Wednesday, April 10, 2013
The BID and DDOT are testing the impact on congestion and safety at M Street and Wisconsin Avenue.
Five traffic control officers will direct traffic at the busy intersection of M Street and Wisconsin Avenue NW in Georgetown through April 13 as part of a test requested by the Georgetown Business Improvement District (BID). The BID hopes these officers will improve safety and traffic flow at the busy intersection, according to a press release. Last Friday five of the District Department of Transportation's (DDOT) traffic control officers "quickly succeeded in eliminating gridlock, honking, and pedestrian conflicts," according to the BID news release. "By the time drivers reach M and Wisconsin they can be frustrated and impatient,” the BID's Transportation Director Jonathon Kass said in a prepared statement. "Once at the intersection, …
Thursday, March 28, 2013
The Georgetown Business Improvement District is expanding with two new key planning positions.
The Georgetown Business Improvement District (BID) is approaching the future growth and sustainability of Georgetown like a government would, by bringing on experts to lead the way. The BID created and recently hired for two new positions - a transportation director and economic development director. Jonathon Kass joined the BID as transportation director and Joshua Hermias signed on as economic development director. “We are thrilled to have both of these talented professionals join our Georgetown BID team,” said CEO Joe Sternlieb in a press release. “Each of them will help us strengthen the Georgetown economy, and the way people experience Georgetown.” Kass comes to Georgetown from being a key staff member on transportation policy and …
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
The Business Improvement District is working with the District Department of Transportation on a project they hope will improve the health of street trees.
Four Georgetown street trees are part of a pilot program to help improve the health and viability of Georgetown's street trees. According to the Georgetown Business Improvement District (BID) website: The trees in Georgetown tree boxes take a beating – with narrow sidewalks and large numbers of pedestrians, the soil around trees get compacted to a point where roots can’t get the water and oxygen they need to grow. Other approaches to protecting trees such as tree fences and tree grates cannot work in Georgetown due either to space constraints or maintenance challenges. To address this problem, Georgetown took on a pilot program in which a substance called Flexi-Pave® was installed in four tree boxes in the BID area to help decrease soil …
Friday, January 18, 2013
Where to go, what to do and where to eat in Georgetown this weekend if you're hosting out-of-town guests for the 2013 Presidential Inauguration.
Do you have guests in town for Inauguration Weekend? Chances are, your guests will want to do more than sit on your couch waiting for the second inauguration of President Barack Obama on Monday. So, we’ve rounded up some things you can do right here in Georgetown to keep your guests entertained and happy. Where to Eat Your guests can Dine Like a President by going to Martin’s Tavern on Wisconsin Avenue and 1789, as well as Bourbon Steak and Filomena. See the full list here. Each place has some presidential history attached. Looking for something inexpensive and quick? In our Readers' Choice 2012, The Tackle Box won best cheap eats based on votes from Georgetown residents. Places to See The Georgetown Business Improvement District (BID) …
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
This was the first ever Georgetown BID Holiday Window Competition.
Patisserie Poupon (1645 Wisconsin Ave. NW) won the first ever Georgetown Business Improvement District Holiday Window Competition by getting the most likes on Facebook for their window display. Voters could choose from 16 local businesses who took on the challenge of decorating their front windows with four or fewer materials. Patisserie Poupon used macarons, doilies, cake boxes and parchment baking paper. The BID wrote on its Facebook page, "It was a very close competition, and we'd like to acknowledge Hitched's second place in the voting, followed by Ella-Rue and Haagen-Dazs!"
Friday, December 7, 2012
Georgetown businesses are vying for the title of best decorated store
Fifteen businesses are competing in the Georgetown Business Improvement District (BID) Holiday Window Competition. This is the first year the BID has organized the event. Each business was allowed to use four or fewer materials to create a winter wonderland in their windows. Some businesses used materials from their stores to decorate. CB2 opted for glass, metal, mirrors and fabric to create its display and Bacchus Wine Cellar used wine bottles, boxes and a Christmas tree. Others went for a more traditional motif, like Ella Rue's garland, red bows, Christmas trees and lights and Duo's construction paper, cardboard and Christmas lights. You can vote online on the competition's Facebook page through Dec. 16th. Which is your favorite?
Friday, September 21, 2012
Joe Sternlieb will take over the role vacated by Jim Bracco in July.
Joe Sternlieb will take over the helm as Chief Executive Officer of the Georgetown Business Improvement District (BID) in October, the BID announced Thursday. The former CEO, Jim Bracco, resigned in July. Sternlieb is currently a vice president of acquisitions at EastBanc, Inc., which he joined in 2006. From 1997-2006 he served as the deputy director for the Downtown BID. "The Georgetown BID is moving in an exciting direction to help ensure the continued success of the neighborhood as a vibrant local community and international destination," said Crystal Sullivan, president of the Georgetown BID, in a press release. In the press release, the BID provided details on Sternlieb's background and track record: Sternlieb has demonstrated a …
Thursday, August 30, 2012
Georgetown Business Improvement District encourages visitors, residents to "Come Out and Play"
When the Georgetown Business Improvement District (BID) unveiled its new branding last year "Come Out and Play," they knew that video would be a tremendous tool in their efforts to get people to do just that, come out and play, said Nancy Miyahira, the marketing director for the BID. But Georgetown's businesses and offerings are so "diverse," she explained, "It is hard to capture in one two-minute video." "Georgetown is a beautiful place and we really wanted that to come through," she said. The solution? A series of two-minute videos that explore all the people and businesses that make Georgetown a great place to live, work and play as the BID likes to say. The first was released Aug. 28. Over the course of three days, the BID, along with …
Monday, July 9, 2012
The Georgetown Business Improvement District is seeking a new executive director.
Jim Bracco is leaving his role as executive director at the Georgetown Business Improvement District (BID). He joined the BID in December 2008. His resignation was announced in an email sent the day before the July Fourth holiday, according to The Georgetowner. "Jim Bracco, has decided to leave the BID after an exemplary three-and-a-half years of service," the email stated. No replacement has been announced. Bracco came to the BID just as the local real estate and retail market was hitting a low point. In a guest column posted on Patch in December 2010, Bracco reflected on the loss of businesses from the shopping district and the "high anxiety each time a store shuttered its business." He called for Georgetowners to "make a concerted …
Thursday, June 21, 2012
The scavenger hunt will take over Georgetown from 6 to 9 p.m.
Teams of Washingtonians will take to the streets of Georgetown Thursday night for a scavenger hunt, aptly named "The Georgetown Dash." The event benefits Girls on the Run DC (GOTR DC), a nonprofit "dedicated to character development for young girls." The event is co-sponsored by the Georgetown Business Improvement District (BID), City Sports Georgetown, Mr. Smith's and of course GOTR DC. The starting line at City Sports (3338 M St. NW) will feature a DJ and gift bags for participants. The race begins at 7 p.m. Georgetown businesses will hold the clues and participants will complete either physical or mental challenges before moving to the next destination. After running around Georgetown's busy commercial district for an hour, participants…