There are several partnerships and Business Improvement Districts in Arlington:
About the Ballston Business Improvement District (BID)
The Ballston Business Improvement District (BID) plays a major role in promoting Ballston-Virginia Square as an attractive, dynamic and successful urban center. With approximately $2 billion invested in the area since 1986, Ballston is one of the fastest growing office, residential and retail communities in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.
Taste of Arlington, Farmers Market, Arts and Crafts Market
About the Clarendon Alliance
The Clarendon Alliance (CA) is a public-private partnership chartered by the Arlington County Board to promote the health and vitality of the Clarendon section of Arlington, "Arlington’s Original Downtown." With the support of members and Arlington County, the CA works to promote the health and vitality of the Clarendon Corridor. The CA organizes community events and public markets to sustain Clarendon as an "Urban Village" which is a key theme in the Clarendon Sector Plan. The CA produces publications and directories to provide information about Clarendon’s history and amenities, maintains an active Web site and organizes forums and meetings so the public can learn about a broad range of issues that impact the district.
Clarendon Farmers Market, Clarendon Day, Clarendon-Courthouse Mardi Gras Parade, Urban Village Market
CPRO is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, public-private partnership. It is a coalition of businesses, civic associations, property owners and individuals working with the Arlington County government to improve and revitalize Columbia Pike and its adjacent neighborhoods. The mission of CPRO is to create a safer, cleaner, more vibrant community from the Pentagon to the County line. Columbia Pike is home to over 500 businesses and geographically makes up 17% of Arlington. It is home to nearly a third of Arlington’s residents. CPRO has led efforts to create a vision and detailed plans for the community, and this work culminated in the creation and adoption of a comprehensive long-range plan for Columbia Pike. The plan, called the Columbia Pike Form Based Code, addresses land use and zoning, transportation enhancements, incentives to attract new development, new retail and new businesses to augment the existing offerings along Columbia Pike. The future may also see the creation of a Business Improvement District (BID), a Community Development Corporation, development authority and/or a parking authority. CPRO will continue to work with County staff and the community to achieve the goal of an ever-more-vibrant Columbia Pike.
Columbia Pike Farmers Market (regular market season runs April 28 – November 24 and winter season runs December – April), Annual Columbia Pike Blues Festival
About the Lee Highway Alliance
LHA is a 501(c)(4) Virginia non-stock corporation and nonprofit organization, headed by a 17-member Board of Directors. Originally formed in February of 2013 as the Lee Highway Presidents Breakfasts, LHA currently represents a coalition of 16 active civic associations, numerous property owners and businesses in the Lee Corridor, and other concerned community members working in a grassroots partnership with Arlington County.
LHA’s purpose is to promote the revitalization of the Lee Highway corridor under a framework of nine guiding principles and a number of active citizen driven committees. Characterized by low-rise commercial development from the 1950s and 60s, the Lee Corridor is a major east–west arterial street, flanked by Metro stations on its eastern boundary in Rosslyn and on its western boundary in East Falls Church. With 245,000 square feet of office, over a million square feet of retail development and nearly 10,000 residential units (population of around 23,000 people), the Lee Corridor is 4.6 miles long and a primary service, retail and residential destination for the northern half of the County.
In 2016, in partnership with the County, the Alliance created a visionary study to serve as a baseline for comprehensive long range planning and won the Virginia Statewide Neighborhood Conference’s 2016 Advocate of the Year Award. In 2017, LHA received commendation from the Commonwealth's General Assembly. In 2018, LHA will play an active leadership role with the community in the Lee Highway Planning Initiative (LHPI), which will update the Generalized Land Use Plan.
LHPI will seek creative, forward-thinking solutions that address land use and zoning, transportation enhancements, pedestrian and bicycle safety, open/community meeting space and affordable housing including Housing Conservation Districts (HCDs). The planning study will also address incentives to attract new jobs, mixed-use development, senior housing, day care and art/cultural activities to the corridor, to make it a much improved "Main Street" for all its citizens.
Educational Forums on issues facing the Lee Corridor, Walking Tours, Marymount Farmers Market (regular market season runs late May to late November), MFM Oktoberfest, Community Day events in partnership with civic associations and a major festival on Small Business Saturday called Lighting the Corridor featuring corridor-wide activities and a "Shop Lee, Shop Local" campaign with local businesses.
About the National Landing Business Improvement District
The National Landing Business Improvement District (BID) is a non-profit organization that thrives on its strong private-public partnership with Arlington County and local property owners. Formerly known as the Crystal City BID from 2006 to 2020, this membership coalition continuously promotes and activates the local business, retail, restaurant, and residential community.
Vintage Crystal City Wine and Cheese Festival, Crystal Run - Marine Corps Marathon
About the Rosslyn BID
The Rosslyn Business Improvement District (RBID) is a nonprofit, private organization with the mission to provide high-quality, customer-oriented services designed to define, enhance and continually improve Rosslyn for those who work, live, visit and do business here.
The RBID takes an active leadership role in its work, serving as a collaborator, community builder and agent of positive change. The RBID’s core services include hospitality, public realm enhancement, social services coordination, marketing of Rosslyn, community events, urban design and economic development. Through the RBID’s work, they are achieving their vision of Rosslyn as the premier, mixed-use urban center in the area. For more information visit www.rosslynva.org or @RosslynVa.
Rosslyn Jazz Fest, Rosslyn Outdoor Film Fest, Rosslyn Holiday Market, Fashion Truck Fridays, Boot Camp Exercise Class in Gateway Park