About the Downtown Albany Business Improvement District

Since 1996, the Downtown Albany Business Improvement District (BID) has worked to restore, promote and maintain the character and vitality of downtown Albany and improve the quality of life for everyone in the heart of the Capital District. Representing an area of approximately 50 square blocks roughly bounded on the north by Clinton Avenue, on the south by Madison Avenue, on the east by Broadway, and on the west by Eagle Street, every property owner, business, employee and resident within this boundary is automatically a member of the Downtown Albany BID.

Core Services

Often behind the scenes, the BID constantly works on behalf of property owners and merchants (and potential new ones) to create an environment favorable in terms of cleanliness, planning issues, police safety, and much more. We hold relationships with City, County and State departments advocating through red tape to ensure the progress of a holistic Downtown.

From hanging flower baskets to decorative sidewalk planters to the annual holiday light display, the BID purchases, installs and maintains downtown Albany streets and public spaces ensuring a safe and creative atmosphere.  

Clean Team
On the street day in and day out, the Clean Team Ambassadors average over 5,000 hours a year addressing clean and safe issues throughout the district. Their daily tasks include keeping sidewalks clean and free from litter with broom and pan as well as clearing the sidewalks and crosswalks from snow and ice. Working above and beyond, the Clean Team also works closely with the Department of General Services (DGS) on trash and recycling removal, lighting issues, sidewalk and street infrastructure, greenery, traffic, large event clean-up and safety concerns. Additionally, the Clean Team is more than happy to provide visitors with directions or recommend venues, attractions or events.

In addition to the BID’s collaborative partnership with the Albany Police Department’s Community Outreach Program to enhance downtown, beat cops are assigned to the Downtown business centre Monday through Saturday throughout the day and evening.

Marketing and Communications
Working hand-in-hand over 300 businesses, large and small, the BID develops and manage a multitude marketing and communications channels promoting the good and services of our Stakeholders, including the Downtown Digest Newsletter, E-newsletters, Ribbon Cutting Celebrations, Public Relations efforts, Social Media, Special Events, Welcome Kits and of course the BID’s website. We also provide one-on-one consulting for your specific businesses.

Place Making
Formerly titled, Sculpture in the Streets, the program is designed to bring a fresh place making concept for the public to engage with each year.

Special Events
Strategic in nature, the Downtown Albany BID offers special events as a platform for the public to engage with Downtown and its business in creative ways. Special events include Restaurant Week, Fork in the Road, Residential Open House and others. The BID also partners on events to support the growth of participation by the public and merchants: SUNY Farmer’s Market, PearlPalooza, The St. Patrick’s Day Parade to name a few.

Business Attraction
The Downtown Albany BID provides comprehensive information for those looking to invest in Downtown. Learn more about the benefits of commercial, retail and residential investment in downtown Albany and connect the dots to information on Downtown’s unique attributes, accessibility, quality of life, financing options, market data and more. Even better, contact us to discuss your next project. We’ll even set up a tour of Downtown and introduce you to other successful businesses in the area.

Photographer: Julia Zave www.juliazave.com