Westfield, Massachusetts, with a population of 40,072 is a community rich in history and culture. Nestled at the “foothills of the Berkshires” our beautiful city provides the unique opportunity to experience both an urban and rural feel.
In 2004, the process to evaluate the feasibility and interest in establishing a Business Improvement District in Westfield was initiated by the Westfield Chamber of Commerce. Working with individuals and small groups of property owners, tenants, nonprofits and other stakeholders; program priorities and a business plan were developed. The plan included the proposed boundaries, memorandum of understanding and a baseline of services, an operational budget, fee structure, benchmarks and a management structure.
In June of 2006, the Westfield City Council through the enabling legislation, Mass General Law.c.40O, voted to establish the Westfield Business Improvement District (WBID). The first Annual meeting was held in September of 2006 and the Board of Directors was formed. The first billing was done in January 2007 and the first program services were delivered in March 2007.
The Westfield Business Improvement District (“WBID”) is proud to be the “third” BID in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The WBID is a private nonprofit 501 (c) (6) organization governed by a 15 member Board of Directors.
The Westfield Business Improvement District (“WBID”) will provide a comprehensive supplemental package of programs and services that will create a clean, attractive, safe, well programmed and aggressively promoted location in which to live, conduct business, shop and visit.
Board of Directors and Officers of
Westfield Business Improvement District, Inc.
(Elected at Annual Meeting 9/26/2012)
For terms of one (1) year each:
Chair: David C. Colton, Jr. (term to expire on 9/26/2013)
Vice Chair: Frank Horrigan, MD (term to expire on 9/26/2013)
Treasurer: Ted Cassell (term to expire on 9/26/2013)
Clerk: Michael Roundy (term to expire on 9/26/2013)
Kathryn Bradford (term to expire on 9/26/2015)
(Representing Westfield State College)
John Bonavita (term to expire on 9/15/2013)
(Representing Tavern Restaurant, 1 Broad Street
Kevin O’Conner (term to expire on 9/26/2013)
(Representing Westfield Bank, 141 Elm Street)
Gerry Tomasko (term to expire on 9/15/2013)
(Representing Westfield Gas & Electric, 100 Elm Street)
Ann Callahan (term to expire on 9/21/2014)
(Representing Falcone Retail Property, 24 Main St.)
Chris Lindquist (term to expire on 9/16/2015)
(Representing the Westfield Athenaeum, 6 Elm Street)
Philip Smith (term to expire on 9/21/2014)
(Representing properties owned by the City of Westfield)
Christine Roncolato (term to expire on 9/26/2015)
(Representing Lydia’s Gathering Place, 51 Court Street)
Prabodh Reshamwala (term to expire on 9/26/2015)
(Representing Mina’s Wine & Spirits, 53 Elm Street)
Phyllis Pomeroy (9/15/2013)
(Representing Residents of the District)