About the DVBID
The roots of Vacavilles’ downtown business district began with the formation of the Downtown Vacaville Business Association in 1992, a volunteer affiliation of local business owners, property owners and stakeholders who came together to address common ideas. In October 1999, Vacaville City Council passed an ordinance establishing a parking and business improvement area, to be named the Downtown Vacaville Business Improvement District. The ordinance created a .25 mile, roughly 7 x 6 block district, then home to 345 businesses.
The newly formed DVBID then established 501(c)6 non-profit status and formed a Board of Directors comprised of BID-member business owners, managers, financial institutions, non-profits, media professionals and educators. They set out to preserve and enrich Vacaville’s beloved downtown district through beautification, placemaking, and by supporting its’ vibrant economy.
The DVBID earned much of its notoriety by creating signature experiences by producing some of Vacaville’s most celebrated special events. The Saturday Farmers’ Market, annual Wine Stroll, Country & Western Festival, Oktoberfest celebration and Halloween Stroll bring thousands of locals and visitors into the district every year to shop, dine and play.
The DVBID currently represents 420 active member-businesses across many industries. It’s Board of Directors and two full time staff members work in close collaboration with city leaders and community stakeholders to advance common goals and concerns like parking allocation, cleanliness, security, streetscape design and economic/retail development.
BID Member-Businesses have access to an exclusive suite of business development tools including special marketing opportunities, public relations support and business education seminars designed with downtown merchants in mind.
- Maintenance: sidewalk sweeping, trash and debris removal, power washing of sidewalks, graffiti removal and more.
- Security: additional security to augment services from local police ranging from conventional security patrols to special events.
- Marketing and Promotions: programs to improve the overall image of a business district. Done by the development of a comprehensive marketing strategy and implementation plan to work with the traditional media and social media.
- Special Events: reinforce the business districts drawing power as a destination.
- Parking and Transportation: BIDs often support the management or expansion of the parking supply within the business district.
- Economic Development: BID management is tasked with attracting businesses and jobs to the district, while maintain a strong relationship with existing businesses to help them grow and expand their operations.
- Tourism Promotion: In California, BIDs are increasingly being used to supplement local and regional tourism programs to attract visitors.
- Human Services: BIDs are becoming active partners with human services agencies to help address the issues of the homeless.
- Capital Improvements: street lights, benches, kiosks, retail frontage programs and public art to name a few.
Brooke Fox, Executive Director
Judy St. George, Executive Assistance
Karen Seymour, President
First Northern Bank
Dean Roberts, Vice President
SonRise Community Fellowship
Bobbi Stokes, Treasurer
KMG Mortgage Company
Mike Rogers, Secretary
Coldwell Banker, Kappel, Gateway
Kathleen Ramos, Sergeant at Arms
Stumbaugh Realty Advisors
Ralph Berumen, Sergeant at Arms
Board of Directors
|Karen Seymour – President (First Northern Bank)||Dean Roberts – Vice President (SonRise Community Fellowship)|
|Bobbi Stokes – Treasurer (KMG Mortgage)||Mike Rogers – Secretary (Coldwell Banker Kappel Gateway)|
|Kathleen Ramos – Sergeant in Arms (Stumbaugh Realty Advisors)||Ralph Berumen – Past President (All State Insurance)|
|Maria Brana – Director (KUIC Radio)||Chandra Crowley – Director (Helping Hands Senior Resource)|
|Kimberly Muffett – Director (Pretty N Chic Furniture)||Bambi Reile – Director (Pain Shop)|
|Stacy Schutte, Director (Tasaris Le Salon)||Ed Rapisarda – Director (Fox Real Estate Group)|
|Mathew Taynton, Director (Tweed Hut Music Store)|
Business Enhancement Committee
|Stacy Schutte||Mike Rogers|
|Karen Seymour||Dean Roberts|
|Chandra Crowley||Maria Brana|
|Wendy Jackson||Stacy Schutte|
|Barton Brierley||Maria Brana|
|Ed Rapisarda||Kathleen Ramos|
Fundraising and Sponsorships Committee
|Bobbi Stokes||Mike Rogers|
|Dean Roberts||Wendy Jackson|
|Bobbi Stokes||Wendy Jackson|