Art on First aims at luring tourists to downtown Napa, North Bay Business Journal
Numerous hotels and storefronts, along with the tourism improvement district are presenting the program as a means to keep downtown Napa and surrounding areas a tourist attraction, with activities that will draw more visitors to the city itself.

Cities consider forming a tourism special district, Ventura County Star
The partnership among the three cities would create a Tourism Business Improvement District where hotels, motels and RV parks would be assessed 1.5 percent of their total room rental revenue. The five-year assessment is expected to bring in about $1.2 million annually.

Dorchester free parking scheme set for long stay, Dorset Echo
A town in England has experimented with a parking voucher system that provides two hours of free parking for shoppers who at least spend £10 (approximately $16 dollars). The parking scheme has been hailed as a “runaway success”.

Coke Gets the Mall, Pepsi Gets Downtown, Washington City Paper
PepsiCo is working with the Downtown Business Improvement District and the D.C. Department of Public Works to start a recycling program involving something called a “Dream Machine.

Sprinkles Gives Local Businesses a Sneak Peek, Patch.com
A small business in the Georgetown Business Improvement District plays ‘good neighbor’ by offering local businesses a baker’s dozen of free cupcakes before opening it’s doors to the public. Nice idea!