Services and Programs
The BIZ delivers services of hospitality, cleaning, supplemental lighting, safety efforts, parks maintenance, data support and outreach to benefit Downtown. Through a special assessment, the financial contributions of Downtown property owners enable the BIZ to serve the Downtown community in these important ways.
- Community and Business Engagement
- Downtown Ambassadors
- Downtown Supplemental Lighting
- Infrastructure and Planning
- Park and Street Landscaping
Community and Business Engagement
As part of the continued effort to provide information and engage Downtown businesses regularly, the BIZ provides access to resources, events and information through the Downtown BIZ Connect network.
The BIZ data program provides data and metrics to track the progress of downtown and provide information to internal staff and partners to gain better insights and plan appropriate strategies for improvement. It collects primary and compiles secondary data on such topics as housing, commercial property, land use, value, demographics, demand and more.
The Downtown Detroit Ambassador, established in 2006, has transformed the appearance of Downtown Detroit. The Ambassadors are the proactive and friendly individuals who clean public areas and serve as information resources for Downtown’s businesses, residents and visitors.
Downtown Detroit Ambassador Impact
Downtown Supplemental Lighting
Each winter, with support from Detroit’s Downtown Development Authority, and the Public Lighting Authority the BIZ illuminates Downtown with seasonal lighting on light poles and trees. These lighting elements enhance the physical characteristics of the Downtown parks and streets by brightening the streetscape. Specifically, we focus on pedestrian, cyclist and vehicular gateways in Downtown Detroit to make dark winter traveling brighter and safer.
Infrastructure and Planning
Working collaboratively with the City of Detroit and other governmental partners, the BIZ coordinates plans for important infrastructure and special projects downtown. These projects aim to improve Downtown in areas such as non-motorized transit, parking, public spaces, community outreach, environmental stewardship and more.
Park and Street Landscaping
The BIZ supports a healthy and green Downtown through beautiful trees, plants and flowers that help create a welcoming environment. The BIZ contributes to four downtown parks maintained by the DDP, medians in key corridors, sidewalk planters and highway entrances.
Offering security services for the core Downtown, the BIZ works collaboratively with community partners to provide resources and implementation to ensure a safe and secure environment. The BIZ safety efforts also serves as an extension of Project Lighthouse, the Downtown Central Business District neighborhood watch.