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Wynwood Business Improvement District Sets Agenda for Coming Year

Local property owners’ group poised to build on arts-focused neighborhood’s success, tackle challenges head-on

 Miami, FL (April 12, 2017) – The Wynwood Business Improvement District (BID), an organization comprised of local property owners in the bustling urban arts district, officially adopted their agenda for the coming year at their monthly board meeting today, setting forth clear goals to further elevate one of Miami’s most unique neighborhoods. The move comes on the heels of the BID’s annual retreat in March, an open forum that allows members of the public board to exchange ideas freely and engage in long-term planning.

The Wynwood BID’s priorities for 2017 and beyond include:

  • Continuing to work closely with local, state and federal health authorities to effectively prepare for the potential of Zika and ensure a coordinated response as needed
  • Expanding the BID’s current boundaries to include additional portions of the neighborhood
  • Working with County and City leaders to ensure that input from Wynwood property owners is incorporated into the pending North Miami Avenue streetscape project
  • Moving the pedestrian-oriented NW 3rd Avenue woonerf project forward
  • Ensuring that enhanced security and sanitation services remain at the forefront of the BID’s day-to-day operations

“In its first three-plus years of existence, the Wynwood BID has emerged as a highly-effective advocate for our neighborhood’s needs and that will continue in the coming year with the roadmap that we have set forth,” said BID Board Chairman Joseph Furst. “We’re focused on making the Wynwood experience even better for locals and visitors, alike, and the goals we defined at our recent retreat will help get us there.”

Along with those goals, the BID Board is also embarking on the process of finding a new executive director to succeed longtime BID leader Tom Curitore. Curitore, who has led the organization’s day-to-day operations since shortly after its creation in 2013, recently announced that he will be pursuing a new opportunity in the public sector beginning next month. Accordingly, the BID Board has already launched the search for a new executive director to succeed Curitore and move the BID’s long-term policy and planning goals forward.

“2017 will be an exciting year for the Wynwood BID and we see tremendous opportunities for growth and improvement in the coming weeks and months,” said Wynwood BID Vice Chairman Albert Garcia. “After enduring major challenges in 2016 – and taking valuable lessons away from them – we feel well-prepared to pursue our goals going forward and meet any challenges that may arise along the way.”

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About the Wynwood Business Improvement District (BID)

The Wynwood BID is a municipal board of the City of Miami representing more than 400 property owners that comprise the 50-city-block Wynwood Arts District. Run by a Board of Directors who themselves are property owners from the community, the BID works to enhance security and sanitation services in the neighborhood, advocate for the betterment of the area, raise awareness of advancements being made, and plan for the future of Wynwood.