The Springfield Business Improvement District (SBID) is both an area of properties and an organization of professionals, dedicated to enhancing the social, cultural, governmental, business and residential activity of downtown Springfield, Massachusetts. This organization was first of its kind to be established in Massachusetts.
Created by the Springfield Business Development Corporation and established in 1998 as an affiliated partner of the Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts, the Springfield Business Improvement District enhances City services, cleanliness, public safety and economic development while promoting downtown as an attraction and destination. This work is funded through membership to ultimately fill downtown real estate and improve the regional economy.
The Springfield Business Improvement District's four programs are known as:
- Clean It Up- keeping a clean and attractive downtown
- Spruce It Up- graffiti removal, flower planters, hanging flower baskets, and tree replacement
- Liven It Up- producing, co-sponsoring and supporting downtown events including the famous Stearns Square CityBlock Party Concerts
- Sell It- marketing to increase awareness, visitation and business results, primarily through its website which showcases commercial and residential real estate, downtown services, a calendar of events and an array of clubs and restaurants
Membership in the district is comprised of 92 owners of 237 properties in the metro center of Springfield. An 11 peer-member board of directors guides policies and programs.