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There is absolutely no way our legislators, our government officials in the local area would have even understood the mechanisms of what a TID can do and how you can implement a TID with existing laws in your state or in your region. Civitas was able to provide the roadmap for us and enabled us to make this happen.
Kevin KanePresident & CEO, Memphis Convention & Visitors Bureau
Working with Civitas was absolutely fantastic. I like to think of the process of setting up a TID as a marathon, there is going to be a lot of steps along the way, but with Civitas by your side from the very beginning , whether it’s working with stakeholders or meeting with the counsel members or going to the meetings, they literally walk you through step by step. So, I’ll be honest, when it was over I kind of missed them.
Susie SantoPresident & CEO, Visit Wichita
Civitas can talk to city staff, they can talk to city counsel, and they can obviously talk to the hospitality community and be able to relate to them and give them some assurance that what they are doing is a real step forward in making their communities more economically viable. They’re isn’t anybody out there that has that kind of talent and relationship skills that John Lambeth and Civitas possesses.
Gary SherwinPresident & CEO, Newport Beach and Company
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
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
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
I’m very happy with this hire and the intense process Civitas provided 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
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
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
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 GaulPresident & CEO, Visit Oceanside Conference & Visitors Bureau
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
The Siskiyou TBID is a perfect example of a successful economic development sector strategy. For years, tourism stakeholders struggled to work together to promote tourism across the county. They lacked leadership, sustainable funding, and a cohesive vision. The lodging properties and ski park petitioned to approve the TBID in 2015 and it has since proven to successfully unify stakeholders with a collaborative mission and vision. Direct travel spending has increased almost 13 million dollars since the inception of the district and Siskiyou is well positioned to see continued growth in the coming years.
Niki BrownProgram Manager, Discover Siskiyou