Downtown

Discover something new and unexpected in the urban heart of Central California: Downtown Fresno! Explore the sights and sounds of Downtown and find something exciting to do with your friends and family!

The Downtown Fresno Partnership is defined as a Property-based Business Improvement District (PBID). California State Law defines PBIDs in the California Streets and Highways code 36600 as a property and business owner collaborative forming a partnership between the public and private sector organized for the improvement of a specific commercial area. In this structure, the property owners determine the boundaries of the PBID and how much they are willing to spend to allow for the services they desire in the district. A PBID provides services over and above those provided by the city. A PBID is governed by a private non-profit corporation made up of the property owners.

All funds raised are returned to the private non-profit corporation governing the district, which is responsible for managing the district and delivering district services. PBIDs have a defined life, which cannot exceed 5 years, pursuant to the PBID law. Property owner support is required for renewal and the formation process must be followed. The Downtown Fresno Partnership was established on January 1, 2011 and will be undergoing the renewal process in 2015.

Who We Serve

The Downtown Fresno Partnership serves the City of Fresno; the business community; Fulton Mall and other Downtown merchants; public and private agencies; and the community at large through leadership, partnership and advocacy. We're here to serve you!

A map of downtown is to the right. The properties included in our district are the ones identified in the blue section. Click on the map for a larger downloadable map.

The Board of Directors for The Downtown Fresno Partnership represents a diverse selection of community members, united in their passion for a revitalized Downtown Fresno.

What We Do

The Downtown Fresno Partnership is leading Downtown Fresno toward its future as a vibrant hub of business activity by promoting Downtown's image; supporting physical improvements and development; advocating for merchants; and hosting special events that bring new life to the historic core of our City. Specifically, what do we do?

  1. Work to improve the downtown physical environment by:
  • Improving signage and adding banners
  • Removing litter and installing/maintaining new garbage receptacles
  • Maintaining an ambassador program that changes the perception of safety and adds a concierge element to the downtown experience
  • Adding new landscaping and improving existing landscaping
  • Improving the parking experience in downtown
  • Understanding the resources available for the homeless/transient population and working to mitigate the impact on the downtown business community
  • Working with the City of Fresno closely to address any maintenance or repair issues
  1. Strengthen the downtown business community by:
  • Hosting a regular speaker series that addresses common business concerns
  • Creating a business network that encourages exchange among businesses
  • Becoming a conduit between property owners, brokers, business owners and the business resources that create viable business opportunities
  • Marketing downtown as a whole and the business community through various promotions, networks, events, social media and internet vehicles
  • Recruiting new businesses to downtown Fresno by demonstrating the growth potential and the vision
  1. Program the central business district in an effort to showcase the community and engage a variety of audiences by:
  • Producing a variety of events around downtown including the Market on Kern, Over The Edge, Cinco de Mayo, Fiestas Patrias / El Grito, Sudz in the City, the Downtown Christmas Parade and the Downtown Ice Rink
  • Encouraging other organizations to produce events in downtown and assisting where appropriate to ensure their success
  • Marketing all downtown events through our website, newsletters and ambassadors

Organizational Documents

Management Plan

By-Laws

Financial Picture 2011 - 2015

2013 Annual Report - Third year of operation

2012 Annual Report - Second year of operation

2011 Annual Report - First year of operation

PBID Resolution - Authorization by The City of Fresno

PBID Agreement - Signed by the City of Fresno and the Downtown Association of Fresno

 

State of Downtown
February 2015
Downtown Fresno's annual meeting

  Yellow Umbrella Tours
First Saturday Each Month - 10 a.m.
Starts at Warnor's Theatre
  Market on Kern
Every Wednesday through October
9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Kern Street (between M and N streets)
 

Cinco De Mayo
May 2-4, 2014
Fulton Mall between Inyo and Fresno

 

Fiestas Patrias/El Grito
September 13-15, 2014
Fulton Mall between Inyo and Fresno
Mexican Independence Day

  Sudz In the City
October 25, 2014
1-5pm on the Fulton Mall
  Downtown Fresno Ice Rink
November 13, 2014 through January 19, 2015
Fulton Mall at Mariposa Plaza
  Christmas Parade
Saturday, December 13, 2014
Theme: Candy Canes & Christmas Carols

Discover Downtown Fresno on your next visit! It is an exciting time to be downtown as we prepare for the $20 million Fulton Corridor Transformation , restoring Fulton back to the original Main Street for the Central Valley, a center for culture, commerce and experience. Downtown has also seen over 100 units of residential housing added in the last two years, including the new City View at Van Ness , adding to a total of 800 residential units. Over 50 businesses have opened in the last four years, including the latest economic driver: Bitwise Industries , a major tech hub in downtown to recruit and retain the future workforce. Downtown Fresno has major events, farmer's markets, schools, grocery stores, music festivals, happy hour spots, breweries, bicycle facilities, a monthly Art Hop, food trucks, unique murals and even a seasonal ice rink.

Downtown Fresno has many options for shopping and dining . Check out the map below to see what you can discover on the Fulton Mall and be sure to visit these businesses as construction begins on the Fulton Main Street Transformation. Businesses will be open!

Whether it's for business or pleasure, Downtown Fresno has the accommodations and proximity to attractions to suit your needs. From the Downtown Radisson (located conveniently across the street from the Fresno Convention and Entertainment Center) to the newly renovated Holiday Inn Fresno Downtown (centrally located on Van Ness Avenue), Downtown is the perfect place to stay, hold a conference or book your special event.

In addition, downtown is just minutes from other major Fresno attractions that are highly accessible from downtown.

Looking to book your travel arrangements for your Fresno visit? Book through our partner travel agency, and our organization will receive a portion of the proceeds. Click on the image to the right to begin your booking.

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