What is a Business Improvement Area (BIA)?
A Business Improvement Area (BIA) is an association of businesses and commercial property owners within a specified commercial area who join to promote the economic development of the district through various marketing, beautification, safety and advocacy initiatives. With the support of the municipality, BIAs are enacted through special legislation and once formed, are governed by a volunteer Board of Directors, comprised of area business tenants and commercial property owners, and funded through a member-based property tax levy. BIAs promote their members, bring customers, stimulate the economy, and support the community. The social wellbeing of the BIA is very important and many BIAs offer programs that deal specifically with homelessness, graffiti, crime prevention, cleanliness, safety, transportation, accessibility, density, green spaces, and other issues.
How do I know if I belong to the Downtown Prince George BIA?
- If you are a property owner or a tenant of a Class 5 (Light Industry) or 6 (Business Other) Real Property within the Downtown C1 Zone with a valid City of Prince George Business License you part of the Downtown Prince George BIA.
How do I become a voting member of the Downtown Prince George BIA?
- You must be a Registered Member to be eligible to vote at the Annual General Meetings of the Society.
- Registered Members must have a current Downtown Prince George BIA Member Information Form on file with the business office.
How do I become eligible for grant funding and other special/specific services provided by the Downtown Prince George BIA?
Only Registered Members are eligible for funding and other special/specific services. A completed Downtown Prince George BIA Member Information Form must be on file with the business office.