Biltmore nonprofit sets the stage for community preservation and leadership

The Biltmore brand of central Phoenix is growing thanks in part to the efforts of the Biltmore Area Partnership. (Photo credit: Skylar Clark)

The Biltmore brand of central Phoenix is growing thanks in part to the efforts of the Biltmore Area Partnership. (Photo credit: Skylar Clark)

Biltmore Area Partnership is a group of community leaders and commercial property and business owners who work with the city of Phoenix to better the community.

The partnership is responsible for the creation of designated pedestrian crosswalks, improving signage, upgrading streets and offering networking and marketing opportunities to local businesses as part of their mission to “protect, preserve and promote.”

“The Biltmore Area is an important business hub of the city, as well as an important residential and destination area for tourism. It is important to make sure the quality of life for businesses, residents and tourists is protected, preserved and promoted,” said Edward Rossi, the executive director of the Biltmore Area Partnership.

In an interview, Mr. Rossi explained how communities impact one another and how what happens in the Biltmore area affects Phoenix in the same way that what happens in Phoenix affects the Biltmore area.

The official physical boundaries for the Biltmore area range from Piestewa Peak Preserve and Campbell Road to 16th Street and 44th Street in Phoenix, according to the BAP website.

Twenty-one years ago the partnership was founded by business professionals and commercial property owners who called Phoenix home.

“The intent was that they would work with one another to guide appropriate development or redevelopment in the [Biltmore] area for the best interests of the community and the city,” said Mr. Rossi.

Today, the partnership is composed of 23 local business owners; primarily of restaurants, banks and hotels or real estate in the 85016 zip code. Some of which include, The Gladly, Arizona Biltmore Resort, FirstBank, and Seasons 52.

Each month BAP coordinates a networking luncheon for its members at a Biltmore area restaurant to discuss community events, news and policy while giving the business owners involved an opportunity to network and promote their product or business.

Individuals who live within the boundaries of the Biltmore area are welcome to apply for BAP membership at any time and non-members are invited to attend two monthly luncheons before becoming a member.

Along with monthly meetings, the partnership interacts with members through a monthly newsletter that includes a police update from the Mountain View Precinct, a public meetings update and local business deals and events. Members are encouraged to submit their own news to ensure each newsletter is up-to-date.

The next networking luncheon will be held on Tuesday, September 22, 2015 at Seasons 52 in the Biltmore Fashion Park, featuring Maricopa County Board Supervisor & CEO/President of the Arizona Restaurant Association, Steve Chucri as the keynote speaker.

Editor's Note: Ms. Clark is a student at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism.

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