The Business District Organization Program
is a matching, reimbursement grant program that seeks to support the work of business associations serving targeted business districts located within the Business Corridor Revitalization Geography
Empowering business districts to create positive change that benefits the unique needs and challenges of the areas in which they are located is an important component of a healthy urban business district. The more businesses work together to collaborate on initiatives, develop partnerships, and find solutions that positively impact not only their unique districts, but also the surrounding residential areas, the stronger the overall health of our city will be.
Much like a neighborhood association, Business District Organizations (also known as business associations) are comprised of multiple businesses (10 or more) that are operating in the same business district and that have common goals and objectives that they want to achieve to impact the overall economic health of their district and the surrounding community. The association develops a formal "umbrella" organization that they brand and market to help further their goals; elects a Board to provide leadership; obtains IRS non-profit status; holds regular meetings; develops annual budgets and work plans; collaborates on initiatives and problem solving in their area; markets their unique district; and much more. Although there are numerous business district associations in Charlotte, two examples are:FreeMoreWestNorth End Partners