Montgomery and Florence, Alabama Pass Tourism Improvement District Legislation!

Montgomery, Alabama Congratulations to Anna Buckalew, Ron Simmons, and Sheron Rose with the Montgomery Chamber and their team of lobbyists and consultants, including Ben Wieseman, Principal of Place Associates, Quintin Hawkins, Principal of QH Consulting LLC, Collier Neeley , Executive Director of Landmark Foundations, and Josh Blades, Senior Advisor for Bradley Law Firm on their hard-earned TID legislative win! On May 24, SB166, […]

Minnesota Boosts Tourism with New Tourism Improvement District Legislation!

Minnesota’s tourism landscape is on the cusp of a major transformation with the recent passage of the SF 1811 Omnibus Tax Law. This landmark legislation paves the way for the establishment of Tourism Improvement Districts (TIDs) throughout the state, promising to revitalize the tourism industry. The passage of this revolutionary act is credited to the […]

Illinois Enacts New Tourism Improvement District Legislation

On Friday, February 10th, Governor J. B. Pritzker signed Illinois HB0268 Tourism Preservation and Sustainability District Act into law. This law allows for the creation of tourism marketing and recovery district throughout the state. Senator, Sara Feigenholtz states, “This bill creates a lifeline for destination development activities-ensuring that tourism and hospitality operations in every corner of […]

Voting Yes for Tourism

Tourism funding continues to be a politically charged issue. While there is a mixed reaction to tourism funding in many communities, a few trends emerged in this recent cycle. Across the country, younger voters showed up more than ever before, and many counties’ and cities’ priorities shifted with the casting of ballots, including an increased […]

Rhode Island Enacts New Tourism Improvement District Legislation

Like so many of our destinations in the United States, the COVID-19 Pandemic presented new and more complicated obstacles for funding Tourism Destination Marketing Organizations in Rhode Island. Seeking to provide a stable solution for the industry, Kristen Adamo and the team at Go Providence teamed up with Representative Lauren Carson of Newport to pass […]

Utah Legislation Update

Congratulations to Visit Salt Lake on their hard-earned TID legislative win! Last week, HB373, Convention & Tourism Assessment Area Act (CTAA Act), sponsored by Rep. Robert Spendlove and Sen. Gregg Buxton, passed. The CTAA Act allows Salt Lake County tourism businesses to create TIDs for new and supplemental ways of promoting tourism, such as: sponsoring or incentivizing cultural or sports […]

Massachusetts Passes New Tourism Marketing District Legislation

In 2017, Civitas joined forces with Mary Kay Wydra,  President and CEO of the Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau to blaze a trail for tourism in Massachusetts. The goal: to pass State Tourism Destination Marketing District Legislation to enable Massachusetts to form TDMDs.  In 2019, Martha Sheridan joined the Greater Boston Convention and Visitors Bureau […]

Mobile, AL – First Tourism Improvement District in the State

Mobile’s tourism and lodging industries are celebrating an initiative they say will increase the amount of revenue Visit Mobile had to spend on marketing itself to potential visitors. Civitas joined forces with Kent “Spike” Blackinton, President of the Mobile Area Lodging Association, Margo Gilbert, General Manager of the Renaissance Battle House Hotel, along with Visit […]

Congratulations to Visit Baltimore!

Civitas works with hundreds of business improvement districts of all shapes and sizes each year, helping them form, renew or modify.  We recognize the immeasurable effort and time that goes into this process and as a team, we have deliberated to determine one district formation that stood out with Excellence in Collaboration, Excellence in Commitment, Excellence in Innovation, and Excellence in […]

New Funding for Texas DMOs: Tourism Public Improvement Districts

Texas destination marketing and management organizations now have another funding source to consider when evaluating opportunities to increase their annual budgets! These innovative funding sources, Tourism Public Improvement Districts (TPIDs), provide an unparalleled opportunity to increase demand for area hotel activity. Through enhanced funding for marketing and sales programming, destinations can attract additional group meetings, […]

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