Monday, February 28, 2011

Roundup: Commercial Districts in the News, February 28, 2011

Art on First aims at luring tourists to downtown Napa, North Bay Business Journal
Numerous hotels and storefronts, along with the tourism improvement district are presenting the program as a means to keep downtown Napa and surrounding areas a tourist attraction, with activities that will draw more visitors to the city itself.

Cities consider forming a tourism special district, Ventura County Star
The partnership among the three cities would create a Tourism Business Improvement District where hotels, motels and RV parks would be assessed 1.5 percent of their total room rental revenue. The five-year assessment is expected to bring in about $1.2 million annually.

Dorchester free parking scheme set for long stay, Dorset Echo
A town in England has experimented with a parking voucher system that provides two hours of free parking for shoppers who at least spend £10 (approximately $16 dollars). The parking scheme has been hailed as a "runaway success".

Coke Gets the Mall, Pepsi Gets Downtown, Washington City Paper
PepsiCo is working with the Downtown Business Improvement District and the D.C. Department of Public Works to start a recycling program involving something called a "Dream Machine.

Sprinkles Gives Local Businesses a Sneak Peek,
A small business in the Georgetown Business Improvement District plays 'good neighbor' by offering local businesses a baker's dozen of free cupcakes before opening it's doors to the public. Nice idea!

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