The JCBD is an assessment district designed to improve and convey special benefits to properties within the central business district of Japantown. The JCBD was established in 2017 pursuant to the state law; the “Property and Business Improvement District Law of 1994”, as amended and augmented by Article 15 of the San Francisco Business and Tax Regulations Code. To guide the JCBD for the next 10 years, a JCBD steering committee and the Japantown Task Force (JTF) developed a Management Plan that responds to today’s market opportunities and district challenges. The JCBD provides new improvements and activities, including environmental and economic enhancements. Each activity is designed to meet the goals of the JCBD; to improve the appearance and safety, to increase building occupancy and lease rates, to encourage new business development and attract ancillary businesses and services. The JCBD provides funding for enhanced maintenance, safety, beautification and marketing programs.