About Ed!

We are the Business Improvement District in Downtown Edmonds, Washington.

Welcome to Ed!, the Edmonds Downtown Alliance.

With nearly 350 members, if your business is located in downtown Edmonds, you are likely a member of our business improvement district.

Business Improvement Districts (BID) are special assessment areas established under the Revised Code of Washington (Chapter 35.87.A). They provide a local funding mechanism whereby businesses assess themselves to fund programs related to activities such as beautification, marketing, security, parking, clean-up or administration.

Our district is called the Edmonds Downtown Alliance.

Created by the Edmonds City Council in early 2013, we are a focused, funded organization that supports and improves business conditions in Edmonds. Our goal is to ensure our downtown stays lively, attractive and prosperous.

A boundary map, assessment overview and approved scope of work are included on this site.

Advisory Board Meetings

Advisory Board meetings are held on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month from 8:00 – 9:30 a.m. at the Edmonds Center for the Arts, 410 4th Ave North, Room 225. Please join us.

Below is our meeting schedule for the next few months.

  • November 9, 2017

FAQ

  • When are Ed! Advisory Board Meetings held?

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    Advisory Board meetings are held on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month from 8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. at the Edmonds Center for the Arts, 410 4th Ave North, Room 225. Please join us.

  • When is the Annual Member Meeting?

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    The Annual Ed! Member Meeting is held each year in April.

  • What is the process to become a Board Member?

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    The Annual Meeting of Members of the Edmonds Downtown Alliance is held each April for the purpose of electing members of the Ed! Board of Directors. Notice of the Annual Meeting is sent in conjunction with the solicitation of nominees at least 30 days prior to the Annual Meeting. The nominee solicitation notice will include instructions on submitting a board nomination request.

  • What other cities have BIDs?

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    There are thousands in existence around the country and the world. Six neighborhoods in Seattle have them as well as Yakima, Leavenworth, and Auburn.

  • How was the organization established?

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    Under the RCW 35.87A.030, the downtown Edmonds BID was formed by ordinance using a three step process. Step 1 - Adoption of a Resolution to Initiate a BID; Step 2 - Resolution Declaring a City's Intent to Establish a BID; and Step 3 - Approval of an Ordinance to Establish a BID. The petitions gathered from businesses were used to show support from our business community. It was renamed the Edmonds Downtown Alliance in spring 2014.

  • Who determines how the Alliance's funds are spent?

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    The Members Advisory Board creates an annual work plan and budget each fall. This document is submitted to the City of Edmonds no later than October 1st. At a subsequent Edmonds City Council meeting, the board will ask for Council approval on the work plan and budget.

  • Can my assessment increase?

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    It is not the intention of the members advisory board to increase assessment rates, though a process can be initiated with member notification, a public hearing and a majority approval to do so. Assessment increases will be blocked if a majority of businesses object.

  • Who sits on the members advisory board?

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    Members of the advisory board are ratepayers in good standing who proportionally represent the businesses in the Alliance. Elections for the Advisory Board are held each April during our annual meeting.

    The City of Edmonds Economic Development Director and the Executive Director of the Greater Edmonds Chamber of Commerce will serve as liaisons to the Advisory Board on behalf of their respective organizations but will not vote.

  • Is the organization permanent?

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    Yes, though it can be terminated. The process to terminate a district is similar to the process to start one. First, a petition to dissolve the Alliance is circulated to business owners and presented to City Council. The Advisory Board requests a hearing before City Council who then decide on the petition and a resolution to dissolve the Alliance.

  • How do I fund a project idea?

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    Information about the Ed! Grant Program can be found in the Reports & Minutes section under Current Year Workplan and Program Updates.