Resources for Businesses

Business Improvement District

Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) are areas in which property owners pay an assessment, in addition to property taxes, to fund cleaning, security and marketing services. These services supplement those provided by City government. BIDs have been proven to help in reducing crime and to spark increased retail activity. Cleaner streets and sidewalks help this process.

Funding for Wilmington’s BID is provided primarily by property owners who pay an annual assessment directly to Downtown Visions based on their property tax assessments. Other sources for the operating budget come from proceeds from our for-profit subsidiary, Clean & Safe Services, Inc.

The properties with the top 10% (highest) assessed values pay approximately 80% of the overall assessments

BID ASSESSMENT FAQS

How is my assessment calculated?

Assessments are based on the following formula: Per $100 of New Castle County assessed value x .3160 = total assessment. To find out the assessed value of your property, contact the New Castle County Department of Land Use at 302-395-5400 or visit www.nccde.org.

When are assessment bills mailed?

Annual assessment bills are mailed late-June.

When is my assessment due?

Your bill runs from July 1 through June 30 and is due July 31.

Where do I mail my payment?

WDBID Management Company
(DBA) Downtown Visions
P.O. Box 71271
Philadelphia, PA 19176-6271

Can I pay my bill in person?

Yes. Bills may also be paid in person at Downtown Visions headquarters between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. at 409 Orange Street, Wilmington, DE 19801

What if I have questions about my bill?
For questions about your assessment bill, please contact Loshawn Maxwell at
(302) 425-4200 ext. 105.

Business Marketing

To ensure that the region’s residents as well as tourists, visitors and potential investors are aware of Downtown Wilmington’s unique attractions and importance to the region’s economy, Downtown Visions currently uses a wide range of communications to promote the Downtown. Through news media contacts, press releases, social media, email, newsletters, web/mobile site and other means, Downtown Visions encourages visitation, tourism and investment. Downtown Visions partners with tourism, economic development, arts and cultural organizations, city and state government. As well, Downtown Visions shares and markets each business within the BID. Downtown Visions collects all business information including description, social links, products, images, etc. This information is available on Downtown Visions web/mobile site with each Downtown business having a separate page. We help businesses claim and verify their business on Google Places, Maps and selected social media sites. By listing each business they will immediately be visible to all consumers. We assist small business owners with the tools and training needed to utilize social media resources. This service may include collecting images, designing logos, graphic design and writing content done by local marketing and graphic design professionals who are also businesses located within the BID. Working with these marketing professionals we make recommendations, SWOT analysis and implement a marketing plan for businesses.

Music in the Streets

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From Rodney Square down to the Loma District in partnership with Gable Music Ventures, Downtown Visions is creating opportunities for emerging musicians.

Outdoor Concert Venue — Downtown Visions is activating a vacant lot at 407 – 411 N Market Street with live music, food and beverages every Thursday starting at 5:00 p.m. Friday evenings and Saturday daytime may be added. The lot will also be offered to non-profits to stage events and fundraisers. Private companies wishing to stage events that benefit the community are welcome to apply.

Street Musicians — Downtown Visions is authorized by City Ordinance to issue permits for street musicians and other creative entertainment.