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Diners line up at food trucks along Wayne Street at last season's first Lunch on the Square at 1 Summit Square. The summer concert series is sponsored by the Downtown Improvement District.

Downtown agency works on reauthorization bid

The Downtown Improvement District’s board met today with an out-of-state consultant to prepare for its bid next year for reauthorization.

Board members voted last month to allocate $7,500 for a contract with Centro, a Denver consulting firm that specializes in downtowns.

The DID is a quasi-governmental agency created by state statute to promote, beautify and advocate for downtown Fort Wayne. The organization collects taxes from businesses that operate in a designated area.

A majority of ratepayers and City Council members must approve before the organization can be reauthorized. DID’s second 10-year charter expires at the end of 2015.

Board members believe that an outside perspective on DID’s performance and goals will help persuade any reluctant property owners or City Council members to support the organization’s renewal.

Jamie Licko, Centro’s founder and president, is a former executive director of the Cedar Rapids Downtown District and former associate for a national downtown and community development consulting group.

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