Main Street Hyannis has been named "Downtown of the Month" by International Downtown Association (IDA). In their announcement, IDA called Main Street in Hyannis "an interesting and eclectic all-American Main Street" acknowledging the hard work of the Hyannis Main Street Business Improvement District (HMSBID).
HMSBID was founded in 1999 and represents the 100+ "mom & pops" along the business center of Hyannis. The BID was started to bring about a "Hyannis Renaissance", according to the Mid Cape nonprofit's website and they have done just that.
While IDA lauds the arts, shopping, dining and entertainment in the area, it doesn't shy away from the challenges HMSBID has taken on. "Yet this stunning tourist destination also faces similar challenges to downtowns around the world. Faced with street people in the downtown area, the town and the BID have taken a progressive approach that is both inclusive and collaborative, working together to solve this issue."
According to IDA, HMSBID is one of only seven BIDs in the Commonwealth. There are more than a thousand BIDs in the United States, according to the HMSBID website. Last updated in 2013, HMSBID's Improvement Plan focuses on maintenance and street decor (weed and graffiti removal), business development, capital improvements (pedestrian-friendly walks and directional signs), government relations, marketing and programming and safety and security (Barnstable police substation). In an effort to draw visitors to Downtown Hyannis, the HMSBID launched the Shop Local and F.O.O.D. District (Fabulous Owner Operated Dining) campaigns and works with the Town of Barnstable to offer free shuttle service and special arts and cultural events in the summer months.