We’re Moving! Downtown Oshkosh BID Moves to the Oshkosh Convention and Visitors Bureau

OSHKOSH, WI, September 24, 2020 — The Downtown Oshkosh Business Improvement District (BID) announced that the Downtown BID Manager’s office will be moving from the Oshkosh Chamber of Commerce into the Oshkosh Convention and Visitors Bureau located at 100 N. Main Street beginning October 1, 2020. The Downtown Oshkosh BID manages and coordinates a variety of downtown initiatives and program activities that make Downtown Oshkosh a destination of choice for shoppers, visitors, businesses and organizations. The move is a part of the BID’s 2021-2025 Strategic Plan’s mission to ensure Downtown Oshkosh remains a premier destination in the Fox Valley.

Since the inception of the BID over 30 years ago, the Oshkosh Chamber of Commerce has not only taken a leadership role in helping form the BID but, has also been an excellent partner to the BID by providing office support and assisting the BID in carrying out its mission, specifically a wide range of recruitment, retention and economic development activities in Downtown Oshkosh .

Megan Lang, BID Chair stated, “The BID will continue to foster the long-standing relationship with the Oshkosh Chamber of Commerce and the Chamber will always remain one of the BID’s key strategic partners. The opportunity to locate our office within the Oshkosh Convention and Visitors Bureau not only gives us an actual presence within the BID District, but also allows us to further collaborate with another key strategic partner. Our mission of making Downtown Oshkosh a destination of choice has us promoting Downtown Oshkosh in ways that continue to expand through marketing, events, beautification and economic development.”

Rob Kleman, Senior Vice President of the Oshkosh Chamber of Commerce stated, “The Oshkosh Chamber of Commerce looks forward to continuing our very successful 33 year partnership with the Downtown Oshkosh Business Improvement District now and into the future.  We are proud that the Oshkosh Chamber took the lead back in 1987 and worked closely with forward thinking downtown leaders to help the BID become a reality.  The partnership between the Oshkosh Chamber and the BID over the years has enabled the BID to leverage resources to accomplish its goal of making Downtown Oshkosh a thriving hub for business and activity.”

Amy Albright, Director of the Convention and Visitors Bureau stated, “The Oshkosh Convention and Visitors Bureau is excited to be the home base for the Downtown BID. The further collaboration that is possible between our organizations is truly exciting and is another way to continue moving Oshkosh forward.”

Along with the move, the proposed 2021 BID budget includes an increase in its allotment for recruitment and retention grants and an increase for downtown events and marketing efforts. The partnership with the Oshkosh Chamber of Commerce will continue to further stimulate economic growth in Downtown Oshkosh and the new partnership with the Oshkosh Convention and Visitors Bureau will allow the BID to better share access to marketing and event resources. It will also help the BID continue to achieve its goal of making Downtown Oshkosh a place where people want to visit, live, work and start and own a business.

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