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Downtown St. John’s – formally known as the Downtown Development Commission – is a Business Improvement Area (BIA) association.
Downtown St. John’s projects, programs & initiatives are driven by the key pillars – Beautification; Special Events planning & support; and the Promotion of the commercial core.
The mandate of Downtown St. John’s is to make the downtown core a more attractive place to live, work, shop, and visit while preserving and enhancing downtown as the dominant commercial centre of St. John’s. We strive to recognize the important balance between the office, retail, hotel, service, and industrial sectors of the area while working to preserve its historic and traditional character. A volunteer board consisting of business owners from our membership directs the activities of the organization to ensure they adhere to our mandate and the board is assisted by our full-time staff.