Parking & Business Improvement Area (PBIA)

Downtown Olympia in Spring

Purpose

The Parking & Business Improvement Area (PBIA) is a business improvement district in downtown Olympia.

The purpose of the PBIA Advisory Board is to develop an annual recommendation for the City Council about how to invest the PBIA Fund, and to serve as a communication link between downtown businesses (ratepayers) and the City of Olympia government.

The PBIA Board is not an independent business association, instead it is a City of Olympia advisory committee with board members elected annually by the PBIA ratepayers.

How Does the PBIA Help Downtown?

The mission of the PBIA is to assist in creating a vibrant, dynamic business environment and enhancing the reality and perception of downtown by visitors, residents and business owners. PBIA’s activities fit within these six program areas:

The PBIA funds small projects and sponsors programs that contribute to a welcoming, safe and attractive downtown for those who visit, live and work here. We recognize this as a high priority for our ratepayers.

Top 2018 Initiatives

  • Help fund the Downtown Ambassadors and Clean Team program to allow for a higher level of service delivery
  • Sponsor the Volunteer in Paint Program, which helps refresh downtown buildings
  • Maintain cigarette butt collectors to reduce litter on our streets

PBIA’s beautification efforts contribute to creating a welcoming environment that will help Downtown Olympia be known as a desirable destination within Thurston County and the State of Washington. We want community members and visitors to come back again and again.

Top 2018 Initiatives

  • Hang and maintain flower baskets throughout the summer
  • Install streetscape improvements, such as new street banners or murals

PBIA funds are used to market and promote downtown throughout the year. We are working to spread a unified, positive message about Downtown and the ways to experience it. We aim to motivate people to visit, shop and participate in events Downtown more often.

Top 2018 Initiatives

  • Partner with the Olympia Downtown Association on downtown marketing and promotion, to spread a positive message about downtown and the ways to experience it
  • Create a welcome packet for new downtown residents
  • Promote Twinklefest and a bright and festive holiday shopping experience downtown

The City’s recent Parking Strategy will help all downtown users access predictable short and long-term parking. The PBIA Board educates businesses about how the strategy aims to make parking more convenient for customers and where employees can and should park. The PBIA also supports efforts to design signage and encourage business participation.

Top 2018 Initiatives

  • Educate downtown businesses about the downtown parking strategy, especially opportunities for customers and employees
  • Participate in the development of a downtown wayfinding plan

The PBIA educates downtown businesses about the myriad resources available to enhance, support and grow their business, and fund business and professional training programs. We want downtown businesses to have the tools and trainings they need to be successful so that businesses can stay and thrive in downtown as the local economy grows.

Top 2018 Initiatives

  • Promote business support resources available in our region

The PBIA Board gathers and shares with the City feedback from ratepayers so that downtown businesses have a voice in the decision making that affects them and PBIA investments stay aligned with ratepayer priorities. The Board also informs ratepayers and partner organizations about its efforts and how to get involved.

Top 2018 Initiatives

  • Proactively engage businesses through welcome wagon and peer-to-peer outreach
  • Put out short, quarterly surveys

Meeting Information

The PBIA's regular meeting date will be changing from the 2nd Thursday to the 1st Wednesday of each month beginning in October 2018. The August and September meetings will still be on the 2nd Thursday. The meeting dates for October through December listed below reflect the date changes. The PBIA meets at 6 p.m., in Olympia City Hall Council Chambers, 601 4th Avenue East (unless otherwise noted below).

  • January 11
  • February 8
  • March 8
  • April 12
  • May 10
  • June 14
  • July 12
  • August 9
  • September 13
  • October 3
  • November 7
  • December 5

  • Jeff Barrett, State of the Arts Gallery 
  • Danielle Ruse, Tiller Creative 
  • David Rauh, Mixx 96.1FM
  • Jacob David, Nineveh Assyrian Food Truck
  • Janis Dean, The Popinjay
  • Jeffrey Trinin, Always Safe and Lock
  • Kim Murillo, Little General Food Shop
  • Lyndsay Galariada, Quality Self Storage
  • Mary Corso, Courtyard Antiques
  • Nathan Rocker, Thomas Architecture Studio
  • Sandy Hall, Dillinger's Cocktails and Kitchen
  • Jeremy Williamson, Olympia Coffee Roasters

Get additional meeting details, agendas, and minutes on our online meeting calendar external link.


Business Resources

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Questions?

Contact Staff Liaison, Amy Buckler, at 360.570.5847 or pbia@ci.olympia.wa.us

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