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John Lambeth and his team at Civitas are the “go to” people for creating marketing districts. Their knowledge and professionalism not only made this complicated process easier to maneuver, they were instrumental in helping us achieve success in creating our district.
Leslee GaulVisit Oceanside Conference & Visitors Bureau, CEO and President
The Santa Ynez Valley Hotel Association worked closely with the staff of Civitas to establish the first TBID in Santa Barbara County. We found John and his staff to be knowledgeable and efficient, working within our budget and timeline, always with integrity and patience. Their extensive TBID experience throughout the state, and their ability to work directly with city and county governments, gave our hoteliers confidence that the TBID we crafted together would meet our needs.
Bill Phelps, GM and Mary Harris, Executive Director, SYV Hotel AssociationHadsten House, President, SYV Hotel Association
While the incorporation process can be done internally, retaining Civitas Advisors to facilitate our incorporation needs provided assurances and peace of mind. Their understanding of tourism improvement districts also provided clear communication and efficiency with the application process.
Todd LittleExecutive Director, Coronado Tourism Improvement District
As a development partner with the City of Vallejo and member of the downtown PBID Steering Committee, I had the pleasure of working with John while he guided us through a successful and challenging PBID renewal. This required great patience, diplomacy and communication skills in dealing with many personalities as well as sensitive issues. John’s personable nature contributed to property owners being willing to trust his advice while he educated us through some difficult decisions.
Kelly StaplesCity of Vallejo, Downtown Vallejo PBID
I’m very happy with this hire and the intense process Civitas us with in the hiring process, I really feel comfortable with the process and the results we achieved…thank you so much. Hiring Byron is the best thing I’ve done in 2 terms as President of Walnut Creek Downtown. In 6 months he has accomplished more than I could ever have hoped for and he is taking our organization to a new level. And since Byron has taken charge and ownership of everything from our board meetings to staffing, it has taken a huge load off my shoulders and I can focus on my day job!
Brian HiraharaChairman, Downtown Walnut Creek - Executive Director, Downtown Walnut Creek
Civitas is a thoroughly professional organization; responsive, sound analysis, and attention to detail and process. Their good work was a major factor in the successful formation of the La Jolla Maintenance Assessment District.
Joe LaCavaEnhance La Jolla Maintenance Assessment District
After years of advocating for the formation of a Wine County Lodging District in Riverside County with partners Civitas, in September 2016 Temecula Valley Wine Country Lodging District was passed with a 5-0 vote which includes lodging and vacation rentals. The new lodging partners in Temecula Valley Wine Country have been anxiously awaiting the opportunity to be included in Visit Temecula Valley’s City marketing efforts. Visit Temecula received over 90 percent approval from wine country lodging partners prior to Riverside County voting. This partnership will provide Temecula Valley a stronger message, a broader reach and much needed lodging inventory for visitors from its drive market to global travelers. Temecula Valley’s 2015 travel spend generated $696 Million up 11.2% in ten years, supporting over 7,300 jobs hosting over 2.7 Million annually visitors. The newly formed district will increase the Visit Temecula Valley Marketing budget to over $2.5 Million annually. Thank you John Lambeth, Gina Trechter and the Civitas Team for your hard work and dedication supporting Rural California!
Kim AdamsFounding President & CEO, Visit Temecula Valley
Visit Vacaville had the pleasure of working with Civitas on our recent TBID conversion. Often, conversions can be a challenging endeavor, but Civitas helped make the experience painless. They went above and beyond to make sure the transition was seamless. We look forward to working with them on future renewals.
Melyssa LaughlinPresident & CEO, Visit Vacaville
For over 20 years Benicia businesses located in our downtown attempted to form a business improvement district, failing at that endeavor on three separate occasions. In was not until 2012 with the guidance of Civitas that Benicia was able to finally create a BID creating a district improved by the installation of decorative tree lights. Civitas literally illuminated our downtown.
Mario GiulianiDeputy City Manager and Economic Development Manager, City of Benicia