City Center Partnership Celebrates the Downtown Business Improvement District’s 7th Year Anniversary

November 13, 2008

COLUMBIA, SC – November 13, 2008 – City Center Partnership (CCP) will celebrate the downtown Business Improvement District’s (BID) seventh year anniversary at its annual meeting on Monday, November 17, at the Columbia Museum of Art.  Doors open and the reception will begin at 5:30 p.m., followed by the meeting at 6 p.m.  A presentation showcasing City Center Partnership’s accomplishments over the past few years will be given by CCP Chairman and CEO of Edens & Avant, Terry Brown. City Center Partnership will also be awarding downtown legacy retailers who have been in business in the BID for 50 years or more. For more information please call 803.233.0620.  

“We’ve had an exceptional seven years enhancing and revitalizing downtown Columbia,” said Matt Kennell, President and CEO of City Center Partnership.  “We are pleased to showcase our accomplishments at the annual meeting amid the economic challenges we face both locally and nationally while looking ahead to 2009.”

What is a Business Improvement District

A Business Improvement District (BID) provides enhanced improvements and activities, such as security, maintenance and marketing, in addition to those services provided by local government. A property-based BID is based upon the “benefit assessment district” concept, which provides for an assessment on real property and improvements upon real property to be raised within a specific geographic district with the proceeds directed back to the district to provide enhanced services that benefit the district and properties located within the district boundaries.

About City Center Partnership

City Center Partnership, Inc. (CCP) is a non-profit organization that manages South Carolina’s only managed Business Improvement District in the 36-block area bounded by Gervais, Elmwood, Assembly, and Marion streets in downtown Columbia and is funded by the property owners within the district boundaries.