March 20, 2018
The DowntownDC Business Improvement District (BID) on Monday released its fiscal year 2017 Annual Report, which details a strategic year focused on a sustainable vision for the future to ensure long-term growth and vitality in DowntownDC.
“We continued our own focus on the future in 2017, working to streamline our organization, expanding our services to individuals experiencing homelessness, providing exceptional clean and safe services on the streets of DowntownDC and improving the public realm,” BID President & CEO Neil Albert and Chairman of the BID’s Board of Directors Randall Boe wrote in the report.
The BID earned an unqualified opinion on its FY17 financial statement, the highest possible audit rating, and continued to demonstrate financial solvency.
Among the BID’s FY17 highlights:
- DowntownDC Safety/Hospitality and Maintenance (SAM) ambassadors collected 166,663 bags of litter, trash and recycling and assisted 120,850 citizens
- Provided outreach services to 482 individuals experiencing homelessness and moved 23 individuals into housing
- Financially supported a services center for at-risk youth, in partnership with Sasha Bruce Youthwork
- More public space was beautified and activated by the BID than ever before
- Installed the Fancy Animal Carnival art installation in partnership with CityCenterDC, the District Government, National Park Service, Gould Property Company and Oxford Properties
- Included apartment buildings and their residents into the membership of the BID
- Worked with the District Government to deploy and evaluate smart waste bins
- Achieved reauthorization to operate through fiscal year 2022
- Produced the Downtown 2027: Vision for the Future 10-year plan
The DowntownDC BID will continue to support DowntownDC’s growth and success by focusing on initiatives that include reinstating the SAM Homeless Outreach Service Team (HOST); reducing by 50% the number of individuals living on the streets of DowntownDC; creating and beginning implementation of a comprehensive retail marketing plan and actively recruiting office tenants to the DowntownDC BID area and more.
“Many transformational developments are underway in DowntownDC,” Albert and Boe wrote. “We are focused on the future of DowntownDC and our shared community.”