BID Challenge is proud to announce the seven game-changing solutions of 2012-2013! The BID Challenge awards of up to $75,000 each, will enable the awarded Business Improvement Districts to push the envelope and create new ideas that would make a difference in our city.
Award Ceremony Remarks from Jonathan Fanton, Selection Committee Chairman
This year's awardees are:
Executive Director: Josef Szende
Project: The Atlantic Avenue BID will redesign the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway underpass to actively connect the commecial corridor to the Brooklyn Bridge Park.
Executive Director: Angeline Ramirez
Project: The Washington Heights BID will create a new visual identity, coined "Explora," centered on creative marketing and a series of monthly events that will entice visitors to explore the culture of Washington Heights.
Executive Director: Seth Taylor
Project: The 82nd Street Partnership will offer storefront design assistance to property owners and tenants wishing to restore building facades, and provide matching grants to execute design build-out.
Executive Director: Medina Sadiq
Project: The Southern Boulevard BID will develop a digital marketing program to provide technical training and website design services to independently-owned retail businesses.
Executive Director: Wilma Alonso
Project: The Fordham Road BID will launch a series of movie events in Fordham Plaza to expand the BID's role in the programming and management of the soon-to-be reconstructed public space.
Executive Director: Alexandria Sica
Project: The DUMBO Improvement District will build out creative community projects that allow local entrepreneurs to show off their new technologies and innovations for the betterment of the district.
Executive Director: Katie Lyon
Project: The Court-Livingston-Schermerhorn BID will provide financial incentives to encourage property owners to renovate historically vacant upper floor spaces for commercial use and catalyze job growth in Downtown Brooklyn.