The DBBA is funded primarily by the
Economic Improvement District which was createdin May of 2012 by City of Bend ordinance to achieve specific objectives to improve
downtown. The EID was approved by vote of the 96% of the property owners who elected to annually assess themselves $0.18 per square foot of commercial space to complete ascope of work to improve downtown.The DBBA responsibilities include but are not limited to: Flower baskets‐every block‐spring, summer and fall, beautified planters‐every block‐year around, sidewalk snow removal‐clear path for customers‐District wide, sidewalk sweeping and debris removal‐year around, graffiti removal‐on public right of way‐year around, holiday tree lights & decorations, banners, benches, trash receptacles‐recondition & maintenance, marketing downtown to promote business, events‐to draw customers‐Parades, Street Festivals, Monthly Art Walks, Bi‐annual Art Hops, Sidewalk Sale, Holiday Tree Lighting, and Advertising via radio, tv, print, web and other mediums. Additional funding comes from grants and fundraisers like our annual Bend Oktoberfest. The DBBA also works cooperatively with businesses, the City, Visit Bend, the Bend Chamber of Commerce, Central Oregon Visitors’ Association, the Old Mill District, and local lodging properties to promote Bend as a destination. Marketing
is done in partnership with these organizations when applicable.
The Board of Directors oversees staff and makes policy decisions that determine the direction of the Economic Improvement District and the DBBA.