Named for the civic pioneers who made this their home today’s growing neighborhood of Bankers Hill has an influx of young professionals and emerging businesses melding into an established older community. The energy ignited through websites and social media allows more individuals to be a part of newly formed groups for businesses and residents.
Until the spring of 2011 Bankers Hill had no business association or active residents group. Happily, the void has been filled, and the community is making up for lost time with well-attended public meetings and block parties. A dynamic band of Bankers Hill business owners are in their fourth year of organization after receiving a grant from the city’s Business Improvement District (BID) Council. Working in conjunction with other BIDs allows many benefits from networking to financial support. Members of the new group meet on the third Tuesday of each month and are open to all Bankers Hill businesses. For details, including the location of the next meeting, visit BankersHillBusinessGroup.com.
At the same time, a volunteer group (with no funding or dues) established monthly meetings to share community information and give residents a voice in neighborhood decisions. The Bankers Hill Residents Group first held meetings at St. Paul’s Cathedral, but have changed location to the Indoor Sports Club, 3030 Front St.. The door opens at 6pm with meetings beginning at 6:30. Everyone is encouraged to attend and attain access to government reps before hearing interesting presentations. In its first year the residents’ organization created a Facebook page, a website (BankersHillCommunity.org) and worked together with the new Bankers Hill Parking Committee to outreach for pedestrian, bicycling and parking improvement solutions.
The parking committee holds public meetings on the first Mondays of the month at 5pm in the community room at Merrill Gardens, 2567 Second Avenue. This group represents the neighborhood on the board of the newly reformed Uptown Partnership (HQ9), now the Uptown Community Parking District. It is made up of business owners and residents who plan how to invest parking meter revenue back into the each neighborhood.
Wherever you live, please get involved in groups to make your community better!
The Bankers Hill Community Group is a 501(3) organization.*many thanks to Hillquest.com for this information