Each year the Georgetown BID examines the performance of the commercial district and produces reports, studies, and other data on the Georgetown economy.These reports are intended to be resources for business owners, property owners, brokers, potential tenants, and others interested in doing business in Georgetown. The Retail Marker Report is the first report of the year. Contact Jamie Scott, the BID's economic development director, at for any questions or suggestions to improve these reports.

Old Georgetown Board White Paper

The Georgetown BID has produced a white paper that analyzes the Old Georgetown Board (OGB) design review process. The OGB is a Congressionally-chartered architectural review board charged with reviewing exterior alterations, demolition, and construction of buildings in Georgetown. The BID produced this paper to better understand the OGB process, identify issues, and explore opportuntities to improve the process while maintaining desirable historic preservation outcomes. Process changes seek to achieve the following:

  • reduce the number of times projects are reviewed
  • reduce the burden on CFA staff and OGB board members
  • provide greater guidance to applicants
  • simplify the process for small projects
  • improve accessibility of information to the public

The white paper is based on conversations with more than two dozen architects, business owners, building owners, DC Historic Preservation Office (HPO) staff, CFA staff, former OGB board members, and other experts familiar with the process. The BID is convening a working group of stakeholders to make consensus-based recommendations that can improve the process and result in positive outcomes for Georgetown, the District, and the OGB. We invite you to read the white paper and submit your comments to

Click here to read the OGB White Paper

Georgetown Resident Retail Survey

In November 2017, the Georgeotown BID conducted a survey of Georgetown residents to learn more about their shopping and dining behavior in Georgetown, and the retailers, restaurants, and experiences they would like to see in Georgetown.

2017 Resident Survey Executive Summary 

2017 Resident Survey Full Results