For Businesses


On February 19, the City Council approved the second phase of working toward putting a vote to Property Owners for a Landscape & Lighting (L&L) assessment increase. The second phase includes a survey of property owners prior to balloting. (more info)

For Members:

Easter Egg Hunt

We're bringing back the popular Downtown Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 20, 11:00am-2:00pm. We provide the window signs; you provide the treats.

Clean Sidewalk Grant

Arrange to have your sidewalk pressure washed by an authorized cleaning company and receive a reimbursement of up to 35% of the contractor fee.

New Minimum Wage

Effective July 1, 2019, the City's minimum wage will increase to $13.50 per hour regardless of the size of the business. Another increase is scheduled for 2020.

About the Downtown Alameda Business Association

The Downtown Alameda Business Association was first formed in 1981 and serves as a support network for the 450+ businesses located within Alameda's Park Street Business Improvement Area. The Downtown Association's goal is to develop an economically prosperous business district through a united effort of its members.


Economic & Government Relations Committee - Assists the City in bringing new businesses to the District, retaining current businesses, and addresses community and governmental concerns that might affect our members.
Meets first Tuesdays, 8:30am.

Membership Committee - Greets new members, plans networking events like our monthly mixers, oversees annual awards event, ensures members are informed of news and happenings.
Meets second Mondays, Noon.

Take Pride Committee - Collaborates with city, community organizations, and vendors to keep the district Clean, Green, and Safe including, pedestrian and bicycle programs, street and landscape beautification, and public safety improvements.
Meets second Tuesdays, 8:30am.

Promotions Committee - Reviews promotional opportunities, plans and implements public fundraising events, recruits volunteers, and assists in developing sponsorships for district events.
Meets third Mondays, 4:00pm.

Board of Directors - Provides oversight and governance of the association, determines the annual budget, and represents the membership on issues that affect the District. Board members are elected by the membership.
Meets last Wednesdays, 8:00am.

View the FY2018/2019 Work Plan

Business Improvement Area

Business Improvement Areas (BIAs) are used extensively throughout California to promote a healthy retail/service climate as well as a district that is aesthetically pleasing and clean. Perhaps the biggest advantage to being in a Business Improvement Area is the knowledge that the welfare of the district is being actively pursued by both hired staff and civic-minded volunteers.

The Park Street Business Improvement Area was formed in 1989 and codified in the Alameda Municipal Code (AMC), Section 6-7. The Park Street area includes the "Theatre District" (Zone A) and the surrounding downtown business area (Zone B). Every year, the City Council re-adopts the BIA and sets the levy that becomes "dues" for businesses located within the designated improvement area.

The Park Street BIA is managed by the Downtown Alameda Business Association (formerly known as the Park Street Business Association). Revenues from the BIA directly benefit businesses located in Downtown Alameda through the general promotion of business activities and public events, beautification and ambiance, construction and maintenance of parking facilities, and special projects benefitting the business area.

Background info for the 2018/2019 re-adoption (boundaries map and address list, BIA fee schedule, Downtown Association work plan): City Council agenda item (May 1, 2018)

The Downtown Association is working with the City of Alameda to expand the current boundaries of the Park Street BIA to incorporate Park Street Landing at Blanding Ave and Park Street. The expansion project will increase services now only provided to the association’s current membership and will better align with the boundaries of the Landscape & Lighting District. View project details and what the BIA assessment funds do for our member businesses: BIA Expansion Project

More information about the City of Alameda's Business Improvement Areas (BIA's) is available on the city website:

Businesses located in and around Park Street are encouraged to contact the Downtown Alameda Business Association for further details.

Mission & Purpose

The Downtown Alameda Business Association serves as a support network for the businesses located in Alameda's Park Street Business District. The Downtown Association's goal is to develop an economically prosperous business district through a united effort of its members.

The Park Street Business Association (dba Downtown Alameda Business Association) is a 501(c)6 organization. The association's financial information may be obtained by contacting our office.

Association By-Laws, revised 8/8/18.

Monthly Mixers

Business mixers are typically held the third Wednesday of each month. The mixers provide an opportunity for our members to network and receive district updates.

Bring your business card for a chance to win a door prize!

Next Downtown Mixer:

Project Burger Alameda

March Mixer

  • Wednesday, March 20
  • 5:30-7:00pm
  • Project Burger
    2319 Central Ave

Mixers are usually held on the third Wednesday of the month.


Access the latest news:

March 2019

February 2019

January 2019


2018 Archives

2017 Archives


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