The DBA is the official non-profit Designated Downtown Organization for the Town of Brattleboro, providing access to grants, technical assistance, and networking opportunities. Our programming is funded primarily through a special assessment tax on downtown properties.
The DBA works with members, including the downtown property owners, to develop a work plan and budget. Before submitting these to the town, DBA members vote and approve the work plan and budget.
The DBA 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 4 and many incredible volunteers.
We support thought leadership and collaborations with thought leaders, to drive positive innovation in rural downtown development.
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:
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.
From supporting our businesses through the pandemic to working on town beautification projects, we have Brattleboro’s back. The DBA is determined to improve the vitality of the downtown area and collaborate on programs that benefit our community.
Since the pandemic, DBA continues to help our members navigate the constantly changing landscape of shutdowns and reopenings, evolving safety mandates, reduced revenue, a deluge of essential information, and the shared trauma of a global health crisis, which have made for an unthinkably difficult time for all downtown business owners. We created programs like the 48-hour Gift Card Challenge, the Nourishing Artists program, and Everyone Eats! to support our community during this pandemic and support you all financially as you try to find your path to move forward.
Through the one2one Project, we offer continued guidance and strengthened the mutual support network that we have nurtured. DBA has been working hard on active place-making projects like the downtown dining parklets. The parklets have successfully increased business for participating restaurants, along with growing the energy and sense of community for those walking downtown. We’ve coordinated with local muralists and organizations like Ask the River and Brattleboro Area Interfaith Youth Group to spruce the parklets up with art, local musicians, and beyond. Despite unprecedented circumstances, we are committed to keeping our town vibrant!
While some of our favorite pre-COVID events might not be coming back for a while, I would be remiss not to mention the fun we had this past fall and winter with BrattleBOO in collaboration with the Recreation and Parks Department; the Bratt LUV Crawl, which pairs tastemakers from all over VT with our local shops for a sampling tour; the Alley Lane pop-up; and the Elliot Street Block Party, which brought games, food, and music to the street for an evening of enjoyment.
And we continue to support you by beautifying Main Street through our flower program and promoting downtown happenings on social media, in our newsletter, and through Planagogo.
There are many reasons to value DBA, and everyone has their favorite. Find more about what on our Facebook page. Whatever your reason, we’d love to have you join us!
A Year of Growth
We’ve had incredible growth this year. One of our biggest achievements has been growing from a 1-person organization to 4 people strong:
Stephanie: Executive director of the Downtown Brattleboro Alliance.
Lizzy: assists with everything social media, along with supporting the Parklet Project and Gallery Walk.
Frances: coordinates Everyone Eats! Including volunteers and community organizations.
Amanda: coordinates the one2one Project and the many spin-off projects borne from those conversations with you.
NEWS & UPCOMING EVENTS
*Open Office Hours to discuss our FY ’23 budget: Wednesday, September 29th @ 12:00-1:00 Zoom Link Here
*Annual Membership Meeting:
When: October 28th: 5:00-6:00