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 goal 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.
Interested in what the BID has accomplished in the last year? Click here for the 2014-15 Annual Report
Downtown Master Plan
What is it about downtowns you’ve visited that makes them memorable? How did that community achieve their vision? The Master Plan is a visioning and guiding document for the management and future growth of Downtown Helena by the Helena Business Improvement District, the City of Helena, and other agencies. Master plans are an important tool for guiding downtown economic growth.
Final Downtown Master Plan
Downtown is the heart of Helena. It is a special, unique place that has a strong emotional bond with residents and visitors alike. The community has many pieces that all need to function together, but the Downtown is central to how the community is defined. Business owners, residents, employees and citizens of the broader community have a shared passion and the Master Plan provides a guide for implementing changes that will attract future growth and development in Downtown. The Helena Business Improvement District is excited to steward the implementation of the Master Plan with its partners and the community.
Downtown is well poised for success. Current market trends favor Downtown growth, but the Master Plan must be proactive to capture these opportunities. Fundamental to the Plan is the idea that Downtown must not only sustain existing business but capture demand for development that is currently occurring elsewhere. The Master Plan builds on Downtown’s past success, leveraging its unique sense of place and historic identity to prepare for new opportunities in the changing marketplace. As many communities seek new approaches to economic development, Helena is well positioned to offer what people are looking for.
To access the draft plan and public involvement materials click HERE
The Business Improvement District Boundaries:
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. Click here to view more information about this project.
Montana Main Street Program
The Montana Main Street Program, established in 2005 and currently serving twenty-four communities across the state, is a collaborative effort between the Community Development Division and the Montana Office of Tourism at the Montana Department of Commerce. The Montana Main Street Program helps communities strengthen and preserve their historic downtown commercial districts by focusing on economic development, urban revitalization, and historic preservation through long-range planning, organization, design, and promotion.
Helena BID Board of Trustees
|Randy Riley, Chair
Wells Fargo Bank
350 N. Last Chance Gulch
613 N. Last Chance Gulch
825 Helena Ave.
40 W. 14th St.
Montana Outdoor Sports
708 N. Last Chance Gulch
333 N. Last Chance Gulch
Helena Business Improvement District Staff
Tracy Reich Carley Smith
Executive Director Administrative Assitant
Haley Miller Sherri Dowling
Program Coordinator Financial Coordinator