknowledged as a critical ingredient in downtown revitalization and are proven to work by funding services that enhance the economic viability of a business district. Success is measured by higher sales and occupancy rates.
Private Sector Control An Advisory Board consisting of downtown business owners will govern the BID. Annual BID work plans and budgets will be developed by the Advisory Board, ensuring that the BID will be directly accountable to those who pay an assessment.
Look through the files linked here for more information. Contact anyone listed below if you have questions.
UPDATE: On August 5, 2020 the City Council approved a resolution of intent to form Kingsburg Downtown Business Improvement District (BID). The District, intended to provide an economic avenue to support business and property owners in the downtown core, will be considered for formation during a public hearing to be held on Wednesday, October 7, 2020. The city will be sending out a mailer with information to eligible business owners next week. The potential formation is a culmination of a recommendation received in 2017 and part of the city's downtown revitalization strategy, as well as considerable work done by several local merchants.
An advisory board for the BID was also selected during the meeting. They include Chairman Leslie Carpenter (Berman's Flowers), Reggie Gierke (KBMF), June Hess (Svensk Butik), Steve Safarjian (RPS Real Estate), Paula Coelho (Bella Rose), Lauren Cooper (Mane Salon) and Amanda Carrasco (Heritage Co. Boutique).