Special-Benefit District Formation Services

NCA has worked throughout the country to form districts in California, Illinois, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Washington State, Oregon, Nevada, Arizona, Colorado, New York, Missouri and Massachusetts. We analyze and understand the various kinds of state legislation and local enabling ordinances that regulate the establishment of districts that allow the collect the special tax assessments or fees, and the subsequent transfer of these funds to an authorized organization. NCA believes that successful special-benefit district formations are most often driven by community stakeholders such as Downtown or neighborhood business property owners and resident property owners – groups that are willing to self-assess and fund special-benefit services. In December 2008 New City America formed the largest district ever formed in the US., the San Francisco Tourism Improvement District, an initiative of the San Francisco Convention and Visitors Bureau. In 2009 the new SF TID had revenues of $27,000,000.

District Formation Services include:

  • Investigation of special-benefit districts to fund special services over and above those provided by the local government;
  • Formation of the special-benefit district based upon wide ranging community support;
  • Incorporation of the new district management corporation;
  • Interim management for the new district management corporation;
  • Establishment of a new sub-committee structures for the management corporation.

District Management Corporation Consulting Services

New City America excels in creating effective district management corporations, developing effective decision-making procedures and creating efficient sub-committee structures to facilitate the work of the district management corporations. Our staff can manage dynamic business associations with skills that include marketing and business promotion; community relations; board and organizational development; crime prevention programs, budget development and personnel relations.  We specialize in devising financing mechanisms that sustain Destination Management Organizations and Visitors Bureaus, to replace cutbacks in public support for their activities. Our consulting services, which can be provided on a month-to-month or on an annual retainer basis, include the following:

  • Analysis of the governance and effectiveness of the Board of Directors;
  • Provision of interim district management services prior to staff selection;
  • Analysis of existing and recommendations for new sub-committee structures;
  • Analysis of the district budget and its compliance with the district management plan;
  • Review and recommend the prioritization of work based upon District resources;
  • Analysis of a business district’s tangible attributes and limitations;
  • Creation of a business district conceptual plan;
  • Conflict resolution between public entities and private business groups;
  • Management of property-owner database and annual assessment data updates;
  • Mapping of various blocks and the assessments that they generate;
  • Monthly accounting and reporting to Board, required activity reports to City agencies;
  • Banner and Logo Design unique to the district;
  • CMS Web Updates and E-Newsletters;
  • Brochures Design and Production;
  • Gateway and Landmark Sign conceptual design and placement.

Public Space Development

New City America is a recognized national leader in the creation of cost-effective public spaces in the public rights-of-way, sustained by assessment districts which provide funding to maintain those spaces. We have fine-tuned the activation of several public spaces and overseen their maintenance and integration into their communities. Expanding from our extensive experience in both managing districts and developing dynamic public spaces, a new division of the company called New City Public Spaces has been created.

We understand that developing innovative and dynamic public spaces can be as effective as events, logos or banners for marketing and branding a district. Good public spaces attract people and “people go where people go”. NCA uses state-of-the-art techniques in branding areas with historic markers, beautification programs, outdoor seating, and banner programs unique to an area’s identity. Some of the services and products provided by New City Public Spaces, which may include maintenance employees, also include the following:

  • Research for ideal public-seating locations
  • Public space design and development
  • Sidewalk sweeping
  • Steam Cleaning
  • Graffiti Removal
  • Installation and Maintenance of Trash Receptacles
  • Recycling Programs
  • Landscaping and Beautification Programs
  • Mapping Design- street lights, trees, trash receptacles
  • Design and fabrication of street amenities