Capitol Hill BID Wins IDA 2010 “Downtown Merit Award”

The International Downtown Association (IDA) announced the Capitol Hill Business Improvement District (BID) will receive the “Downtown Merit Award” at IDA’s upcoming Annual Meeting in Fort Worth, Texas in October, for our Keep America Beautiful Cigarette Litter Prevention Program (CLPP).The Capitol Hill BID was among 73 qualified entries in the category of Merit. Submitted projects and initiatives in this category came from organizations working to further their city centers through unique operating strategies such as the CLPP.

The Washington D.C. based International Downtown Association is a champion for vital and livable urban centers and strives to inform, influence, and inspire downtown leaders and advocates.In 2009 the BID used the CLPP grants to purchase various ash receptacles to place in high traffic areas throughout Capitol Hill as well as run a summer ad campaign encouraging smokers to do their part and properly dispose of their cigarette waste. In a follow up scan the BID reported a 72 percent reduction in cigarette waste in the selected pilot areas.

Director of Operations, Andrew Lee “We have noticed a considerable reduction in cigarette litter since installing ash can lids and smokers poles, which has added to the overall cleanliness of the business district.”This is the second IDA award the Capitol Hill BID has received. In 2008 we won an award for “Social Programs” for “YES” (Youth Empowerment for Success), a program for teens court-ordered to do community service.