Downtown Business Improvement District


The City of Selma and downtown business owners collaborated to create a Business Improvement District (BID). They drafted a district management plan, defined a downtown map boundary, and compiled a list of businesses within the district. The next step involved recruiting applicants for the Advisory board. In early 2022, the BID formation was presented to the council for a decision on finalizing the process. Eventually, the first Downtown Selma Business Improvement District was established in October 2022.

Management Plan

2024 Operating Plan 

BID Advisory Board Application 

Advisory Committee: As part of the Selma Downtown Business Improvement District's (BID) model, an advisory committee consisting of seven downtown business owners was formed. All appointments to this BID advisory committee are subject to approval by the City Council.

Announcing BID Board Vacancy. Contact 5598912223 for more information.  

Meeting Schedule: The BID Advisory Board meets on the second and fourth Wednesday of every month at 5:30 PM at 1710 Tucker St. Meetings are open to the public and all downtown stakeholders are encouraged to attend. 
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Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is a BID? Why Downtown Selma?
A business improvement district (BID) is a public/private partnership created to revitalize a business area like Downtown Selma through an assessment. Together, the Downtown Selma business owners will take on an advisory role in order to:
• Maintain a recognizable identity
• Improve the customer experience
• Assure economic sustainability

2. Speaking of assessments, what will our assessments be?
The assessment is based on your business license fee- it is an additional fee exactly equivalent to your business license fee.

3. What about current City services? Is the BID assessment used to replace them
No! At no time will normal City services be reduced in Downtown Selma in response to this funding.

4. What about the Chamber of Commerce? Will this replace the Chamber?
No! A Downtown Selma BID and the Selma Chamber of Commerce provide services that complement each other but do not overlap. While the Chamber serves the entire community, the BID services will be determined by the business owners to fill needed gaps in the Downtown core.

5. Who decides how the assessments are used?
A Management District Plan developed by the Selma BID Advisory Board and approved by the Selma City Council will guide the services provided. The BID Advisory Board is selected to recommend budgets, monitor service delivery, and provide oversight of the district in years to come. It consists of business owners who apply and are appointed by the Selma City Council.

6. Duration? What does that mean?
The BID formation process only needs to happen once, but the City Council reviews the budget annually. They also accept the annual report and approve the operations for the next year, as proposed by the BID Advisory Board. Changes can be made to assessments, benefits, and BID Advisory Board members.

8. Why support a BID?
Supporting the BID will spur revitalization through programs and services that supplement, not replace, the work of the City of Selma or the Selma Chamber of Commerce. In addition, BID budget decisions will be made by a Board of business owners, which ensures direct accountability for these enhanced services.

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