Founded in 1977, the Downtown Milton Business Improvement Area (BIA) is a local board that works to enhance our historic downtown community and promote it as a vibrant destination to shop, dine, visit and do business. With the support of the municipality, the BIA empowers property owners and business operators to join together and help the community thrive. Over 220 business operators and property owners are members of the Downtown Milton BIA. See above for a map of the BIA district.
What does the BIA do?
The BIA’s mission is to restore, enhance, and promote Downtown Milton as a vibrant and growing business community. We do this in a variety of ways.
- Beautification – We aim to create a cohesive and colourful atmosphere in Downtown Milton through landscaping, street banners, special lighting, seasonal décor, maintenance and more.
- Marketing and promotions – Through our website, social media accounts and media and advertising activities, we promote our community and our members.
- Events and activities – We host and support events and activities which help to attract and engage people from across Milton and beyond and connect them with local businesses
- Advocacy and strategic partnerships – We advocate for our members and support their interests by maintaining strong partnerships with all levels of government and community groups.
Who pays for the BIA?
The BIA is funded through a special tax levy paid by owners of all commercial and industrial properties within the BIA boundaries. Property owners determine how to include BIA levy fees in their lease agreements with their tenants and there is no additional fee for business operators to be BIA members. The BIA also seeks sponsorship and grants to support specific initiatives and events.
How is the BIA managed?
An independent volunteer Board of Directors oversees the planning, budgeting, implementation and evaluation of BIA activities. The board members are elected by the membership and then appointed by the Town Council every four years. The Executive Director and staff manage the BIA office and activities.
How do I get involved?
Property owners and business operators within the BIA district can get involved in several ways. Submit the Member Information Form to ensure that you are included in our online directory and that you receive our member newsletter. We also encourage all members to participate in events, respond to member surveys and actively communicate with the BIA team. To directly impact the BIA’s projects and plans, you could consider becoming a committee member or running for election as a Board member. Contact us to find out more.