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Downtown Sacramento Partnership renewed for 10-year term

The Downtown Sacramento Partnership – the state’s oldest property-based business improvement district (PBID) – was formally renewed for another 10-year term by the City Council on Thursday.

Nearly 90 percent of the business and property owners who voted in the PBID’s renewal election approved the new term, which runs through the end of 2025. The partnership was formed in 1996 and is funded by fees paid by property and business owners in a 66-square-block area, from Old Sacramento to 16th Street, and between H Street and N Street.

The organization runs a homeless outreach program, has a retail recruitment office and operates the Concerts in the Park, three farmer’s markets and the holiday ice rink in St. Rose of Lima Park.

“It started, as many did, with the development of clean and safe programs and tackling perception issues,” said Michael Ault, the organization’s director since 1997. “The evolution of this organization has included programs that have become models throughout state.”

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