Main Street Programs and Business Improvement Districts (BIDS)
Municipal Implementation Tool #002

Main Street Programs and Business Improvement Districts (BIDS)

Product No.: MIT002
Date Published: 10/2002

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This brochure is the second in a series of "implementation tools" brochures based on the recommendations in Horizons 2025, the region's long-range plan. This brochure covers basic information about Main Street Programs and Business Improvement Districts (BIDS), two highly effective tools for economic development and historic preservation. Each of these programs requires strong cooperation and involvement between the public and private sectors, citizens, business people and elected officials and a patient commitment to long-term economic revitalization. Main Street Programs and BIDS are designed to improve all aspects of the downtown by providing economic management, improving public participation and reinventing downtown areas attractive destinations.

Geographic Area Covered: 9-County Delaware Valley Region (Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia Counties in Pennsylvania and Burlington, Camden, Gloucester and Mercer Counties in New Jersey)

Key Words: Main Streets, economic development, historic preservation, four-point approach, Business Improvement Districts (BIDS), long-range planning, building codes, rehabilitation, redevelopment, Downtown Reinvestment, streetscape enhancements, strategic planning, transportation, marketing, property values and revitalization assistance and support.

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