The Downtown Vacaville Business Improvement District is a 501(c)(6) nonprofit business-based assessment district whose mission is to activate Downtown Vacaville.
The roots of Vacaville's Downtown Business Improvement District began with the formation of the Downtown Vacaville Business Association in 1992, a volunteer affiliation of local business owners, property owners and stakeholders who came together to address common ideas. In October 1999, Vacaville City Council passed an ordinance establishing a parking and business improvement area, to be named the Downtown Vacaville Business Improvement District. The ordinance created a .25 mile, roughly 7 x 6 block district, then home to 345 businesses.
The newly formed Downtown Vacaville then established 501(c)6 non-profit status and formed a Board of Directors comprised of BID-member business owners, managers, financial institutions, non-profits, media professionals and educators. They set out to preserve and enrich Vacaville’s beloved downtown district through beautification, placemaking, and by supporting its’ vibrant economy.
The Downtown Vacaville BID earned much of its notoriety by producing some of Vacaville’s most celebrated events. The Downtown Farmers’ Market, annual Wine Strolls, Holly Days Craft Fair, Oktoberfest Celebration and Halloween Stroll bring thousands of locals and visitors into the district every year to shop, dine and play.
The Downtown Vacaville Business Improvement District (BID) currently represents 450+ businesses across many industries. It's team works in close collaboration with city leaders and community stakeholders to market the district, advance economic/retail development and advocate City of Vacaville to improve parking availability, cleanliness, security and streetscape design.
BID Members have access to marketing opportunities, public relations support, event promotion and support, and business education seminars designed with downtown merchants in mind.