In 2007, the City of Racine received a petition from property owners in Uptown that requested the creation of a business improvement district for the purposes of redeveloping Uptown. On August 21, 2007, by Resolution 07-0315, the Common Council approved the creation of the business improvement district and adopted its first-year operating plan (“Plan”) as developed by Racine County Economic Development Corporation in conjunction with the BID proponents. This Plan for 2017 was been prepared by the BID Board.
Uptown Offers Many Grant Opportunities for New and Existing Businesses The Uptown Business Improvement District (BID) was created in 2007 for the purpose of encouraging and supporting development within the neighborhood. The BID District runs along the Washington Avenue corridor bounded loosely on the north by Tenth Street, Sixteenth Street on the south, Racine Street on the east and Valley Drive on the west.
The Uptown BID is tasked with marketing the district; maintaining seasonal plantings, banners and sidewalk cleaning; improving safety and security; and assisting with the attraction and retention of businesses within the district. Over the past few years, the Uptown Business Improvement District has implemented a number of grants that may be available to businesses located within the district, as well as new businesses looking for a place to establish themselves. Listed below is information about those grants and how you can apply.
Before you sign a lease or purchase a building, it is important that you are aware of both the local support for new businesses and the review and regulations you will be required to comply with. Please take a few minutes to review the following brochures, developed by the City of Racine and Launch Box, for information that may be invaluable to you prior to opening a business.