Maximizing Priorities

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

By DowntownDC

The DowntownDC BID’s 2010 Annual Report is now available. The report shows that the organization continued to forge critical partnerships, set high standards, and provide bold leadership that creates a remarkable urban environment in Downtown Washington, DC.

This year’s report is more condensed and user-friendly and reflects recent operational changes within the organization’s program areas.  Overall, it shows that fiscal year 2010 was a time of recovery, as Downtown regained ground stifled by the most recent global financial and economic downturn.

“This period of renewal and consolidation was not lost on the DowntownDC BID,” said Richard H. Bradley, executive director of the DowntownDC BID. “We took time to restructure our operations to maximize priorities and focus in greater detail on improving Downtown’s physical environment with an eye toward placemaking and the quality of experience in public places and spaces.”

Among the report’s highlights:

• The DowntownDC BID hosted the first Downtown Eco-District Summit in conjunction with the Urban Land Institute (ULI)
• The BID guided efforts to establish the city’s first business retention/recruitment strategy for office space
• Average crime per day in Downtown stood at 3.2%, down from 7.4% in 1999
• The BID moved 36 homeless persons off the streets and into housing
• The BID helped deliver world-class public art through the National Museum of Women in the Arts’ (1250 New York Avenue) New York Avenue Sculpture Project

For more details and insights, the DowntownDC BID’s Annual Report is available at www.downtowndc.org/annual.