About The BID The Downtown Albany Business Improvement District ( BID ) is an independent, not-for-profit organization established in 1996. The organization partners with businesses, property owners, arts and cultural institutions, social service providers, government agencies and elected officials in a united effort to revitalize downtown Albany. The BID represents an area of approximately 50 square blocks. Click here for BID boundaries and membership addresses. The BID plays a vital role in business recruitment and retention, visual improvements and safety. To help promote downtown as a premier entertainment destination, the organization launched a new brand identity for the district in 2004: Downtown Albany: Worth Discovering Since 1609. Paying tribute to explorer Henry Hudson's historic landing, the brand helps spotlight downtown's great dining, performances and events and unites the marketing efforts of downtown stakeholders.