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Who We Are

Photo Credit BID Staff at the McPherson Square Metro Mural Unveiling; Photo by Kristen Franklin

The DowntownDC Business Improvement District (BID) was founded in 1997 and is a private nonprofit organization that provides capital improvements, resources, and research that keep the BID area clean, safe, economically and environmentally strong, and accessible. The DowntownDC BID is a catalyst, facilitator, and thought leader in diversifying the economy, promoting public/private partnerships, and enhancing the DowntownDC experience for all. This special district, where property owners have agreed to tax themselves to fund services, encompasses a 138-block area of approximately 520 properties from Massachusetts Avenue on the north to Constitution Avenue on the south, and from Louisiana Avenue on the east to 16th Street on the west. The DowntownDC BID employs Safety/Hospitality and Maintenance ambassadors, also known as SAMs, who keep DowntownDC streets clean, safe, and friendly and assist residents, workers and visitors with a variety of needs. Administrative and management staff are experienced and knowledgeable individuals who share a passion and vision for improving the physical, economic, and social environment in DowntownDC.

Photo Credit SAMs walk in the 2019 National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade. Photo: Bob Rives.