About Ballston

Creating one of the greatest
downtowns in the United States

The Ballston Business Improvement District (BID) is a 25-block neighborhood of commercial and residential properties. With over 8.3 million square feet of office space, 1 million square feet of retail space and 8,000 residential units, Ballston offers a range of market-rate options.

As a newly formed BID in Arlington it is our goal to make Ballston a foremost business, cultural and entertainment destination. It is our blend of urban sophistication and neighborhood charm that is unique to this region, boasting top universities, Fortune 500 companies, the Washington Capitals office and practice facility, and many research organizations nestled by upscale hotels, retail, green space and restaurants; all easily accessible by metro and major thoroughfares.


The Ballston Business Improvement (BID) will imagine and implement innovative programs, partnerships and collaborations that bring people together create a sense of community and strengthen the economic vitality of our businesses and commercial partners in Ballston.


Our vision for Ballston is to create a leading business district that attracts, supports and connects the most creative, compelling and ambitious minds in the region.


1. Focus on creating innovative and dynamic opportunities for learning, networking and collaboration.
2. To leverage the unique combination of research, education, non-profit and corporate organizations in the Ballston area.
3. To continue with our focused and impactful placemaking efforts that over time will transform Ballston into a unique, amenity-rich destination with a strong sense of community.


Tina Leone

Tina Leone


T: 703.664.1192


Catherine Roper

Catherine Roper

Chief Marketing Officer

T: 703.664.1193


Allie Krafft

Allie Krafft

Communications Manager

T: 703.664.1195


Samantha Baker

Samantha Baker

Operations Manager

T: 703.664.1194


Board Members

Board Members


Jill Goubeaux

Senior Vice President,

The JBG Companies

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Vice President

Martin Schnider


Fred Schnider Company

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Vice President

Bob Wiberg

Executive Vice President

Mid-Atlantic Region,

Piedmont Office Realty Trust

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Vice President

John Moore

Eastern Regional

Vice President Operations,

Forest City

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Karen Jennings

Senior Property Manager,

Newmark Grubb Knight Frank

(Representing Perseus Realty, LLC).

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Dustin Young

Senior Director Finance & Budget,


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Bethany Allen

Vice President,

Mounment Realty

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Morgan Blackwood-Patel

Vice President of Asset Management,

The Meridian Group

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Craig Carey


Big Buns

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Shannon Flanagan-Watson

Assistant County Manager,

Arlington County

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Ray Green

General Manager,

Hilton Arlington

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Mike Hutchinson

Vice President of Marketing,

Washington Capitals

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Clark Maier

Director of Real Estate & Operations,


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Karen May

Vice President,

Washington Capitol Partners, LLC

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Tilghman Morton

Asset Manager,


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Larry Nixon


Nixon & Vanderhye, P.C.

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James Ryerson

Dean - School of Business Administration,

Marymount University

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Kelly Shooshan

Vice President,

The Shooshan Company, LLC

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Larry Smith

Bluemont Civic Association

Civic Association

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Nick Stone

Deputy Director, NCRO

Virginia Tech,

Research Center - Arlington

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Allyson Ugarte

Ballston - VA Square Civic Association

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AED Liason

Karen Vasquez


Strategic Partnerships & Initiatives,

Arlington Economic Development

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Steve Yeager

Director of Acquisitions

Jamestown, L.P.

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Q: What is BID?

A: A business improvement district is a public/private partnership in which property and business owners contribute to the maintenance, development and promotion of a commercial district.

Q: Why are BID's so important to the communities they serve?

A: BIDs provide services, such as cleaning streets, providing security, making capital improvements, construction of pedestrian and streetscape enhancements, and marketing the area. While a city or county government focuses on the entire area, a BID allows a concentrated effort on improving a neighborhood.

Q: Who funds the Ballston BID?

A: The commercial property owners within the Ballston area have a separate and additional tax rate, of 0.045 cents per $100 of assessed value, to fund the BID’s programs like transportation enhancements, management, and marketing and branding.

Q: What does the Ballston BID do?

A: The BID plays a major role in creating a place and an identity while promoting Ballston as an attractive, dynamic, and successful urban center.

Q: Why is Ballston considered a science and technology hub?

A: Ballston is the epicenter of innovation with the National Science Foundation, DARPA, Accenture, Applied Predictive Technologies, CACI, the Office of Naval Research, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research and Homeland Security Advanced Research Projects Agency all calling Ballston home.

Q: Is there an educational presence in Ballston?

A: Ballston has many higher education opportunities to offer, including programs from Marymount University, Virginia Tech, George Washington University and George Mason University nearby.

Q: Is Ballston a city?

A: Ballston is an urban town, located within Arlington County, just outside Washington, D.C. at the end of the Wilson Blvd/Clarendon metro corridor.

Q: Where did the name Ballston come from?

A: Ballston is named after the Ball family, whose cemetery still lies in the area. The original name was Birch’s Crossroads and then became Ball’s Crossroads. By 1900, a village named Central Ballston had been developed.

Q: How do I get to Ballston?

A: Getting in and out of Ballston couldn’t be easier, with the Orange Line’s Ballston metro stop right in the center of the neighborhood, an exit right off I-66, 8 different metrobus routes, 7 ART routes, and 6 Capital Bikeshares.

Q: Who lives in Ballston?

A: The average person who lives in Ballston is a single college graduate under the age of 40, making around $125,000 a year.

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