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Despite opposition and concern by several downtown business owners, the Waukesha BID Board approved Ed Henschel’s proposed operating plan for the downtown Waukesha BID on Thursday.
Sarah Pryor of the Waukesha Freeman reported that some property owners threatened to “disband” the Waukesha BID because they simply don’t trust it. (See: “Property owners threaten to disband BID” 01/25/2013 Freeman, p.A3)
I believe that downtown property owners should give the new BID organization a chance to work before criticizing it as being untrustworthy and ineffective. This is an opportunity to “look outside the box” when it comes to maintaining a vibrant atmosphere for the city of Waukesha.
Potential Benefits of the New BID Structure
Since the sole purpose of the “new” Waukesha BID is to be “a provider of financial support to organizations desiring to conduct activities and events within the district,” it should be an inspiration for more organizations to be created and receive the funding that BID has to offer. Having independent organizations representing our city and addressing the various interests that downtown Waukesha offers can make the downtown more quality oriented.
Downtown Waukesha peoperty owners need to recognize that this is a great opportunity to balance the interests of our downtown by having them managed by independent organizations that are more acquainted with the specific genre of individual interest and events, such as art, music, food, etc. It is my understanding that legitimate interest groups could approach the BID Board with financial requests to implement events, marketing agendas, and even move to contract with outside consultants to help sponsor the downtown district area.
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