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Downtown Boston BID Celebrates Stepping Up Downtown at BYE Mellon

May 05, 2011

Property owners and leaders of the Downtown Boston Business Improvement District (BID) celebrated the start of its first year providing services to the district with an event at BNY Mellon Financial Center. Participating in the festivities were property and business owners, representatives from non-profit organizations and educational institutions, and residents from throughout the BID district, which includes Downtown Crossing, the Ladder and Theater District and parts of the Financial District. “I am delighted that this effort is now underway, so we can continue the vital work of transforming this important and historic downtown urban space,” said Rosemarie Sansone, president of the Downtown Boston BID. In early April, the BID launched its Clean and Hospitality Ambassador program, which is managed by Block by Block, a provider of BID services nationwide. BID Ambassadors work to create a clean, friendly, and welcoming environment for everyone who visits and works in the district.  They are on the streets Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. “On behalf of the City of Boston, I commend the efforts of everyone who has been involved in making downtown Boston a safer and cleaner place,” said Police Commissioner Edward Davis. To date, ambassadors have picked up nearly 6300 pounds of trash, removed 451 graffiti tags and 623 stickers, and provided assistance to 2394 individuals. “For nearly three years, people who care about downtown have “stepped up” and joined our efforts to create Boston’s first BID,” said John Rattigan, a partner at DLA Piper and Chair of the BID’s Board of Directors. “It is only natural to invite everyone to join us in “Stepping Up Downtown” to ensure the success of this mission.” “We are pleased to join over 400 property owners and their tenants who are committed to transforming downtown,” said Larry Hughes, CEO, Wealth Management and President BNY Mellon, New England.  “This is a historic moment for Boston and we want to thank Mayor Menino and his staff for being champions of this effort.” About the Downtown Boston Business Improvement District The Downtown Boston BID is a private not-for-profit corporation committed to achieving downtown’s full potential as a premier economic center and vibrant mixed-use neighborhood.  The organization is funded by private property owners, and its work is designed to benefit owners, businesses, visitors, students, and residents in Downtown Crossing, the Financial District, Ladder District, and Theater District.  This April, the BID introduced its Clean and Hospitality Ambassador program to Downtown Boston.  BID Ambassadors serve as a friendly presence in the district, maintaining public spaces and offering assistance to visitors. Launcing the first week in May is the BID’s Stepping Up Downtown! Summer Series 2011, a weekly program of outdoor markets, live performances, and cultural and entertainment events that run all summer long. Email [email protected] for a complete calendar of events.

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