The Downtown Bozeman Partnership is a member managed limited liability corporation. The member organizations include the Downtown Bozeman Association (DBA), Business Improvement District (BID), and Urban Renewal District (URD) which established the Partnership as an incorporated management agency. The Downtown Bozeman Partnership provides combined operational support in the form of offices and employees for the three member organizations.
As such, the Partnership is the unified identity of the DBA, BID and URD, as each organization works independently and collectively on behalf of downtown Bozeman. The Downtown Bozeman Partnership coordinates extensively with City of Bozeman staff, the City Commission, and the Parking Commission. The Partnership works in conjunction with many of the City’s citizen advisory boards on a variety of issues as they pertain to downtown. Perhaps most important, the Partnership continually strives to foster strong relationships with downtown property and business owners. All of these cooperative efforts strengthen downtown as a critical element in the greater community fabric.
Chris Naumann became the Executive Director of the Downtown Bozeman Partnership in May of 2007. Previously, he served as a member of the downtown Tax Increment Finance board from 2005 to 2007. From 1995 to 2009, Chris and his wife, Laura, owned and operated Barrel Mountaineering, an outdoor store located on Main Street in historic downtown Bozeman. Born in Evanston, Illinois and raised in Jefferson City, Missouri, Chris received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Geologic Sciences in 1991 from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin. After several mountain adventures in Asia, Chris settled in Bozeman back in 1993.
In 2018, Chris was awarded the International Downtown Associaiton's Emerging Leaders Fellowship and spent a week in New York City with 30 cohorts immersed in professional development training and urban placemaking field work.
Ellie Staley has been the Program Director for the Downtown Bozeman Partnership and Director of the Downtown Bozeman Association since February of 2006. She grew up in Omaha, Nebraska and received her bachelor’s degree in Biology and Environmental Science at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln and moved to Bozeman in 2000. Her past experience in event coordinating, sales and management has included working at the following local businesses, Gallatin Gateway Inn, Boodles, and West Paw Design. She has a deep love for the downtown Bozeman community, and plans to raise her family and reside in Bozeman with her husband John and daughter Maren for years to come.
Chase is a Carroll College graduate with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and double concentrations in Management and Marketing. Prior to joining the Downtown Bozeman Partnership as the Operations Manager, she worked in a variety of event planning and management roles and as a Head Coach for the Missoula Lacrosse Club. During her college years, she interned with the Carroll College Athletic Department. Through these experiences, Chase has developed a passion for creating a fun environment through events and community involvement and is excited to be a part of the Bozeman community. In addition to her role at the Downtown Bozeman Partnership, Chase supports Bozemanevents.net as an Event Coordinator and Marketing Specialist.
Mike Grant has been with the Business Improvement District since May of 2015 working as the general maintenance employee. Originally from Butte, Mike moved to Bozeman to attend Montana State University. After receiving a bachelor’s degree of Business Administration, Mike’s love of the outdoors and recreational opportunities around Bozeman kept him here. Mike has worked for First Security Bank, Louisiana Pacific and most recently as the property manager for the Downtowner Building. Mike joined the Business Improvement District for the opportunity to spend more time working outdoors and helping beautify the downtown area. It also gives him more time to pursue his true passions, mountain biking and skiing. Mike also works as a bike mechanic at Rad Bikes and as lift operator at Bridger Bowl.
The purpose of the Downtown Bozeman Association (DBA) is: to promote downtown Bozeman as a center of business, culture and entertainment; to conduct and promote activities and events that build a strong local economy; and to contribute to the well-being, growth and vitality of downtown Bozeman.
The DBA was established in 1980 as a 501c6 membership organization overseen by a board of member business owners and managers. The DBA membership includes a wide variety of retail shops, restaurants, professional service companies, and other non-profit organizations. The DBA generates revenue from annual membership dues and event proceeds.
Annual DBA special events include: the Christmas Stroll, the Bridal Walk, Crazy Days, the Art Walk series, Music on Main, and the Cruisin’ on Main car show and many more. The DBA also administers the Downtown Dollars program and several other downtown enhancement programs. The DBA also oversees the general downtown branding and marketing for the Downtown Bozeman Partnership
The Downtown Bozeman Urban Renewal District (URD) will foster an economically thriving district that: 1) attracts investment; 2) stabilizes and strengthens the tax base; and 3) supports the vitality and diversity of the Gallatin Valley as its social and cultural center.
The URD was created to fund the implementation of the 1995 Downtown Bozeman Urban Renewal Plan. The URD board is appointed by the Mayor with City Commission consent. The URD is financed by the annual increase in the district’s tax base since 1995. As mandated by Montana Code, the URD invests in infrastructure projects that add long-term value to the district.
The URD board provided matching funds for the landscaping of Soroptomist Park. The URD also made a significant financial contribution towards the construction of Bozeman’s LEED-certified public library. URD monies funded the historic street lamps, benches, trash receptacles, and bike racks along Main Street. The URD is the major funding source for the Downtown Parking Garage, which opened in April of 2009. Recently the URD invested heavily into a robust fiber boardband network bring competitively price gigabit internet service within proximity to most downtown buildings and businesses.
The downtown Bozeman Business Improvement District (BID) is an organization of downtown property owners who through thoughtful, pro-active collaboration and partnership with local government, business owners, residents and citizens strive to create a shared vision and voice for the community of downtown Bozeman. The BID will commit resources, identify, plan and act on short-term and long-term initiatives otherwise unavailable to individual owners. The BID has a goal of ensuring the long-term preservation and vitality of the city’s underlying economic, cultural, social and environmental assets. The BID will work together to keep our downtown a safe, beautiful and vibrant place.
The BID was originally founded in 2000, expanded in 2006, and renewed in 2010. BID revenues are derived from a voluntary annual assessment based on each property’s portion of the district’s taxable value. The BID is overseen by a board appointed by the City Commission.
BID monies support numerous programs including the summer flower baskets, holiday lighting, graffiti removal and a year-round maintenance employees.
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