Get on Board


The Ratepayer Board of Directors sets policy and determines how BID resources are spent to improve the economic capacity of Downtown through the provisions of enhanced municipal services in the areas of cleanliness, safety, promotions, marketing, and transportation. Your expertise and participation can help guide the BID to continue providing a high level of service and maintain the positive revitalization momentum underway in Downtown Spokane.

The BID is an organizing and financing mechanism used by property and business owners to determine the future of their retail, commercial and industrial areas. The funds assessed by the City are collected and used for supplemental services and capital improvements. 

The following seats are available representing:
  • Large Retail: Occupying more than 20k square feet
  • Non Profit: Located within the BID, or provides services within the BID
  • Residential: Tenant or owner
The following seats are up for renewal of existing board members representing:
  • Small Retail
  • Small Business
  • Large Business
  • Accountant
  • Zone 2
  • Zone 3

The Downtown Spokane Business Improvement District (BID) has three (3) two-year terms of the twenty two (22) Board seats available beginning February 2017.

The Ratepayer Board Nominating Committee is currently seeking interested persons to fill these important positions. All Ratepayers in good standing are encouraged to consider submitting an application for consideration by the Nominating Committee.

Please submit your application no later than Friday, December 2, 2016. Once received, the Nominating Committee will review all applicants and recommend a slate of candidates to the Board for approval. The slate and any other nominee will be voted on at the Downtown Spokane Annual Meeting of the BID in February 2016.

Should you have any questions, please contact Sherri Vernon at 509-456-0580 

Complete application online
Download a hardcopy application


Expectations of a BID Ratepayer Advisory Board member:
  • Be a willing partner in continued revitalization of downtown Spokane.
  • Understand and actively promote the BID and its affiliate organizations.
  • Educate self about the BID, its operations and the impact of continual changes in urban environment.
  • Familiarize self with Board matters prior to the attending the meetings.
  • Attend and actively participate in meetings of the Board and its committees as assigned. Three (3) meetings missed in a calendar year may, at the Board’s discretion, may be cause for removal.
  • Engage with property/business owners in your zone/industry and represent their interests at the Board meetings.
  • Serve as a representative of the community in all deliberations and actions of the Board.
  • Evaluate, amend and approve reports from the BID staff and committees of the Board.
  • Understand the distinctions among the business of the Board, management and staff.
  • Understand the impact of changes occurring in the Downtown environment and how it impacts the BID and Board responsibilities.
  • Attend events and be actively engaged in representing interests of the BID and positioning of BID Board. 

Ratepayer Advisory Board Expectations