The members of the Downtown Spokane Partnership envision an exciting, attractive, and productive Downtown, providing employment and living opportunities, unique shopping, entertainment, cultural events, and recreational activities, integrated with surrounding neighborhoods. Ultimately, Downtown is a destination for people, drawing visitors from within the greater Spokane region and beyond.
The DSP is a private, non-profit membership organization that serves as Spokane's central city advocate and service provider, dedicated to enhancing the quality and vitality of Downtown Spokane as the basis for a healthy region.
The DSP accomplishes its mission through advocating for public policies, business and project development, quality planning, physical improvement projects, public safety, beautification, and marketing programs that ensure Downtown's continued success.
The DSP board meets monthly on the fourth Wednesday of the month to discuss budget, management and program delivery issues on behalf of the DSP membership, setting policies and strategic direction to build a more vital Downtown.
In order to ensure Downtown's continued success, the DSP actively pursues five strategic initiatives in collaboration with its partners, subsidiary corporation Ventures, and the community:
For more information on the DSP, go to the DSP page
The BID was created by Spokane City Council in July 1995 and reauthorized in 2001 at the request of the area's business and property owners. The City of Spokane hires the DSP to administer the BID on the City's behalf to deliver enhanced services including clean, safe, promotions, and parking in order to make Downtown a more attractive place to visit, shop, and invest.
Comprising approximately 80-blocks of the Central Business District, the BID boundaries are generally Maple to Browne, and the Railroad Viaduct to North River Drive. (BID MAP) More than 850 businesses and 350 property owners are contained within the area. Special assessments of over $1,000,000 from within the area. Special assessments of over $825,000 from within the BID fund activities, programs, and management. Property assessments are based on land and improvement values and businesses are assessed based upon square footage, use, and location.
The BID is governed by the Ratepayer Advisory Board (RAB), which meets monthly on the fourth Wednesday of the month to discuss budget, management, and program delivery issues on behalf of the BID Ratepayers. Board positions are designated by geography, business, and property type to ensure that the business district's interests are well represented and served.
The BID programs of clean, safe, fun, and parking have been fundamental since 1995, stabilizing Downtown and stimulating new investment. The BID encourages investment by providing the revenue and political will, to keep our commercial streets clean, safe, and economically vibrant.
For more information on the BID, visit the BID page.
The Downtown Spokane Ventures Association is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit development corporation doing business as the University District. As the revitalization and development opportunities continue to grow in the University District, the stakeholders in the University District Development Association (UDDA) transitioned from their informal community development network into a formal non-profit organization by attaining the legal 501(c)3 tax-exempt status through Ventures. This move creates a defining body better able to maneuver the intricacies of government partnerships, charitable donations, grant management, as well as other revitalization and development strategies. The newly-formed University District Board of Directors serves as the policy and decision-making body for the University District, while receiving its guidance from the larger representation of the University District Advisory Council.
The University District offers opportunities to address economic development issues, urban growth, environmental restoration, transportation and affordable housing needs. Connecting the core strengths of the educational institutions with regional economic drivers forms an urban laboratory for the creation of new knowledge and opportunities for applied, community -engaged research, resulting in economic value and quality of life.
Meet the Downtown Spokane Partnership Staff
Partnerships make things happen! The numerous accomplishments of the BID, DSP, and University District result from the strong support of our many partners! Thanks to everyone for your part in the ongoing efforts to maximize the unique characteristics of Downtown.
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