Business Improvement District (BID)

Helena Business Improvement DistrictMission Statement: The Helena Business Improvement District (BID) is a leader, facilitator, provider and advocate for a planned, creative program that results in the continual improvement of property values and properties in Helena.

The Helena Business Improvement District continues to be a leading force within the Helena business community. The BID strives to build a stronger and more efficient collaboration among the existing property and business owners through multi-media and electronic based communication and coordination; clean and safe projects; landscaping improvements and stronger promotions. Our mission is to create a vital avenue of support as the organization serving as the catalyst in economic development in the Heart of Helena. The role of the BID is essential for continued success in building the momentum in making Helena a great place to do business, invest, live, work and play.

New News

Tracy Reich named Executive Director of the Helena Business Improvement District

On behalf of the Helena Business Improvement District Board of Directors, our constituents and our partners, I am excited to announce that Tracy Reich has accepted the position of Executive Director of the Helena Business Improvement District.  Tracy expects to start her new role February 3, 2014.

Tracy is a native Montanan born in Hamilton.  Her experience includes over 20 years of non-profit management, economic development & urban revitalization.  Tracy has spent the last 11 years with Impact Capital serving in a variety of roles including, most recently, Director of Community Programs.  Tracy has also served as Downtown Coordinator for the City of Chandler, AZ; Executive Director of The Vancouver Downtown Association in Vancouver, WA and Executive Director of the Colville Main Street Revitalization Program, Colville, WA.

We believe that Tracy has the proper background and experience to make positive impact on the Helena Business Improvement District and our community at large.  She is a strong communicator and has the skill sets required to effectively collaborate with the various stakeholders in our community.  We look forward to her leadership and welcome Tracy to Helena.

 

Sincerely,

Randy Riley
Chair, Helena Business Improvement District
406-447-2015


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The BID board of trustees adopted their strategic plan to emulate the National MainStreet Model. The National MainStreet Model focuses on the four working principles of Organization, Design, Economic Restructuring and Promotion. Each board of trustee has made the commitment to serve on one or more of these working committees to ensure the stated goals and objectives proposed in the work plan and budget are kept on task.

Greening America’s Capitals

Greening America’s Capitals is a project of the Partnership for Sustainable Communities between EPA, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to help state capitals develop an implementable vision of distinctive, environmentally friendly neighborhoods that incorporate innovative green building and green infrastructure strategies.  This program assists three to five communities per year.

Helena was selected for the Greening America’s Capitals program in 2012 along with:

• Baton Rouge, Louisiana

• Des Moines, Iowa

• Frankfort, Kentucky

• Indianapolis, Indiana

http://www.epa.gov/smartgrowth/greencapitals.htm 

Creating a Common Vision

Greening America’s Capitals helped the city and community stakeholders create a common vision for designing intersection improvements to improve traffic flow, create safer crossings for pedestrians and bicyclists, and improve the connection to downtown.

The project looked at the one-way/two-way question plus the challenges of a five-point intersection along Last Chance Gulch.

Focus Groups

Focus groups helped identify preliminary design concepts and implementation strategies for presentation at the second open house.

These focus groups included:

• Business and Economic Development;

• Green Infrastructure and Landscape;

• Multi-modal Transportation and Circulation;

• Historic Preservation, Public Art and Culture;

• Social Services/Public Health; and

• Implementation Strategies.

Open Houses

The City of Helena hosted public open houses on February 25 and 27 to present potential design concepts for the portion of Last Chance Gulch around the 5-way intersection of Last Chance Gulch/ Neill Avenue/11th Avenue, and the Last Chance Gulch/6th Avenue intersection.  Some of the first design concepts were revised for the second open house.

Power Point Presentations  (Large Files)

Implementation Concepts

What spurred the most interest and excitement:

  • Improving the crossing of Neill at Front Street and connecting through alley along Women’s Park to historic core
  • Expanding the mall into 6th and Last Chance Gulch Intersection
  • Slowing speeds in the downtown

Incremental and opportunistic implementation:

  • Striping and sharrows on South Last Chance Gulch
  • Infrastructure project programmed for Front Street
  • Look for other public and private projects that can help implement the Sustainable Street Network

Montana Main Street Program

The Montana Department of Commerce is awarding a total of nearly $36,000 to five Montana Main Street (MMS) communities, one of which is a brand new member to the program. The previously enrolled communities of Glendive/Dawson County, Shelby, Terry and Whitehall will receive grants, along with the newest Affiliate Community Member, the City of Helena.  Click HERE for the full story.

 

Helena BID & HPC Board of Trustees

Randy Riley, Chair
406-447-2015
Wells Fargo Bank
350 N. Last Chance Gulch
Helena, MT 59601
randyriley@wellsfargo.com
Term: 10/31/13

Mike Dowling, Past Chair
406-457-5470
DSArchitects, PC
55 W. 14th St., Suite 103
Helena, MT 59601
mdowling@dsa-mt.com
Term: 10/31/14

Bill Crane
406-442-2218
Montana Shares
825 Helena Ave.
Helena, MT 59601
Term: 10/31/16

Judy Merickel
406-457-5541
Project Management
40 W. 14th St.
Helena, MT 59601
judy@gntc.info
Term: 10/31/15

Al Roy
406-443-6473
Trophy Case
613 N. Last Chance Gulch
Helena, MT 59601
Term: 10/31/15

Linda Reed
406-461-6826
Downtown Resident
lindareed@gmail.com
Term: 10/31/16