Prince George Downtown Business Improvement Association (“Downtown Prince George”) serves all the property owners and all the businesses/tenants in C1 Zone of Prince George. Each and every property owner and business in the downtown is entitled to a membership with our organization.
The organization exists through a municipal bylaw. The current 5-Year bylaw expires in 2018. By way of the bylaw, the organization is funded through a special, property-tax levy paid by all downtown property owners. These costs are then passed on to businesses (renters) via rental rates and/or triple net leases.
Downtown Prince George has two full-time staff members and, currently, a 13 member Board of Directors with three Ex-Officio members (Chamber of Commerce, Tourism PG and the City of Prince George).
What We Do:
Our primary task is partnerships and advocacy, focusing on three key areas: Civic Matters such as infrastructure/parking and Business Development (working with the City of PG) as well as Safety/Crime Reduction (working with RCMP, the Downtown Enforcement Unit and Community Policing).
Aside of staffing, our budget is largely allocated to Beautification including litter control, hanging baskets, façade improvement grants and graffiti mitigation and Events & Promotions including shopping incentives and our flagship Summerfest street party.
Ultimately, our goal is to make downtown Prince George as safe and beautiful as we can so as to increase traffic and attract new business.
Our Annual General Meetings are held in the spring. We encourage you to attend. Please ensure that your Membership Information Form is on file with us so that you are eligible to vote.
A diverse Board of Directors is important to our organization so that we may consider the full spectrum of stakeholders in our strategic planning and leverage a variety of skill sets and community connections toward a better downtown. The Board is elected annually at the AGM and Board meetings are held seven times per year, typically at noon, with lunch included.
Presently, our two most active Committees are the Beautification Committee and the Events & Promotions Committee. The initiatives and activities under these two committees represent a significant portion of the funds spent from our annual budget. You do not need to be a board member to sit on a committee! New committees may be established as the needs arise. Committee meetings are also held every other month and typically last 1 hour.
If you would like to engage with the association at any level, you can call the office (250) 614-1330 or email us at email@example.com.