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, […]

Stepping Into the Future: Dana Point’s Transformative Decision

“Modernization” can be a daunting word, but not for Visit Dana Point Executive Director, Jonny Westom. Back in 2009, Visit Dana Point began as a Tourism Business Improvement District (“TBID”) formed under California’s Parking and Business Improvement Area Law of 1989 (“89 Act”). The destination envisioned a high end, meetings focused, sales and marketing plan […]

Monterey County CVB: Conquering Challenges for a Stronger District

Monterey County offers an iconic California experience. From the breathtaking coastline of Big Sur and fresh seafood on Cannery Row in Monterey, to world renowned golf courses in Carmel-by-the-Sea and handcrafted wines in Carmel Valley – Monterey County has something special for everyone who visits. The Monterey Convention and Visitors Bureau (“MCCVB”) has an abundance […]

Best Practices: Nonprofit Bylaws

When did someone last take a close look at your nonprofit corporation’s bylaws? Chances are, quite some time ago.  Maybe not even since they were drafted. Nonprofit staff are immersed in their immediate jobs and likely to find their attention riveted on more obviously pressing tasks and interactions.  When the bylaws are actually referred to, […]

Best Practices: Are You Submitting Your Annual Report Properly?

California nonprofit corporations serving as the Owners’ Association for a California assessment district formed pursuant to the Property and Business Improvement District Law of 1994 must comply with several important requirements. Staying in compliance is critical to the success of both the assessment district and the nonprofit corporation Owners’ Association. This article provides a summary […]