The Downtown Albany Business Improvement District (BID) is an independent, not-for-profit organization established in 1996. The organization partners with businesses, property owners, arts and cultural institutions, social service providers, government agencies and elected officials in a united effort to revitalize downtown Albany. The BID represents an area of approximately 50 square blocks 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. The BID plays a vital role in business recruitment and retention, visual improvements and safety. To promote downtown as a premier entertainment destination, the organization launched a new brand identity for the district: "Downtown Albany: Worth Discovering Since 1609." Paying tribute to explorer Henry Hudson's historic landing, the brand helps spotlight downtown's great dining, performances, and events and unites the marketing efforts of downtown stakeholders. The BID organizes events that attract people to downtown, including the area's first "Restaurant Week" fixed-price dining promotion, PearlPalooza, an all-day music festival held right on Pearl Street and a series of dog-friendly events in conjunction with the Olde English Dog Park, amongst others.
OUR MISSION: To restore, promote and maintain the character and viability of downtown Albany and to improve the quality of life and overall image for those who live in, work in and visit the Capital City.