The BID’s Street Services program ensures the cleanliness of all public space within the BID’s boundaries and includes litter and trash removal, graffiti removal, sidewalk power washing, snow removal, weeding and minor tree pruning. Look for the BID’s “men in blue,” the 12-member Clean Team who work 363 days a year to keep Georgetown looking its best. This program also oversees rat abatement and control in the commercial district, through regular monitoring of specific areas throughout the BID along with the D.C. Department of Health and Department of Public Works.
The BID beautifies and enhances the neighborhood through a variety of seasonal landscape and décor programs, including 300 pink petunia flower baskets in the spring, festive décor during the holidays and tree maintenance in partnership with the city year round.
The BID is in continuous communication and partnership with the DC Metropolitan Police Department and advocates for appropriate police coverage. The BID also provides its members with useful and relevant information on a wide range of public safety-related topics, and periodically hosts public safety meetings at the BID offices.
Since its inception, the BID has had a longstanding relationship with the 25 year-old Georgetown Ministry Center (GMC) to support homeless services in Georgetown. The GMC was founded as a community response to homelessness and to help homeless individuals connect with housing opportunities, social and mental health services, and other needed assistance. The BID works regularly with GMC staff to support and educate the community.
Through a comprehensive marketing, communications, and special events program, the BID promotes Georgetown as a premier visitor and business destination throughout the year. Major events include the spring Georgetown French Market on Book Hill, Bike to Work Day in May, the Taste of Georgetown in the fall, and a full holiday calendar of events including a light-art exhibition, Georgetown GLOW. The BID manages the official website for Georgetown, social media channels on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and publishes a weekly promotional e-newsletter that goes out to all BID members and 6,000+ public subscribers. Every year, the BID designs and publishes the Official Georgetown Map & Pocket Guide, distributed to more than 100 hotels and other visitor locations such as the Convention Center.
Understanding the strength of the commercial district’s economy is the focus of the BID’s Economic Development program. Through the collection and analysis of economic data on the Georgetown economy, the BID creates reports, such as the annual State of Georgetown, to help business and government leaders make better-informed investment decisions. The program also works regularly with brokers and property owners to collaborate on projects that seek to improve the economic vitality of Georgetown.
The BID’s Transportation program focuses on planning, organizing, advocating, and implementing transportation improvements for all modes of travel to and from Georgetown. It strives to reduce vehicle congestion and increase investment in, and use of, transit, bicycles, pedestrian access, and car sharing; improve pedestrian safety; and better communicate all transportation options to, from, and around Georgetown including parking information.
Georgetown is an internationally known and highly sought after destination in D.C., and the Destination Management program’s focus is on creating and organizing enhancements to the visitor experience. This program works with visitor-oriented businesses and cultural entities, and enhances the world-class visitor experience through such visitor amenities as the Georgetown Visitor Center. This program also works with Georgetown Heritage, a non-profit dedicated to promoting and presenting the history of Georgetown—Washington, D.C.’s oldest neighborhood. Among its priorities is to restore and revitalize the historic C&O Canal, one of the area’s most unique assets and a popular visitor attraction.