The primary focus of the BID is to provide a clean, safe, and vibrant environment within this remarkable neighborhood, and to retain and attract businesses to the Golden Triangle.
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The Golden Triangle Business Improvement District is an award-winning non-profit 501(c)(6) corporation that works to enhance the Golden Triangle — the 44-square-block neighborhood that stretches from Dupont Circle to Pennsylvania Avenue.
Founded in 1997, the Golden Triangle BID encourages economic development through capital improvement projects, a variety of engaging events, and public art projects. The BID also strives to increase the quality of life through public safety and maintenance services. The BID is funded by a special tax that is paid by property owners within the neighborhood. The Golden Triangle BID’s operating budget for FY2019 is $5,663,275 and can be divided as follows: $2,541,268 for Ambassador and Safe and Secure Programs; $694,492 for Public Realm; $1,122,482 for Research/Economic Development/Marketing/Events; and $1,305,033 for Administration and Professional Services.
The BID connects its members to numerous resources, events, and information in and around the neighborhood. The staff serve as the first point of contact for member questions and issues and act as a key liaison between businesses and many city agencies. Together with corporate and government partners, the BID develops and implements programs that strengthen the vitality of the Golden Triangle. The BID is dedicated to making the Golden Triangle a great place to live, work, and play.
In 2019, the Golden Triangle was awarded LEED Platinum, the highest level of LEED certification, by the U.S. Green Building Council. It is the first BID in the world to be certified through the LEED for Communities program.
In 2022, the BID unveiled a new strategic plan outlining the BID’s vision for the future.
More information about the Golden Triangle Charitable Corporation, the BID’s 501(c)(3) affiliate, can be found at www.goldentrianglecharity.org.
Learn more about the Golden Triangle’s community of changemakers and view highlights from the Golden Triangle BID over the last year in the 2023 Annual Report.
The Golden Triangle Business Improvement District (BID) is celebrating 25 years of serving its members, community, and visitors in the nation’s capital, as a new charter term begins this October. At the same time, the BID is leading a transformational reimagining of the Golden Triangle’s future — one that includes cultivating a premier mixed-use neighborhood; continuing essential services that uphold clean, safe, and beautiful streets; and creating vibrant activities and places.
The program featured remarks from Councilmembers Brooke Pinto and Zachary Parker, an awards ceremony recognizing Ambassadors who have served the Golden Triangle for 20 or more years, accomplishment highlights over the past year, and a panel of changemakers who are building on the advantages of the Golden Triangle today to make it even better for tomorrow.
Over the last two decades, the Golden Triangle Business Improvement District (BID) has evolved to enhance the economic vitality, vibrancy, beauty, and culture of the Golden Triangle. The BID was formed in the late 1990’s as the second DC BID and initially focused on clean and safe streets. After setting the “Gold Standard” in these essential service areas, the BID broadened its agenda to add programs that enhanced vibrancy such as landscaping, public art, and events. By conceptualizing and implementing improvements and responding to emerging needs, the BID transformed the Golden Triangle into a premier world-class neighborhood.
Then, in March 2020, everything changed. The worldwide COVID pandemic created immense, unprecedented challenges; particularly for urban, office-centric districts like the Golden Triangle. Drawing on its strengths as a connector between public and private sectors, the BID proudly stepped forward to lead the Golden Triangle through the pandemic’s uncertain times and to reimage the future of the neighborhood. Engaging a variety of Golden Triangle property owners and other stakeholders, the BID created a shared vision that is outlined in the recently adopted 2022 strategic plan. The BID’s work is more critical than ever as a post-COVID district takes shape.
Now is the time for the Golden Triangle to accelerate its evolution from a premier business district into a world-class, innovative, mixed-use neighborhood.
In the next charter term, the BID will build on 25 years of experience supporting the community to execute a bold and ambitious agenda for the future of the Golden Triangle.
View the full Golden Triangle BID Business Plan FY 2024 – FY 2028.