The Bristol Downtown Community Partnership (BDCP), a non-profit 501(c)(3), is a group of area business people, property owners and community members committed to increasing and maintaining the economic vitality of the Bristol downtown area and to organize and promote community events for Bristol citizens. We do this via beautification, marketing and economic development projects and programs. BDCP and its Board of Directors were created as part of the requirements to become a Vermont Designated Downtown, a status Bristol earned in 2006.
Predictions for the economy are finally looking brighter. In 2012, Bristol welcomed six new businesses to Main Street! Combined with the four that opened in 2011, we had 10 new businesses open in a two year period. That is nothing short of amazing! Four businesses did unfortunately close during that same two-year time frame, which leaves a net gain of six new business establishments – still quite amazing and unusual in this challenged economy. From a high of eight vacancies on Main Street, we are down to three. This trend is good reason to be optimistic.
BDCP is constantly working to provide proactive, cooperative action within the downtown area to help Bristol stay strong. We worked closely with most of these new businesses before they opened and all of them after opening by helping them access necessary resources, stretch their advertising dollars, plan promotions to increase foot traffic and assist in any way that is needed. These entrepreneurs chose Bristol to establish their new business because they believed in the economic potential of Bristol and understood the advantages of having an organization like BDCP working continuously for their benefit to ensure their success.
In 2012, BDCP launched several new initiatives, such as,
- Beautiful flower baskets on Main Street lampposts
- The Halloween Hustle, a 5K race in costume
- A Shop Small campaign to encourage area residents to shop locally
- Began planning grant-funded improvements to the town green
- Secured a grant to improve several crosswalks in the downtown area
In 2012, BDCP also brought you Maple Magic, Pocock Rocks Music Festival and Street Fair, Harvest Festival Sidewalk Sale and Cool Yule. We produced and distributed the 2012 Bristol Coupon Pack, expanded the number of businesses accepting Bristol Bucks, continued work on the Prince Lane Project, and surveyed downtown businesses to monitor sales trends. We expanded our website www.discoverbristolvt.com, adding more listings to the businesses directory, calendar of events and other useful information. This website is designed to be the place to go to find things to do and places to shop, dine and have fun in Bristol.
We welcome your input, your involvement and your enthusiasm. Bristol is a wonderful, energetic community with an active downtown. BDCP’s goal is to help Bristol’s businesses not only survive, but also grow stronger during the current economic challenges, while providing enjoyable, family-friendly activities and affordable shopping experiences in the downtown for the entire community.