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For more than 25 years, we have been committed to the economic prosperity of downtown Austin. We use our expertise to ensure downtown continues to grow and thrive while serving Austin’s two million residents and 27 million annual visitors.  

In addition to being the bustling heart of the city, downtown plays a critical role in our region’s economy. Our urban core experienced growth in nearly every sector in 2019 – including a record high development pipeline, with 20 projects under construction and another 19 planned. Things changed quickly in early 2020 as a global pandemic dramatically changed the city’s vibrant landscape. 

Our State of Downtown 2020 report demonstrates the incredible position of strength in which we entered the decade and will serve as a gold standard of what we can be. As we turn our efforts to recovery, our upcoming research projects will provide vital information to aid in recovery and advocacy efforts moving forward. 

State of Downtown 2020

Austin has enjoyed remarkable growth for many years now, and 2019 was no exception. Our second-annual State of Downtown report is a market snapshot illustrating the central role downtown plays as Austin's economic, governmental and cultural center.

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Future of Downtown Video

Hear how the pandemic has impacted downtown and what the Downtown Austin Alliance is doing to support the response, recovery, and resilience of our urban core. Watch our special video program, The Future of Downtown Austin.

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State of Downtown 2019

Our State of Downtown report presents 2017-2018 data gathered and analyzed by the Downtown Austin Alliance research team. This snapshot highlights key market indicators in one easy-to-absorb economic, governmental, and business report.

Downtown Small Business Impact Survey

We surveyed the downtown business community to evaluate current and future levels of economic impact due to COVID-19. Respondents were asked how they are adapting and what, if any, aid they are receiving. Here is what we found.

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Emerging Projects

Discover prominent projects in planning or under construction in and around downtown Austin.

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Office Market

Downtown has the highest concentration of Class A office space of any submarket in Austin. Due to the advantages of being located in downtown, newly completed office space is often pre-leased before construction is finished. We anticipate these trends continuing.

Market Data

Employment and Talent

With an active lifestyle, energy and amazing culture, Austin has no problem recruiting talented individuals. We have more jobs available than our local population can fill.

Downtown Austin Profile

Housing & Residents

Downtown has become an increasingly attractive place to live. With its access to outdoor recreation, live music, and unique dining experiences, as well as close proximity to top Austin employers, living downtown is highly desirable.

Downtown Austin Profile

Hotel, Culture & Entertainment

Travelers seeking good food, unique experiences and legendary live music flock to Austin. Downtown is often the home-base for our welcomed guests with luxury hotels, live music and fantastic shopping.

Market Data

Restaurants & Retail

As downtown has grown into distinct corridors, it's the retail and restaurant offerings that give each area of downtown its unique personality. Shop on Second Street, have a cocktail on Sixth Street, dance on Fourth Street, and more.

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Connectivity & Access

There is positive momentum toward building better access to the urban core for all modes of transportation. Our focus on mobility and movability has resulted in urban initiatives that are making a difference.

Mobility Snapshot

Public Space

Great public spaces increase the appeal, livability and economic vitality of urban places. Austinites love to be outside, in the mix, gathering together to celebrate life in this great city.

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