In early October, 2006, property owners in Downtown, Asylum Hill and a portion of Farmington Avenue will have a unique opportunity to take control of their own destiny. Property owners will vote on a City referendum to establish a business improvement district (BID); a logical next step in Hartford’s revitalization. Widely credited with transforming commercial districts in other cities, BIDs have become important economic engines in hundreds of cities across the country. The BID model empowers property owners by placing control of the district’s affairs in the owner’s hands. Property owners develop a vision for their district and manage programs that help it succeed. The goal of the proposed Hartford BID is a safe, clean, well-managed district that can successfully compete as an attractive location for business, tourism, entertainment and dining, shopping and living.
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