Santa Cruz County Office for Economic Development works to implement six goals within the Economic Vitality Strategy. One of the goals is related to downtown health, as we have nine downtowns in the unincorporated area. The office also coordinates a countywide celebration for Small Business Saturday and a Micro Business Summit in the spring.
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
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The Old Monterey Business Association (OMBA) is a nonprofit organization committed to enhancing and promoting the economic vitality and community spirit of Old Monterey. A certified member of the National Main Street program since 1992, the OMBA produces a local dining guide, monthly Commercial Space listings, and a Path of History brochure that guides both locals and visitors through a celebration of Monterey’s exciting past.
We strive to enhance and promote the economic vitality and community spirit of Old Monterey, as well as maintaining the Downtown as a unique retail, entertainment, and commercial center for both residents and visitors of Old Monterey.
KONO is defining the new Oakland. KONO District has become the hub of arts and culture in the Bay Area, featuring the Oakland First Fridays Street Festival and Art Murmur Gallery Walk, which draws between 30,000 and 50,000 attendees each month. Oakland has the second highest per capita of artists in the country and KONO houses 20+ art venues, several murals and public art displays. Along with the arts, KONO features Oakland’s most popular craft beer gardens and pubs. Visit KONO to see what all the Oakland hype is about.
The Union Square BID serves members and creates a high quality visitor experience by managing and activating public spaces, attracting new investment and advocating for the District’s future success.
The Temescal Telegraph Business Improvement District is an independent non-profit, funded by Temescal property owners that was formed in 2004 to make the Temescal Telegraph commercial corridor more pedestrian-friendly for its residents, build upon the sense of community, and attract new shoppers. Temescal is a vibrant neighborhood leading the Oakland renaissance, full of innovative and diverse people creating small independent thoughtfully-curated shops, restaurants and services, celebrating emerging arts and culture in our community.
TBID is a Property-based business improvement district in the iconic Telegraph neighborhood on the south side of the UC Berkeley campus. We have an ambassador program focused on clean and safe. We also have a new smartphone-enabled historical walking tour that is very popular.
Walnut Creek Downtown is an association made up of every business and property owner within the borders of the city’s downtown Business Improvement District. Its more than 650 members include restaurants, shops, entertainment venues and service providers. The organization’s mission is to work with its members, partners and community to promote and enhance downtown business vitality. We do this in four main areas:
Beautification – Ensuring that Walnut Creek’s downtown is safe, clean, and inviting.
Marketing – Create, promote, and enhance the downtown experience.
Events – Produce special events to bring more people downtown.
Advocacy – Provide a unified voice to represent and promote the shared needs and concerns of the downtown.
Formed in 1999 and currently representing 420 active member-businesses across many industries, the Downtown Vacaville BID works in close collaboration with city leaders and community stakeholders to advance common goals and concerns like parking allocation, cleanliness, security, streetscape design and economic/retail development. We also provide ongoing marketing and business support to our merchants and host a full calendar of festival-style music/food events and shopping strolls designed to bring locals and visitors downtown to shop, dine and play.