With nearly twenty years’ experience, Civitas provides unparalleled expertise in forming, modifying, and renewing improvement districts.
Improvement districts provide structure and stable funding for economic development through revitalization and marketing efforts. Civitas’ team of experts has guided over 100 districts through the formation, modification, or renewal process. Civitas has formed property and business based districts, city and county wide districts, and improvement and marketing districts. Civitas’ clients are innovative cities, counties, and community organizations working together to create a strong future for their locale.
Civitas provides unmatched expertise in district formation and renewal. Civitas’ founder and current president, John Lambeth, has authored business improvement district laws in California, Nevada, and Hawaii. He helped form California’s first property and business improvement in 1995, a vigorous district that continues to operate today. Civitas has also worked with international districts in South America; in 2011 our efforts led to formation of Central America’s first BID in San Salvador, El Salvador.
Whether your district is old or new, large or small, rural or urban, Civitas’ experience will help you make a difference. Civitas provides comprehensive management of all aspects of the formation, renewal, and modification processes, for an efficient, effective, expertly guided project. Civitas approaches every project with a customer-centric philosophy and works closely with clients and district stakeholders to make their vision reality.
Downtown Burbank is an award-winning urban neighborhood spanning 34-blocks of retail, office, residential and entertainment destinations. The District boasts more than 200 shops and 90 restaurants including IKEA, Flappers Comedy Club, The Colony Theatre, RA Organic Spa, AMC 16 Theaters and Burbank Town Center. Movie screens consistently rank in the top five of theatrical circuits nationwide. The area is bounded by Verdugo Avenue, Glenoaks Boulevard, Burbank Boulevard and the I-5 in Burbank, Calif., and contains more than 9,000 parking spaces. The District is managed by Downtown Burbank Partnership, a California nonprofit mutual benefit corporation.
Property-based improvement district comprising 35 city blocks and more than 300 merchants. A vibrant international dining district with over 45 choices of eateries including American cafe, Mexican, Asian, Argentine, Italian, and fusion. Events include Thursdays Farmers Market, monthly Gourmet Food Trucks, Salsa Festival, Multicultural Festival.
The Westwood Village Improvement Association (WVIA) is a property-based assessment district that encompasses Westwood Village, a unique and vibrant commercial district located on the Westside of Los Angeles. Our district serves a population of over 220,000 people living within a three-mile radius. Bordered on the north by UCLA, Westwood Village is bountiful shopping and restaurant district, welcoming visitors of all interests. Westwood Village is also a cultural mecca and entertainment destination. The WVIA was founded in 2011.
Downtown Sacramento Partnership is a nonprofit, property-based improvement district (PBID) that serves as the collective voice for the 197 property owners and more than 400 businesses located within the 66-block urban core of Sacramento. Driven by the mission to build value downtown, Downtown Partnership is the principal advocate, champion, and steward for those who work, live, visit and do business in downtown Sacramento.
The Mission of the Downtown Association of Santa Cruz is to provide leadership, in order to create, promote and develop downtown as a viable and successful business, entertainment, residential and cultural center
Downtown Santa Monica, Inc. is a private 501c(3) non-profit organization that works with the City of Santa Monica to manage services and operations in Downtown Santa Monica while promoting economic stability, growth and community life within this unique neighborhood.
DTSM, Inc. manages the Property-based Business Assessment District bounded by Ocean Avenue to the west, Wilshire Boulevard to the north, Lincoln Boulevard to the east and the Santa Monica Freeway to the south.
The Downtown Organization of Santa Barbara, Inc. is dedicated to the promotion and enhancement of the business, cultural, community, and environmental vitality of Downtown Santa Barbara for the benefit of its members, Santa Barbara residents, and visitors.
Downtown SLO is a 501 (c)(6) nonprofit founded in 1975 whose mission is to foster an economically vibrant Downtown. Downtown SLO serves the community by working on initiatives like parking and beautification efforts, coordinating special events and the weekly Farmers’ Market, supporting economic activities and examining Downtown issues.
The organization began as a Business Improvement Association in 1975 when business owners decided to self-assess to improve the district and develop unified promotions, beautification projects, and parking programs for the Downtown area.
In 1998 the organization became the Downtown Association, and in 2008 changed its organizational structure from a city advisory body to an independent 501 (c) 6 nonprofit in order to better serve our members. In 2017, the Board of Directors chose to refresh our image and brand, and now we are proud to be known as Downtown SLO.
Currently, we house seven committees comprised of business owners, employees, and the public at large. The Board of Directors is comprised of business owners, managers, financial institutions, not-for-profits, the media and higher education. Together, we strive to enrich our Downtown community through beautification efforts, placemaking, and supporting a vibrant economy.
The Hollywood Property Owners Alliance is a 501(c)6 nonprofit corporation that manages the Hollywood Entertainment District property business improvement district (BID). The HPOA is governed by 17 property owners and/or representatives representing the diverse array of property types in the District: commercial, residential, hotel, parking lot, nonprofit and government-owned.
The HED is funded by approximately 400 property owners who assess themselves more than $3.4M annually to pay for cleaning, security, streetscape and marketing services.
The HPOA meets monthly, on the third Thursday at 4 p.m. There are three active committees. The Joint Security Committee meets in concert with members of the Sunset & Vine BID (the sister BID to the south) on the second Wednesday of the month at 10 a.m. The Joint Streetscape & Planning Committee meets on the first Wednesday of each month at 9:30 a.m.. The HED Ad-hoc Marketing working group meets on an as-needed basis. All committees and the board meeting are open to the public. Agendas are posted at the HPOA staff office at 6562 Hollywood Blvd., and also on the website.
In addition to managing the Hollywood Entertainment District BID, under contract to the city of Los Angeles, the HPOA has also entered into a service contract with the Central Hollywood Coalition, to manage the day to day operations of the Sunset & Vine BID. There are five full-time staff employed by the HPOA. For more information, contact Kerry Morrison, executive director, at firstname.lastname@example.org
The mission of the Old Pasadena Management District is to enhance and promote Old Pasadena as a unique, authentic, and vibrant downtown experience.
The OPMD is a non-profit management organization that exists to protect and serve the collective interests of the owners, tenants, and residents of Old Pasadena. By contract with the City of Pasadena, and governed by an elected Board of Directors, OPMD manages the Old Pasadena PBID which oversees services and programs including cleaning, security, marketing, events, economic development, and advocacy on behalf of the District. Under a separate contract with the City, OPMD oversees management of the area’s public parking garages.