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The Business Improvement District (BID), the property-owner organization, was created in 2005 and renewed for 10 years in 2015; the BID manages clean, safe, and outreach programs.
The Community Innovations (CI), a coalition of the business community, social services, city government and officials, tribal leaders, law enforcement, and the faith community, came to exist after The Downtown Billings Alliance and City of Billings co-hosted a Community Innovations Summit in October of 2014 to address the issues of chronic inebriation, an increase in street disorder, and transiency affecting the city, and downtown Billings in particular. The Summit showcased data-driven and solution-oriented national best practices. Community Innovations continues to see measurable, positive impacts and continues to drive change through creation of working task forces, implementation of comprehensive, downtown community policing program, a continuum of care where the cornerstone is cultural awareness and sensitivity in counseling and treatment, while intersecting vulnerable populations with resources and alternatives to cyclical, addictive, or negative behavior.
The Downtown Billings Association (DBA), which was known as the merchant/membership organization, was created in 1985. The DBA promotes and advocates for a vital city center through programmatic and place-making elements like event management, public art, and greenspace development.
The Downtown Billings Partnership (DBP), the economic development and redevelopment arm of the Alliance, was created in 1998, to implement the transformative 1997 Framework Plan, the downtown master plan. The DBP assists the City of Billings with Tax Increment Financing (TIF) investment in largely the central business district. Since the implementation of the Framework Plan in 1998, there have been 335 projects totaling over $66 million in Tax Increment Financing District (TIFD) funds and over $234 million in private investment to revitalize and grow the city center, downtown Billings.