Wikipedia defines a Business Improvement District as “a defined area within which businesses pay an additional tax or fee in order to fund improvements within the district’s boundaries. BID’s provide services, such as cleaning streets, providing security, making capital improvements, streetscape enhancements, and marketing the area. The services provided by BID’s are supplemental to those already provided by the municipality.”
There are no up-front fees to join the Quinpool Road Mainstreet District Association. Like all Business Improvement Districts in HRM, the municipal government collects the money from the commercial property owner through a levy on commercial taxes. These charges can then be passed on to the tenant operating a business within Quinpool’s Business Improvement District Boundary.
The money collected is used to pay for staffing, enhanced maintenance, graffiti removal, marketing initiatives, special events and projects.
Members of the Quinpool Road Mainstreet District Association directly benefit from promotional activities like the Park Smart Guide, QPON savings program, Only on Quinpool Map (distributed to hotels across HRM), Holiday Brochure and special events directed by the Association. Events such as Quinfest and our numerous Christmas Events & Activities such as the Annual Pet Parade, Stock Up on Local Campaign and contests draw people into our district. Businesses are highlighted on the Association’s Website social media channels (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) and new businesses are featured in our newsletter. Members are kept up to date on issues such as special events, marketing opportunities, seminars, parking, government advocacy, crime and safety and other matters of interest though frequent e-mail updates from the Executive Director.