The 2018 EID

The DBBA is funded primarily by the Economic Improvement District (EID) created in May of 2007  by City of Bend ordinance to improve and maintain downtown.  Each EID since that time has lasted 3 years, and has been renewed at each expiration. Our next renewal will be voted on in April 2018.


Our last budget increase through the EID was 6 years ago in 2012.


This year, the EID renewal has moved to 25 cents.  This will allow us to continue our existing programs (click here to learn about what we do), accommodate inflation and cost of living increases, and fund future growth and development.


Downtown Bend Economic Improvement District 2018 Q & A


What is an Economic Improvement District (EID)?

An EID is a funding mechanism that enables Downtown Bend to achieve its goal of staying successful. Throughout the U.S. cities of all sizes utilize EIDs as an equitable way to fund improvements. With an EID, ALL property owners (and thus tenant business owners) contribute to the effort via an assessment of square footage. The EID may invest in improvements of beautification, maintenance, marketing and other projects or programs in order to generate economic activity and ultimately increase property values.


Don’t we already have one of these?

Downtown has benefitted from an EID since 2005. The current district will terminate as planned in April 2018. The EID has been responsible for such popular improvements as the flower baskets, banners, holiday decorations, sidewalk cleaning, snow removal as well as events and marketing.


What changes with this proposed EID?

The annual assessment will be $0.25 per square foot of commercial building space for a three-year period.


Once approved, we plan to launch an aggressive campaign to increase safety and cleanliness in Downtown Bend. This includes a 4-pronged approach:

  • 1.  Authority on the street:
    • -Increased Private Security Guard (in partnership with the City of Bend)
    • -Increased Police Presence (in partnership with Bend Police)
  • 2.   Visibility/Transparency:
    • -Increased Security Cameras (in partnership with the City of Bend and Bend Police)
    • -Increased Lighting in Downtown (in partnership with the City of Bend and Bend Police)
  • 3.   Projects:
    • -Downtown 86 Project (in partnership with Bend Police)
    • -Downtown Bend Cares Project  (in partnership with the City of Bend)
  • 4.   Cleaning:
    • -Deep cleaning of sidewalks and alleyways (in partnership with the City of Bend)
    • -Downtown Spruce-up Days
    • -Downtown Ambassador Program


Once approved, we will increase our focus on parking and transportation in the Downtown core. This includes:

  • -Establishing a parking and transportation committee
  • -Rolling out our ‘Employee parking education & incentive’ program
  • -Working closely with the City of Bend Parking Manager, Move Bend, Bend 2030, local Neighborhood Associations, Central Oregon Landwatch, and more to develop plans for new programs, streetscape and policies to improve parking and transportation.


Once approved, we will increase historic renovation & cultivation within the EID

  1. -Match building owners with grant opportunities to restore their buildings
  2. -Work with the Deschutes Historical Museum on a self-guided historic tour of Downtown
  3. -Increase community education using the press and social media about our Downtown’s rich culture.


Once approved, we will rebrand Downtown and increase marketing

  • As Bend grows and more shopping districts pop up it is imperative that we stay competitive in our branding and marketing and top of mind with our community members and visitors.  Top of mind with potential customers = increased sales for merchants = happy tenants and full occupancy for building owners.


Once approved, we will increase events and community projects

  • This includes events like our Downtown Easter Egg Hunt & Spring Event, an Ugly Sweater Pub Crawl, new public art projects, and developing our ‘Holiday Lane’ concept.  Events and projects in Downtown allow our visitors and community to create memorable moments with Downtown as the backdrop.  Positive experiences like these increase, among other things, return customers, positive public perception, future sponsorship and increased occupancy rates.


Once approved, we will increase advocacy

  • This will allow us to shape how Downtown Bend grows in relation to our City.  For example, we are currently working hard to advocate to keep the Hawthorne exit open when Hwy 97 is redone.  Issues like this are important to the future vitality of Downtown, and it is important that we have a seat at the table and a strong voice in the discussion.


Once approved, we will increase fundraising & grant writing

  • This will allow us to further expand our Downtown impact.  For example, fundraising could, among other things, allow us to spearhead a project like purchasing & installing Downtown drinking fountains for people and their puppies.


What happens if the EID goes away?

Failure to reauthorize the EID for 2018 would likely cause the end of many downtown projects. Funding would be lost for flower baskets, holiday lights and decorations, sidewalk cleaning, snow removal, banners and more. Downtown would lose its liaison and advocate as well as marketing and maintenance staff. Events like Art Walk, Oktoberfest, the Sidewalk Sale, the Holiday tree lighting, visits with Santa, the Veteran’s Day and Christmas Parades, and more will lose funding leading to their potential cancellation.


How were the EID assessments determined?

The nonprofit Downtown Bend Business Association Board of Directors and staff have been meeting with property and business owners to determine the scope of work, budget, project area, and duration of District. We have been doing a lot of research to address what we need to do to continue to keep Downtown Bend vibrant.


What are the next steps?

There will be public hearings that will allow property owner comment. Property owners will receive an official letter from the City of Bend announcing the first public hearing scheduled in March. City Council, after hearing from property and business owners, will then determine the course of the EID. The final hearing to consider approval will occur in April. If approved, billing for the reauthorized EID will go out in June.


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What is the rate of Inflation since 2012?

Our new budget covers the cost of living increases from 2012 (our last EID increase) to 2021 (our next EID renewal).  Rates of inflation are calculated using the current Consumer Price Index published monthly by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).  Projected inflation rates can be found here.




If you have questions about our organization, our Executive Director is happy to chat on the phone or go have coffee with you to discuss Downtown Bend and our organization’s role in keeping it vibrant.  You can contact her directly here.


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