Mission, Vision & Who We Are


In a downtown, like nowhere else, economic growth is interconnected with arts, festivals, dining and shopping, and opportunities for recreation and entertainment.

Our goal at the Downtown Boise Association is to keep Boise a healthy, happening, innovative and inspired city by keeping Boise’s downtown the place people want to be to build business and celebrate community.

The (DBA) is a non-profit 501(c) 6 Corporation that manages the downtown Boise Business Improvement District (BID) on behalf of the City of Boise. We’re placemakers, tasked with keeping downtown Boise’s public spaces clean, safe, vibrant, and attractive, giving those who invest here a greater opportunity for success. Boiseans love their city and are proud of their downtown. We work to keep it that way.

Who are Members of the DBA?

DBA members are those in the BID that includes the area bounded by 5th, State, 13th and Myrtle Streets.

How is the DBA Funded?

The DBA is funded by event and sponsorship revenue, grants, and assessments mandated by Boise City Code paid by property owners in the city’s Downtown Boise Business Improvement District.

What specifically does the DBA do?

Glad you asked!

The DBA works to build both business and community downtown by producing traffic-driving signature events, marketing downtown as a desired destination for both locals and visitors, keeps the downtown community informed of events that may interest or impact them, and often acts as an advocate for downtown business interests.

Maintenance: The DBA partners with the City of Boise Parks and Recreation Department to manage the Downtown Maintenance Matters Team. The MMT picks up where regular maintenance services leave off, removing trash and keeping sidewalks in the BID clean 7 days a week.

The DBA keeps streetscapes beautiful planting more than 400 flower planters located throughout the BID. Streetlamp banners and downtown’s beautiful holiday lighting is also manages by the DBA.

Events: The DBA produces signature downtown events including Alive After Five, the ASWB Twilight Criterium, the City Tree Lighting Celebration, First Thursday, Dine Out Downtown Restaurant Week, Capitol Table, the Father’s Day Car Show, and City Santa. DBA events are meant to bring people downtown to celebrate community while increasing exposure for shops, services and restaurants. DBA events also generate revenue used to market downtown as an exciting destination and maintain downtown services.

Promotions & Marketing: The DBA promotes downtown Boise as a destination to enjoy unique shopping, amazing dining, tasting and sipping, and the rich variety of arts and entertainment found only in Downtown Boise.

Promotions include:

  • Small Business Saturday, the annual Mother’s Day Shopping Spree, and the Bronco Gameday Shuttle bring large numbers of people downtown
  • The Downtown Boise Map & Directory guides visitors to specific attractions
  • The Downtown Boise Gift Card program brings in approx. $250,000 a year, money that goes directly into downtown businesses. The Downtown Boise Gift Card program is aimed at both the general public and employer incentive programs.
  • downtownboise.org is an exciting new website that includes:
    • Comprehensive Event Calendar
    • Business listings, individual and promoted by category
    • Happy Hour, Live Music, and Brunch features
    • Resources for downtown businesses and property managers
    • Regular e-newsletters to DBA members and the community including Downtown Happenings and Events. Sign up for e-newsletters here.
  • The DBA promotes downtown as a preferred destination through media and social media

Advocacy: The DBA is recognized by Boise City Council as an advocate for downtown Boise which enables the DBA to take leadership roles in important issues that impact the Downtown core. The DBA staff is proud to work with the City of Boise, Capital City Development Corporation, the Boise Valley Economic Partnership, the Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce, the Boise Convention and Visitors Bureau, among others, to promote Downtown Boise as a successful place for meetings, business and visitors.

Check Out How We're Doing

Download the DBA 2016 Annual Report
Download the 2016-2017 State of Downtown Boise Economic Impact Report, published as a supplement in the Idaho Business Review

Download the DBA 2015 Annual Report [6 MB]
Download the full Idaho Business Review Supplemental [3.5 MB]

Download the DBA 2014 Annual Report [8 MB]
Download the full Idaho Business Review Supplemental [5 MB]

Download the DBA 2013 Annual Report
Download the full Idaho Business Review Supplemental

Download the DBA 2012 Annual Report [3.4 MB]
Download the full Idaho Business Review Supplemental

Download the DBA 2011 Annual Report  [0.7 MB]
Download the full Idaho Business Review Supplemental  [11 MB]

Download the DBA 2010 Annual Report  [3.4 MB]
Download the full Idaho Business Review Supplemental  [9 MB]

Downtown Boise Association

101 S Capitol Blvd, Ste 203
Boise ID 83702  •  208-385-7300