About the DAA
The Downtown Austin Alliance is a partnership of individuals and businesses devoted to preserving and enhancing the value and vitality of downtown Austin. We work with property owners, residents, business owners, community organizations and government officials to advance our collective vision for the future of downtown.
Our Vision for Downtown
Downtown Austin is the heart and soul of Central Texas. It is a welcoming community and a vibrant neighborhood for all. Downtown is our area’s cultural hub and a thriving business, government and residential center. The area is easy to reach and enticing to explore – a place where nature’s beauty beckons. It is a prosperous place that is both economically and environmentally sustainable.
Our History: Defining Downtown
In 1993, the City Council approved a Public Improvement District (PID) to address the unique needs of Downtown Austin. The DAA’s primary funding source comes from a special assessment on privately owned, large properties (over $500,000) within this PID. In 2012, the Austin City Council renewed the PID for a 10-year term.
We use this revenue to provide direct services supporting downtown’s safety and cleanliness. And we work as a full-time advocate for downtown through dozens of programs and initiatives that increase downtown’s appeal and economic health.
Austin Downtown Improvement District (PID)