DBA Membership


Downtown Boise is Idaho’s most robust economic growth center; the state’s dynamic hub for business, employment, arts and entertainment. Since 1987, the Downtown Boise Association has worked to keep Boise a healthy, happening, innovative and inspired city by building both business and community in the heart of this amazing city - Downtown. How do we do it? Through traffic driving events, enticing promotions, engaged marketing, keeping businesses updated with crucial information, advocating and serving as the business liaison with city clean and safe programs. DBA efforts are aimed keeping Downtown Boise clean, safe, attractive, welcoming and competitive.

The DBA Mission is to build value through vibrancy.

The Downtown Boise business community established the DBA in 1987 to help downtown stay clean, safe, vibrant, desirable and competitive. The DBA is authorized by the City of Boise to manage the Downtown Boise Business Improvement District.

A Business Improvement District is a publicly sanctioned, privately directed organization that supplements public service to improve shared, geographically defined, outdoor public spaces. More than 1,000 BIDs exist in the US, and are common in downtowns to enhance the safety, cleanliness, image and competitiveness of city centers.

60 square blocks: State Street to the north, 13th Street to the west, Myrtle Street to the south, to 6th Street north to Front, east on Front Street, with 5th Street the east district boundary.

Business members

A business that rents space in the Business Improvement District is a DBA member. There are approx. 700 DBA business members that vary greatly in size and scope. 300+ DBA business members are street-level retail, restaurant, and retail service merchants.

Property Owners
All property owners in the district are DBA members. All properties, with the exception of residential and government, are subject to an annual assessment from the City of Boise that supports BID services. For 2018, BID Assessments are paid by 178 property owners and equal 51% of the DBA budget.  The DBA leverages those dollars two-to-one with event income and event sponsorships to complete marketing, programming, and service funding.

Associate members
The DBA also maintains an active group of Associate members who see value in DBA programs and contribute voluntarily to the DBA. A $300 annual fee allows Associate members to take advantage of and participate in DBA promotions.

Keeping Downtown Boise a success place to do business and celebrate community is definitely a group effort. If your business is located in the boundaries of the Downtown Boise Business Improvement District, good news! You’re a member of the DBA!

Benefits of Membership with the Downtown Boise Association Include:

  • Downtown Map & Directory business listing. Twice each year the DBA updates, prints, and distributes more than 70,000 Downtown Boise Map and Directories. The guides are used by downtown merchants, hotels, conference attendees through the BCVB and Boise Centre, the Boise Airport, regional visitor centers, Boise State, the Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce, and provided to purchasers of Downtown Boise gift cards. DBA members get first opportunity to advertise at extremely reasonable rates in this highly desired directory!
  • DBA website business landing page. Thousands of people, locals and visitors, log onto the new www.downtownboise.org to find where to go and what to do in Downtown Boise. The DBA’s new website is mobile responsive and presents businesses an opportunity to be part of this dynamic portrait of our world class downtown. Individual business landing pages are complete with a business description, hours, map and location, colorful photos (chosen and contributed by each business), as well as listings of what’s nearby your location for your customers to enjoy. You’ll see www.downtownboise.org is referenced in all DBA marketing pieces, including the seasonal street banners.
  • Downtown Events Calendar: downtownboise.org now includes a comprehensive, highly viewed calendar of downtown events, from gallery openings to concerts, sports to family favorites, listing special events on the downtownboise.org calendar attracts attention. Planning an upcoming art show, live music event, or guest speaker? Get it listed on Boise’s only downtown-centric calendar.
  • Downtown Boise Gift Cards. Since 2003, some $3.5 Million has been invested back into downtown businesses through the Downtown Boise gift card program. More than 300 downtown businesses bring in customers by accepting Downtown Boise gift cards. Businesses who take the gift cards are also noted in the Map & Directory and at www.downtownboise.org.
  • DBA Event & Promotion Participation: First Thursday, Dine Out Downtown Boise Restaurant Week, Mother’s Day Shopping Spree, Father’s Day Car Show, Small Business Saturday, and more. These DBA-produced events and promotions are valuable tools produced to build business by connecting to a community that appreciates the authentic, unique experience only a downtown business can provide. DBA events and promotions are exclusive to DBA members and associate members.
  • Social Connections: DBA Members are welcome to connect with the community and other businesses through a variety of DBA e-newsletters and social media channels. The weekly DBA member business e-newsletter keeps members updated on what’s happening downtown, opportunities for promotion participation, information on traffic, construction, and public safety updates, etc. Special events at member businesses may also be featured in posts on the popular DBA social platforms.
All these benefits are provided at no charge to businesses located inside the Downtown Boise Business Improvement District (BID). All properties located in the district are subject to an annual assessment from Boise City.

Membership Update

Need to update any of your business information? Submit it online or download the form and mail it to us (101 S Capitol Blvd, Ste 203, Boise, ID 83702)

Online Membership Update Submission Form
Download Membership Update Request Form

**Please note - all information is confirmed with the merchant before any membership information is officially updated.

First Thursday Submissions

Online First Thursday Event Submission Form

State of Downtown Boise (Annual Meeting)

The State of Downtown Boise is generally held in April at the Boise Centre and is hosted by the Downtown Boise Association, Capital City Development Corporation and the City of Boise.

View the most recent State of Downtown page.