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and our beautiful Victorian National Historic District

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Gaslamp Quarter Association Board of Directors & Staff:
> Board of Directors & Staff

Committees, Meetings, Chairs & Schedules:
> Committees and Meetings

Gaslamp Business District Merchant Resources
> Merchant Resources

GQA Annual Report:
> Annual Report



Are you interested in serving on the Gaslamp Quarter Association (GQA) Board of Directors? Applications are being accepted by the GQA Nominations Committee for the FY16 Board of Directors Election now through Friday, April 17, 2015.

Qualified candidates for nomination to the GQA Board of Directors to serve a two-year term from July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2017 must be a GQA member business or Associate Member in good standing, and submit a completed Board application (linked below) and either a current resume or professional summary via fax, email or mail NO LATER THAN FRIDAY, APRIL 17, 2015 AT 5:00PM PST to:

Gaslamp Quarter Association
Attn: GQA Nominations Committee
614 Fifth Avenue, Suite E
San Diego, CA 92101
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fax (619) 233-4693

Current active participation on a GQA Committee (including Event Development, Hospitality, and/or Special Events) or task force is preferred, but not required. Interested candidates should be prepared to participate in an interview with the GQA Nominations Committee on or around Monday, April 27, 2015 (specific interview dates/times will be finalized with individual candidates following the Friday, April 17, 2015 deadline).

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE APPLICATION & INSTRUCTIONS IN FILLABLE PDF FORM or use this link with your internet browser: http://www.gaslamplocal.com/documents/GQA-Biz/BOARD/GQABoardApplication.pdf
(Don’t have a PDF reader? Call the GQA office at (619) 233-5227 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for a version of the Board application in Word doc format.)

Questions? Contact GQA Communication Director Brandy Shimabukuro at (619) 233-5227 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Gaslamp Quarter Association  

About the GQA

The Gaslamp Quarter Association (GQA) is an Entertainment Destination, a National Historic District and a Business Improvement District (BID). The Official boundary is the east side of 4th Avenue, 5th Avenue and the west side of 6th Avenue, between Harbor Drive and Broadway. This 16 and one half block area was designated as a National Historic District in the 1980's. Noted as the premiere destination in Southern California for Dining, Shopping and Entertainment, this area has 150 Restaurants, Nightclubs, Lounges and Sports Bars along with another 80 shops & boutiques and 20+ hotels. There are also hundreds of professional and personal service providers within our mixed use buildings. More than 90 of these buildings have historic significance for their gorgeous Victorian architecture.

Businesses located within the Gaslamp Quarter National Historic District are automatically members of the Business Improvement District.  An assessment is levied annually on Business Tax Licenses by the City of San Diego to fund the BID. The GQA represents more than 400 businesses.  Businesses outside the boundary may be eligible for

About the Gaslamp Quarter

Primary Benefits of GQA Membership:

#1 - Listing as a GQA business
. The GQA uses websites, social media, printed maps and directory kiosks to define our membership to interested parties. Map & Directory listings are limited to street level merchants only, as well as locations within one adjacent block of the footprint of National Historic District. 

           > We request that businesses opt-in and provide us with consistent information and feedback for expanded listings and additional coverage.

#2 – Information services. GQA provides newsletters, meetings and special forums to provide your staff with key information on downtown San Diego. We also work with many critical community partners to help your staff obtain community news easily from multiple sources.

           > We request you keep accurate contact information with our office to facilitate communication

#3 - Opportunity to participate in the Gaslamp Quarter Association special events, promotions and other cooperative marketing, advertising and media opportunities.

          > All programming requires your opt-in.  All available participation opportunities will require follow-up from your staff. Sign-up forms are usually required.

#4.  Discounted Advertising Rates on Gaslamp websites, flyers and collateral materials.

           > Save when you advertise with us and support your business community! Our reasonable rates reflect our non-profit status and funds invested into the GQA support the continuing improvement of the business district for your added benefit.

#5 Members may serve
on GQA Committees and Board of Directors.

     > Our most active business partners garner the most benefit from working with us.  You are asked to choose at least one committee to have a member of your staff participate on and they should assist at least one task force per year to maximize that committee’s effectiveness. Members that participate regularly for a period of at least 6 months may become eligible for the GQA Board of Directors. Board members are the key volunteers that govern the district and choose future direction of the organization.


About the Gaslamp Quarter

Associate Membership

Businesses outside the boundary may be eligible for Associate membership. Applications are reviewed by the GQA Board of Directors once a month and must be approved by a vote. Associate Membership is designed for businesses located outside the Gaslamp Quarter boundaries that have a vested interest in business happenings within the Gaslamp. There are significant geographic restrictions on eligibility for street level businesses that rely on walk-in businesses. The GQA will not direct visitors out of the district for dining, shopping or entertainment offerings, so those types of businesses must be within one adjacent block to be approved.

Annual Fee StructureWe bill annually, at the beginning of the Fiscal Year.

Non-Gaslamp, For profit Businesses:
1-9 employees= $275, 10-50 employees =$550, 51-75 employees =$900, 76+ employees= $1200 annually

Gaslamp Quarter residents -$150
Gaslamp Quarter Property Owners - $500
Not for profit businesses - $250 waiver available, please request in writing.


Contact us if you'd prefer the membership form emailed or faxed directly to you > 619.233.5227

About the Gaslamp Quarter
About Us

> The Gaslamp Quarter Association

The GQA is a non-profit 501C(6) organization established by City of San Diego Ordinance No. 15647 on January 4, 1982. .  The City of San Diego contracts and audits the Gaslamp Quarter Association annually.  We are partially funded by the City of San Diego's Small Business Enhancement program. The Mission of the Gaslamp Quarter Association is to promote and protect the historic Gaslamp Quarter as San Diego’s premiere Shopping, Dining and Entertainment District, using advocacy, community relations and promotional programs to present an exciting, sophisticated, world-class destination for the residents of, and visitors to San Diego, for the prosperity of the Association’s membership.

The Gaslamp Quarter Association has an elected Board of Directors that represents the interest of the area.  Additionally, the GQA has an Executive Director and two full-time staff members to administer the Gaslamp Quarter Association programs and several consultants working on special projects. Click on the links below for official Gaslamp Quarter Association documents.

GQA Board of Directors
GQA Bylaws (Updated and Adopted April 24, 2013)
GQA FY13 Annual Report
GQA FY14 Audit (Financial Statement)

>The Gaslamp Quarter Association – National Historic District

The businesses of the Gaslamp Quarter are required to comply with the Municipal Code of the City of San Diego and the Planned District Ordinance (PDO) for the National Historic District. This additional set of regulations is intended to protect the integrity of the district's historic status. No one should make any changes to the exterior of historic buildings without referencing the PDO and Gaslamp Quarter Design Guidelines. Civic San Diego will assist you in defining or interpreting the code in terms of all exterior aspects: Door and window types, paint colors, signage, patio railing and lighting. The City of San Diego Neighborhood Code and Compliance will enforce all regulations.

Regulatory/Planning Documents for Downtown San Diego and the Gaslamp Quarter on CivicSD.com

> The Gaslamp Quarter Association - Business Improvement District

San Diego has a network of 16 Business Improvement Districts called the BID Council. This unique network provides a connecting voice for the thousands of small businesses that unite through this collaboration.  The goal is to work together to improve the physical, social, and economic environments of San Diego's small businesses


> The Gaslamp Quarter Historical Foundation is a partner organization here in the district. They run the William Heath Davis House museum and gift shop. Their organization focuses on illustrating and preserving the stories associated with our colorful history. 



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