About the DAA
The Downtown Austin Alliance is a partnership of downtown property owners, 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 downtown property owners petitioned the City of Austin to create a Public Improvement District (PID) to address the unique needs of Downtown Austin. The DAA’s primary funding source comes from this special assessment on privately owned, large properties (over $500,000) within this PID. In 2012, the PID was renewed 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 value and vitality.
Austin Downtown Improvement District (PID)