The Southwest Business Improvement District (SWBID) is the newest and 10th Business Improvement District in the District of Columbia. The SWBID covers 483 acres of Southwest DC, stretching from 15th Street SW to South Capitol Street, Independence Ave to Maine and M Streets SW.
A group of property owners in Southwest DC formed a taskforce in the summer of 2013 to explore for idea of organizing a Business Improvement District. This taskforce met over a period of months with community groups, homeowner associations, the local ANC, GSA, and fellow property owners to better understand the role a BID could play to improve the business climate of this quadrant of the District of Columbia.
The taskforce asked itself and others one simple question, “What are those things that, if we worked together, would make the biggest difference to our tenants and the neighborhood we share?” It quickly became clear that a stronger identity, better connectedness and improved retail offerings were high priorities for those who lived and worked in the southwest. It became clear, too that the desire to form a BID in the southwest was strong.
Officially launched in October 2015, the SWBID is working to redefine the status quo for cleanliness, state of public infrastructure, beautification and activity throughout the neighborhood.