About the Uptown BID
Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) are special assessment districts, which means they can collect revenues if enough property owners in their district vote to support doing so. BIDs promote and encourage economic vitality and growth in their business districts. BIDs can use funds to:
- Support neighborhood businesses through marketing and business development.
- Provide enhanced service to the district (such as landscaping and street cleaning).
- Maintain improvements made by a Corridor Improvement Authority.
The Uptown BID encompasses four business districts in their development area: East Fulton, Wealthy Street, East Hills, and Eastown. Uptown also has a Corridor Improvement Authority.
- Uptown Ambassador Program
- Tree maintenance
- Landscape maintenance
The Uptown BID currently has three sub-committees that assist the board in the implementation of their Marketing & Development and Financing Plans and recommend projects and activities to the board for approval.
This committee focuses on streetscape, and public space design and improvements. This committee meets on the third Thursday of the month at 8:30 AM.
Business Development Committee
This committee supports the development of new or existing businesses. This committee meets on the third Monday of the month at 8:00 AM.
This committee focuses on promoting the work of the Uptown CIA and the businesses located in the development area. This committee meets on the third Wednesday of the month at 8:00 AM.
If you have an interest in joining a committee or learning more, please contact the Uptown Executive Director.
The Uptown BID meets most months on the first Wednesday at 8:15 AM.
Current Board Members
- Lynn Happel, Chair (Term Ends: 12/31/2024)
- Tamara Sytsma, Vice-Chair (Term Ends: 12/31/2023)
- Stephanie Johnson, Secretary (Term Ends: 12/31/2025)
- Commissioner Nathaniel Moody (Term Ends: 12/31/2023)
- Jaye Van Lenten (Term Ends: 12/31/2022)
- Matthew Smith (Term Ends: 12/31/2023)
- Ted Lott (Term Ends: 12/31/2024)
- Peter Vanderwier (Term Ends: 12/31/2025)
- Vacancy (Term Ends: 12/31/2025)
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