WHAT/WHERE IS THE BID?
The downtown BID (Business Improvement District) is comprised of all businesses and buildings within several blocks of downtown Hartford, Wisconsin (see attached map). In creating the district, the purpose of unifying its “inhabitants” was to generate the income needed to support maintenance and growth of the businesses, buildings, and people within.
ESTABLISHMENT OF THE BID BOARD
In order to give members of this district a voice and provide leadership, a volunteer board of directors was established. The original intent of this group was to ensure that the infrastructure and downtown environment was managed and grown to support business development and economic growth for its members and the community at large.
CURRENT BID BOARD GOALS
Over the years and through the succession of several BID directors, the original focus of the BID board (coordination of infrastructure development and downtown beautification) subtly began to shift, with more time and resources being allocated toward the planning and coordination of downtown events. Recently, discussion of the BID board’s original purpose re-surfaced and a group decision was made to return to the BID's roots.
The current focus has been in coordinating and/or supporting efforts in a few key areas, including: The downtown lights project (scheduled completion in Winter 2018), signage and wayfinding (completed in 2018), the aesthetic appearance of the district, utilization of resources (structural, environmental, and human), and new business recruitment.
COMMUNITY EVENTS COLLABORATION
Rather than fragmenting resources, the BID voted to work in harmony with the Hartford Chamber of Commerce to fine-tune events that are meaningful to both our community and our business owners.
Each downtown event is coordinated and managed by the Chamber, but directed by a BID board member and/or participating business owner(s). This collaboration helps ensure events are meaningful and impactful for those within the district.
WHO SERVES ON THE BID BOARD?
As a 100% volunteer organization comprised of downtown business/building owners, the BID board donates many hours to help fulfill its mission. The board’s driving focus is in helping to deliver a downtown destination that entices commerce and ultimately benefits everyone within the BID.
CURRENT BOARD MEMBERS
Gerry Schnorenberg (Schnorenberg's Floor Covering), President
Diane Mayer (Salon Effervescence), Vice President
Jason Wix (Faith and Giggles), Treasurer
Dana Osmanski (First Weber Realtors), Secretary
Wendy Dulak (Second Chance Ventures)
Tricia Hoehn (Lotus Be Well)
Dawn Mueller (Wisconsin Auto Museum)
David Pye (Quad/Graphics)
Tim Purman (First National Bank)
Mike Raasch (Expedition Supply)
Alixe Rheeve (Furnish Traders)
Pamela Terpstra (Westphal Mansion Inn Bed & Breakfast and Pamela's Corner Boutique Gift Shop)
In moving forward successfully as a district, the BID board not only welcomes, but relies upon downtown business and building owner participation in creating and/or refining our activities to draw new and repeat business to the downtown area.
For general questions, comments, or requests, please submit the contact form or email email@example.com.
Note: If you have a specific question or request pertaining to a downtown event, please contact our events partner, the Hartford Chamber of Commerce, directly at (262) 673-7002 or firstname.lastname@example.org.