Elmira Downtown is proud to manage the Downtown Business Improvement District (BID). Our goal is to provide the downtown business area with the resources to develop a strong marketing campaign, increase public awareness of downtown Elmira, and beautification projects in partnerships with the city of Elmira. We work closely with the business community, economic development partners, service organizations, city staff, city schools, and the arts community to make Elmira a better place to live, work and play.
Elmira Downtown is a not-for-profit corporation whose mission is the administration of the city's 52-block Business Improvement District. The Business Improvement District is a State of New York chartered not-for-profit organization charged with the revitalization, development, promotion and management of downtown Elmira. We plan and manage special events, including concerts, promotions, festivals, holiday celebrations, and a weekly farmer's market.
Environmental improvement programs include matching grants programs utilizing Community Development Block Grant dollars for facade improvements; annual Downtown CleanUp events; and implementation of the city's Master Plan Design Guidelines.
The EDD office serves as a central communication point between city government officials and downtown constituents, enabling coordinated dissemination of information regarding road work, rules and regulations, and special programs. Staff also offers public and media relations assistance and continuing education workshops and seminars to constituents.
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Founded in 1990 as Elmira Downtown Development Business Improvement District, the BID is governed by a 13 member Board of Directors.
3 City representatives
7 property owners
1 residential tenant
2 commercial tenants
Elmira Downtown operates with the following staff:
A full-time Executive Director - Jennifer Herrick
A full-time Executive Assistant - Elizabeth Treffeisen
The Elmira Downtown Business Improvement District is a comprehensive downtown revitalization and management program, with the goal to engage people, bring them into the heart of our city. Elmira Downtown offers services geared to the business district, as well as the community.
Marketing & Membership Services includes:
Regional Marketing Merchant
Communications & Liaison
Government Relations & Environment includes:
Operation Green Streets
Downtown Clean UP
Community Special Events includes:
Taste of Downtown
Elmira Street Painting Festival
Twin Tier Jazz Festival
Farm City Day - partnered with Cornell Cooperative Extension
Home for the Holidays
Each year Elmira Downtown prepares a work plan, appeal campaign and a yearly budget to support these and other activities.