Area residents, business and property owners came together and voted to form a Business Improvement District and petitioned Metro Council to authorize the Gulch Business Improvement District (GBID) in 2006. This property based assessment fee serves the initiatives agreed to by the organizing property owners. The current GBID term is Jan 1, 2007 - December 31, 2016.
The GBID purpose is to focus additional services for the area. The most visible service is the Clean and Safe program. Employees of the Nashville Downtown Partnership are present in the neighborhood daily providing trash pick up and graffiti removal. In addition to Metro police officers patrolling the neighborhood, Nashville Downtown Partnership Ambassadors rotate on Segway through The Gulch. Requests for these services and more can be made online.
The GBID is also responsible for neighborhood marketing initiatives to support Gulch-based businesses.
Other GBID programs include additional landscaping and holiday decorations for the Gulch streetscape.
The GBID is governed by a volunteer board of directors elected by the property owners. The board members include residents, property owners, business owners and tenants.
The board has contracted with the Nashville Downtown Partnership for administrative service support and providing the Clean and Safe services for the neighborhood.