Our Mission

To nurture and support the vitality of downtown Brattleboro through community and economic development.


Founded in 1999 as Building a “Better Brattleboro” and then renamed in 2014 to Downtown Brattleboro Alliance (DBA), we are the official non-profit Designated Downtown Organization for the Town of Brattleboro. We are one of 24 downtown organizations in the state of Vermont, and a fully accredited National Main Street America program. This designation provides access to grants, technical assistance, and networking opportunities. Our programming is funded by grants, donations and a special assessment tax on downtown properties in the Downtown Improvement District.

As a member-driven organization, Downtown Brattleboro Alliance uses membership fees to support the vibrancy of the downtown community and drive economic and cultural growth. 

The DBA represents more than 90 businesses and organizations and is led by a volunteer Board of Directors which includes local business owners, property owners, educators, and town representatives.  The DBA has a staff of 1.5 and many incredible volunteers. 


We recently completed our Five Year Strategic Plan and are thrilled about where we’re headed. Join us in building the future of downtown Brattleboro! Supporting the work of the DBA means our organization can grown and downtown will thrive. Here’s what you can expect from us.

  • The growth of a forward-looking creative and cultural entrepreneurship community.
  • Ongoing development of relevant business promotion strategies and collaborations.
  • The nurturing of a healthy downtown community focused on holistic sustainability, creativity in any/all mediums, commerce, and small and independent business.
  • Regular online and offline community gatherings. 
  • A place for the gathering and dispersal of ideas to support a vital and thriving downtown.
  • Promotion and Marketing of downtown Brattleboro as a destination for visitors and locals.
  • Beautification and placemaking through downtown flowers and holiday light installations. 
  • A voice at the table to advocate for downtown at the local and state level.
  • Partnership with regional economic development efforts and municipal priorities. 

How to Support the DBA

The DBA is supported by you! The more paying members we have, the stronger we are as an organization, and the more we can do for our community. You can support the DBA and Downtown Brattleboro in many ways, but here are two important ones to consider:

If you are within the DID lines become a paying member to receive voting privileges. We rely on paying members to guide our annual budget with their votes. Connect with us on our social media to see what we’re up to


DBA is committed to fostering a diverse and representative community of volunteers, staff and participants. We aim to create programming that is uplifting, safe and open to all with an appreciation and respect for a full spectrum of individual differences – cultural, racial, religious, socio-economic, or based on sexual identity, gender, physical, developmental or intellectual ability.

Board Meetings – Third Wednesday of Every Month

email coordinator@brattleboro.com for more information


For the latest news and happenings in Downtown Brattleboro and in the DBA, please email us, join our newsletter, or visit us on Facebook!

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