The Central Business Improvement District (CBID) was created in 1993 to undertake programs and services that government is unable to provide. Its core mission is to bring more people to Downtown Knoxville to work, live, shop, and play. The CBID ensures the downtown area is constantly renewed and improved, so that it continues to be an asset to future generations. The special assessment district covers approximately .67 square miles which includes the core of downtown – Volunteer Landing to the Southern Railway tracks north of Jackson in the Old City, and 11th Street west of the Knoxville Art Museum to Hall of Fame Drive.
CBID membership is limited to individuals, businesses, and organizations who own property within the Central Business Improvement District. However, CBID relies upon the energies and vision of community volunteers to develop and execute its plans and programs. Anyone with an interest in the future of Downtown Knoxville is encouraged to attend Board meetings or join a CBID committee.
An active board of directors and standing committees focus on five principal areas: development, quality of life, marketing and events, residential, and recruitment and retention. Board members are elected for three-year terms and officers serve one-year terms. Membership to committees is open and volunteer involvement is encouraged.