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Sandpoint BID Workshops Announced

Post Date:06/15/2017 12:10 PM

PRESS RELEASE

6/15/2017 - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

SANDPOINT BID WORKSHOPS ANNOUNCED

Sandpoint – At its April 24, 2017 meeting, the Sandpoint City Council authorized an independent review of the structure and performance of the Sandpoint Business Improvement District and an intensive public input process to inform the City Council decision as to its future.  The City has contracted with Roger Woodworth of Mindset Matters to engage stakeholders in (1) assessing the current situation; and (2) developing consensus recommendations as to any changes. 

Seven separate listening sessions and more than a dozen individual interviews were conducted May 15 – 24, 2017.  The input gathered is now being summarized for presentation during two workshops to be held at Tango Café on June 22, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m., and June 23, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.  During these workshops, the ideas shared, opinions expressed, and concerns identified during the listening sessions will be presented.  Information about the state statutory requirements for BIDs, the City’s current BID ordinance, and composition of current BID membership and fees will also be shared.

Workshop participants will be asked to consider all of these inputs in a facilitated deliberation about the full range of BID alternatives.  The options for consideration will range from termination to replacement, or continuation as-is or with significant revisions.  The findings and recommendations developed during the workshops will be summarized and circulated for review prior to finalizing a report to City Council.  The City Council intends to make its decision regarding the fate of the BID in late July or August. 

In the meantime, the City of Sandpoint has assumed temporary administration of the BID.  The flower basket program will be the only active program of the BID until the Council decision is made. 

“I strongly urge the business owners within the BID boundaries to attend one of the workshops.  We value your thoughts and opinions and our Council wants to reach a conclusion that is responsive to the desires of our local business owners and promotes a vibrant downtown,” said Jennifer Stapleton, Sandpoint City Administrator. 

Space is limited to 40 participants per session due to space limitations and meal planning. Lunch or dinner will be served. Ensure your voice is heard and RSVP today by calling the City at 253-3317 or email clerksoffice @sandpointidaho.gov.  Space is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

For additional information, contact Jennifer Stapleton, City Administrator, at jstapleton@sandpointidaho.gov or 208.265.1483.  

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