Ballston Connect Podcast: APAH and Bridges to Independence

Published December 15, 2021

In this podcast, two of the community’s most impactful organizations, APAH and Bridges to Independence, share how they work to support our neighborhood, why their work is critical to the growth and development of communities across our region, and what are some of the ways they’ve navigated the pandemic…

You can listen to the full podcast, titled “Home For The Holidays”, at

About Ballston BID and the BallstonConnect Podcast:

As stated on their website,, “The Ballston Business Improvement District, or BID, is a 25-block area within the Ballston neighborhood comprised of both commercial and residential properties. The BID is funded by a special tax paid by commercial property owners within our set boundaries. That tax makes up the Ballston BID budget, and funds various projects to maintain Ballston as an ideal destination to live, work, shop, learn and play.”

Their vision “is to create a world-class urban neighborhood that fosters a strong sense of community.”

The values of the BID are:

  • Build partnerships
  • Evoke Emotion
  • Give back
  • Be transparent
  • Do amazing work
  • Foster relationship
  • Innovate

One of the many tools they use is their monthly podcast. Launched in February 2018, CEO Tina Leone hosts the “BallstonConnect Podcast” monthly, which focuses on the hyper-local with each episode featuring interviews with “Arlington’s brightest personalities.”


BallstonConnect Podcast. (2021). Ballston BID. Source: