The Downtown Austin Alliance and Foundation is at a critical turning point. As we approach our 30-year anniversary and create our next five-year strategic plan, our organization’s work must be responsive to the rapid evolution of the city around us. With downtown’s growth barely slowed by the pandemic and downtown activity quickly returning to 2019 levels, we are facing more opportunity in our organization than ever before. We’re providing more services to keep downtown welcoming, clean and safe. We’re key partners in once-in-a-lifetime infrastructure projects that will heal harm caused by past city planning policies that segregated communities of color to East Austin. We’re investing money in artists to keep our downtown active, vibrant and weird.
Surrounded by growth and transformation, our organization needs to remain grounded and focused. We’re putting down roots through a new strategic plan that will allow the Downtown Austin Alliance and Foundation to support our downtown through a new set of challenges, such as rising costs and preserving Austin’s unique character.
The work we do makes downtown Austin more vital and vibrant to our region. And because of it, our staff are recognized internationally as leaders in the place management industry. From the New York Times to presenting at the International Downtown Association conference, the Downtown Austin Alliance remains a thought leader and trailblazer among cities around the world.
As we continue to move forward, we’re taking the time to share with our community and reflect on how far we’ve come over the last six months. Starting with our PID renewal for another 10-year term, here are recent highlights of our organization’s latest achievements, advocacy and partnerships:
PID Reauthorized in June 2022
On Thursday, June 9, the Austin City Council unanimously passed a resolution to approve the Downtown Public Improvement District for another 10-year term. The Downtown Austin Alliance is now negotiating and executing a management contract with the city that will reflect our new PID boundary and go into effect on May 1, 2023.