About the DBA

The Downtown Bloomington Association (DBA) is a not-for-profit membership-based organization representing business and property owners, and residents to enhance the vitality and livability of Downtown Bloomington. Join us! Become a Member today!

DBA Mission Statement

The mission of the Downtown Bloomington Association is to promote the revitalization and growth of Historic Downtown Bloomington through collaboration among property owners, private citizens, community and business leaders, town and government representatives and civic organizations.

DBA Vision Statement

The Downtown Bloomington Association envisions an active and vibrant downtown that preserves the historic character, enhances natural resources and encourages new and continuing opportunities for growth, economically, socially and culturally. The vision of DBA fosters pride and promotes a positive image of Downtown Bloomington. This vision supports and attracts businesses and visitors thus enhancing the quality of life for all members of the community.

In March 2005, Downtown Bloomington Association was accepted into the Illinois Main Street Program, Office of  then Lt. Governor Pat Quinn. This group provides technical assistance and in partnership with the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, provides design assistance to the Downtown business and property owners.

Get Involved!

The DBA has four working committees that direct their focus in specific areas for the betterment of the downtown community. New ideas are always welcome!

Organization Committee – Meeting times vary. This group focuses on fundraising,  and membership, and strives to increase awareness and support for downtown through special events like Downtown Trivia Night. Chair – Tim Tilton

Promotions Committee – Meets the Second Tuesday of every month, 6 p.m. at the Bistro. This group focuses on promotion and marketing, special events, and awareness.  Chair – Michael Wilson, Elizabeth Abury

Design Committee – Meets the Third Wednesday of Every Month, 4 pm at Joann Goetzinger Gallery , 313A N. Main. This group focuses on downtown aesthetics and keeping downtown beautiful. This committee programs include Adopt a Pot, ( Large flower pots) Grow the Museum Square ( tree well gardens),  and Downtown Bloomington Public Art . Chair – Martha Burk

Economic Vitality – Meeting times vary.
This group focuses its attention on business retention and recruitment, and supporting the economic health of the district. Chairs –  Carl Teichman

The DBA receives financial support from private sponsors and contributing members.

District Boundaries – Most of the area inside U.S. 51 is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Downtown Bloomington’s boundaries: north – Locust, south – Olive Street, east – Gridley Street, west – Lee Street. The Grossinger Motors Arena in the south and the rehabilitated Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts in the north anchor the district.

The City’s Economic & Community Development Department provides administrative support to the DBA

Downtown Development Specialist – Catherine E. Dunlap
Downtown Development Specialist – Samantha Mlot