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Listening sessions announced to determine the fate of the Sandpoint BID

Post Date:05/05/2017 2:12 PM




Sandpoint – At its April 24, 2017 meeting, the Sandpoint City Council authorized an independent review of the structure and performance of the Sandpoint Business Improvement District and an intensive public input process to inform the City Council decision as to its future.

The City has retained Roger Woodworth of Mindset Matters, an independent consulting firm with significant strategic planning and economic development expertise, to engage business owners within the BID in: (1) assessing the current situation and (2) developing consensus recommendations as to any changes, including potentially termination.  The evaluation will consider:  governance and representation, fee structure, boundaries, types of businesses within the boundaries, participant engagement and perceptions, administrative effectiveness, project planning, selection and results, and other factors, as identified.

The process will begin with several listening sessions.  Each session will include a short presentation on the Boise State University survey results and provide time to receive BID members’ thoughtful input.  Later this summer, workshops will be held to report back and consider the information gathered.  Workshop participants will consider the full range of BID alternatives – revision, termination, or continuation as is.  Recommendations developed during the workshops will be circulated for review by the business owners in the BID prior to finalizing a report to the Sandpoint City Council to inform its decision on the future of the BID.

“It is critical that all of the businesses in the BID participate in this effort so we can get to the end result that reflects the desires and needs of the majority of the businesses within the district.  It is clear that the current model and structure is not working,” said Jennifer Stapleton, City Administrator.

The listening sessions scheduled are as follows:

May 15                 2 – 4 p.m. – Little Panida Theater (300 N. First Avenue)

                              7 – 9 p.m. -   Pend d’Oreille Winery  (301 Cedar Street, #101)

May 16                 7 – 9 a.m. - Cedar Street Bistro (334 N. First Avenue in Cedar Street Bridge)

                              11 – 1 p.m.  - Jalapeno’s banquet room (314 N 2nd Avenue)

May 22                 2 – 4 p.m. – Little Panida Theater (300 N. First Avenue)

                              7 – 9 p.m.  - Pend d’Oreille Winery (301 Cedar Street, #101)

May 23                 7 – 9 a.m.  - Cedar Street Bistro (334 N. First Avenue in Cedar Street Bridge)

A limited number of individual interviews will also be part of the process.  Please contact Melissa Ward at the City of Sandpoint if you would like to be among those interviewed.  Melissa can be reached at 208.263.3317 or mward@sandpointidaho.gov.

The City Council intends to make its decision regarding the fate of the BID in late July or August.  In the meantime, the City of Sandpoint has assumed temporary administration of the BID.  The flower basket program will be the only active program of the BID until the Council decision is made.  Flowers will be delivered May 18th and hung in time for the first big City-wide event of the summer season -- Lost in the 50’s.

For additional information, contact Jennifer Stapleton, City Administrator, at jstapleton@sandpointidaho.gov or 208.265.1483.
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