Downtown offers the best of Austin, amplified. This is where creativity and ingenuity meet to deliver the latest foodie hotspots, legendary live music venues, one-of-a-kind shops, and year-round outdoor fun. Rock out or relax – it’s your call. LET’S GO


Downtown is the epicenter of Austin’s 24/7 idea exchange. This is where enterprises headquarter and entrepreneurs incubate, all harnessing our city’s incredible talent pool, business-friendly infrastructure and uniquely collaborative culture. LET’S GO


Downtown Austin offers residences to suit any style, whether you’re renting or putting down roots. This is where city excitement meets creature comforts – your walkable new neighborhood puts both nightly entertainment and daily essentials within easy reach.LET’S GO


Public Policy

Keeping our competitive advantage.

The DAA advocates for policy that enhances our economic prosperity.


What We Do


Our activities include:

  • Presenting our members’ viewpoints at City Council meetings and other public forums.
  • Bringing disparate groups together to develop solutions to downtown challenges.
  • Participating in long-range planning efforts to shape downtown’s growth and infrastructure.
  • Asking for specific policy or infrastructure changes.
  • Surveying our membership to understand their needs.
  • Providing our members with opportunities to express their opinions constructively.
  • Working over years and even decades to keep important projects on our collective agenda and moving forward toward completion.


Recent and Ongoing Issues


2012 Bond Election

Before each bond election, the DAA board considers input from members before finalizing the list of projects to support on their behalf. By participating in the City’s public process, the DAA is able to help move them forward toward adoption. For the November 2012 bond election, the City Council included most of DAA’s priority projects. Download this letter and white paper to learn more about the DAA's position on the 2012 Bond Election.

project connect

Project Connect is the vision for Central Texas’ high-capacity transit system. Linking activity centers within the fastest growing region in the country, Project Connect aims to connect people, places and opportunities in an easy, efficient way. Our vision unites efforts to develop the best solutions for getting around Central Texas and addressing our growth challenges. The Central Corridor Study of Project Connect focuses on how downtown, the Capitol Complex, and the University of Texas connect to other areas of central Austin, loosely bounded by Ranch-to-Market 2222 to the North, Oltorf to the South, Springdale/Grove to the East and MoPac to the West.


permanent supportive housing for the chronically homeless

We’ve committed financial support and ongoing expertise toward projects that will create low barrier, housing first permanent supportive housing for the city’s chronically homeless population. DAA successfully advocated for any affordable housing fees generated by the Downtown Density Bonus Program to be dedicated to permanent supportive housing and continues to advocate for City investment to house this population using a significant portion of the $65 million approved by the voters in general obligation bonds for affordable housing.

Pop-Up Stores

In 2012, we worked with Mayor Pro Tem Sheryl Cole’s office to amend the land development code to allow for temporary pop-up stores.




Wayfinding system

Based on input from a DAA-led task force, the City of Austin hired a consultant to develop a downtown wayfinding system. We continue to monitor progress and advocate for a timely implementation.