International Downtown Association Honors “Safe, Secure and Prepared” Program
Washington, D.C. (September 15, 2017) – The Golden Triangle Business Improvement District was honored this week for its “Safe, Secure and Prepared” program by the International Downtown Association (IDA). The Golden Triangle BID received the IDA Excellence in Urban Place Management Award in the Downtown Leadership and Management category, which recognizes unique organizational approaches and projects that “improve the effectiveness of downtown management organizations.”
The mission of the “Safe, Secure, and Prepared” program is to engage the Golden Triangle community regularly about security and preparedness in its 43-square-block neighborhood that stretches from the front yard of the White House to Dupont Circle.
“We are continually striving to ensure that our safety, security and emergency preparedness program remains on the cutting edge, to protect the people and assets within our high-profile neighborhood,” said Leona Agouridis, Golden Triangle BID Executive Director. “We take pride in the way we have been able to successfully implement these initiatives and we are grateful to the International Downtown Association for honoring our work.”
As part of the program, the BID works with numerous local and Federal agencies, including Metropolitan Police, DC Fire/EMS, US Park Police, Metro Transit Police, FBI, US Secret Service, US Attorney’s Office, and DC government to strategize on multiagency solutions. In addition, the BID uses an alert system to send notifications to building managers about incidents such as suspicious packages or activities, utility outages, protests, and transportation disruptions. The BID has also developed tabletop exercises and training programs that prepare its members for emergencies such as nuclear detonations, active shooter response, bombings, earthquakes, hurricanes, and transportation emergencies.
“The Golden Triangle BID’s project received the IDA Award of Excellence for conducting innovative best practice work in the industry of urban place management,” said David Downey, IDA President and CEO. “The “Safe, Secure and Prepared” program is a shining example of excellent downtown management delivering real value to the city.”
About the Golden Triangle BID
The Golden Triangle BID is a non-profit corporation that works to enhance the Golden Triangle — the 43-square-block neighborhood that stretches from the front yard of the White House to Dupont Circle. 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. The BID connects its members to numerous resources, events, and information in and around the neighborhood and strives to increase quality of life through public safety and maintenance services. Together with corporate and government partners, the BID develops and implements programs that strengthen the vitality of the Golden Triangle. For more, visit goldentriangledc.com.
The International Downtown Association is the premier organization for urban place professionals who are shaping and activating dynamic city center districts. Our members are city builders and downtown champions who bring urban centers to life, bridging the gap between the public and private sectors. We represent an industry of more than 2,500 place management organizations, employing 100,000 people throughout North America and growing rapidly around the world. Founded in 1954, IDA is a resource center for ideas and innovative best practices in urban place management. For more information, visit downtown.org.