Upcoming presentation on BIDs and an update on our work!

We’re excited to announce that we’re hosting a panel presentation!

The Great Cities collaborative is inviting community members, stakeholders, and interested parties to learn about the Business Improvement District model as well as the work they are doing to install this model in the Twin Cities metro area. The group will be giving a panel presentation followed by a question and answer session.


  • Carol Jean Becker, Overview of Business Improvement Districts
  • David Feehan, Business Improvement District operations
  • Area Presentations (directors of each org will speak to challenges & progress)
  1. Joyce Wisdom – Lake Street Council: BID Challenges & Benefits: working with existing Special Service Districts
  2. Jamie Schumacher – Northeast Community Development Corporation: Budgets & Change; Investigating the Arts District & targeted marketing
  3. Matthew Ides – SPARC on Rice Street: Transition and leadership; working with City Councilmembers
  4. Brian McMahon – University United: Transit Improvements and Creating an Industrial Business District
  5. Erin Jerabek – West Broadway Business and Area Coalition: Stakeholders & the importance of marketing along commercial corridors
  6. Jamie Schumacher – West Bank Business Association: Working with Institutions and installing a West Bank Improvement District

There will be a Q&A session for participants following panel presentation

Location:     The Southern Theater
1420 Washington Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55454
Date:        Tuesday July 17th, 10:00am – 12:00pm
Cost:         Free

The Great Cities project is a collaborative research project between the NE CDC, SPARC on Rice Street, the West Broadway Business and Area Coalition, University United, the West Bank Business Association and Lake Street Council. The project investigates the implementation process and impact of Business Improvement Districts on commercial corridors and the community. For more information about the collaborative or this event, including speaker bios, please contact Jamie Schumacher – jamie@thewestbank.org

To download a pdf version of this spreadsheet, please click here: http://www.great-cities.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/BIDPressRelease1.pdf

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