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MISSION

The Business Improvement District (BID) of Coral Gables’ mission is to promote commercial vitality to Miracle Mile and Downtown Coral Gables, and to act as a strategic catalyst for the overall improvement of the area.  Through the implementation of marketing and advertising programs, and engagement in the form of advocacy, this collective organization of property owners and merchants position Downtown Coral Gables as a desirable place to shop, dine, play, live and do business.

HISTORY

The BID of Coral Gables is a non-profit 501(c)6 organization incorporated in July 1997. Originally it encompassed property within the designated geographic area of Douglas Road to Le Jeune Road (east–west) and Aragon Avenue to Andalusia Avenue (north-south).  In November 2007, due to the overwhelming demand from businesses just outside the northern boundary of the district, the geographic area was expanded to include one more block north, making the northern boundary Giralda Avenue.  This expansion was a result of the district’s re-election in August 2007.  Every five years, the property owners reconsider the charter and elect to continue the BID organization.  In 2017, the BID was re-established once again by an overwhelming majority of its property owners.

CHARACTERISTICS

The BID allows for provisions of an equitable and reliable means of financial support, management and long term funding.  A BID is an organizing and financing mechanism used by property owners and merchants to determine the future of their retail and commercial area.  The BID is based on state and local law, specifically Florida Statute 170, which permits property owners and merchants to band together to use the city’s tax collection powers to “assess” themselves. These funds are collected by the city and returned in their entirety to the BID and are used for purchasing supplemental services (e.g. advertising, promotions and special events) beyond those services provided by the city. The BID’s charter includes a five-year “sunset” provision, whereby the district requires ratification every five years by a majority of its property owners. The BID was last reinstated in 2017 through 2022.

PARTICIPATION

The involvement of BID property owners and business owners is crucial to its success, and to the success of the district. Members may serve on a committee (Marketing, Retail, Member Communications, etc.) or on the Board of Directors.

The BID Board meetings take place on the third Wednesdays of the month and are held the Hotel Colonnade Coral Gables (formerly the Westin Colonnade) at 8:30 AM. These are the dates for upcoming board meetings:

January 17, 2018
February 21, 2018
March 21, 2018
April 18, 2018
May 16, 2018
June 20, 2018
July 18, 2018
August 15, 2018
September 19, 2018* TBD – may change
October 17, 2018

Annual Stakeholders Meeting – November, TBD

Committee Meetings 2018
Retail Committee Meeting- Friday, January 5 at 10 a.m. at the BID office
Giralda Committee Meeting- Rescheduled for Tuesday, January 16 at 3 p.m. at the BID Office
Marketing Committee Meeting – Monday, January 29 at 3 p.m. at Uvaggio Wine Bar, 70 Miracle Mile
Executive Committee Meeting – Strategy Session – February 6th at 1 p.m. at rbb Communications, 355 Alhambra
BID Mixer – Wednesday, February 7 at 5:30 p.m. at Uvaggio Wine Bar, 70 Miracle Mile
Marketing Committee Meeting – Monday, February 12 at 3 p.m. at Uvaggio Wine Bar, 70 Miracle Mile
Giralda Committee Meeting – Tuesday, February 13 at 3 p.m. at the BID Office
Executive Committee Meeting – Friday, February 16 at 3 p.m. at the BID Office
Executive Committee Meeting – Tuesday, February 20 at 4 p.m. at the Uvaggio Wine Bar, 70 Miracle Mile
Giralda Committee Meeting – Tuesday, February 27 at 3 p.m. at the BID Office
Marketing Committee Meeting – Monday, March 5 at 3 p.m. at Uvaggio Wine Bar, 70 Miracle Mile
Executive Committee Meeting – Monday, March 19 at 3 p.m. at the BID Office
Giralda Committee Meeting – Tuesday, March 20 at 3 p.m. at the BID Office
Restaurant Marketing Meeting – Wednesday, March 21 at 3 p.m. at Morton’s, 2333 Ponce de Leon Blvd
Retail Committee Meeting – Tuesday, March 22 at 2 p.m. at the BID Office
Giralda Committee Meeting – Tuesday, April 3 at 3 p.m. at the BID Office
Executive Committee Meeting – Media Training – April 5 at 9 a.m. at rbb Communications, 355 Alhambra
Giralda Committee Meeting – Tuesday, May 1 at 3 p.m. at the BID Office
Past Meetings 2017
Past Meetings 2016

GOVERNANCE

The BID’s Board of Directors is made up of:

6 property owners
6 business owners
1 property/business owner
1 Coral Gables Chamber representative
1 City of Coral Gables representative
1 Resident Advisor

The following individuals currently serve on the 2016-2017 Board of Directors:

President – Venny Torre, Torre Companies
Vice-President –  Barbara Tria, Property Owner
Secretary/Treasurer – Craig DeWald, Uvaggio Wine Bar
Member at Large –  Jill Hornik, Jae’s Jewelers

Officers:
Burton Hersh, Burton Hersh P.A.
Jorge Kuperman, JSK Architectural Group
Ian McClendon, Hotel Colonnade
Mindy McIlroy, Terranova Corp.
Carolina Rendeiro, World Strategic Forum
Nick Sharp, Threefold Cafe
Truman Skinner, McBride Properties
Michael Steffens, Neville Steffens Architects, LLP
Judy Weissel, Property Owner

Commission Liaison – Michael Mena, Coral Gables Commission
Chamber Liaison – Rick Alberty, Well Groomed Gentleman
Resident Advisor – Joseph Hernandez

The BID Board of Directors may be reached at [email protected] .

The BID office, responsible for day-to-day operations concerning marketing & advocacy, is staffed by the following individuals:

Taciana Amador, Executive Director
Sarah Alayon, Marketing Manager/Assistant to the Director
Laura Ginebra, Digital Marketing Assistant

ANNUAL REPORT

2016-2017 Annual Report

BID Annual Meeting Presentation – November 2017

City of Coral Gables Update

Copyright © 2000-2017 Business Improvement District of Coral Gables, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Business Improvement

District of Coral Gables

220 Miracle Mile, Ste 234

Coral Gables, Florida 33134

[email protected]

 

Tel. 305-569-0311

Fax. 305.569.0362

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