The Downtown Alliance was formed in 2000 by a group of downtown business owners as a non-profit 501(c)(6) organization. During that time, downtown business owners operated in a very different downtown atmosphere. Businesses were not allowed to have merchandise, tables or chairs, or a sidewalk sign on the street. Businesses could not have signage on windows or their exterior that had letters larger than 8 inches. We had no say in how the municipal service district tax (MSD) money was spent, despite the fact that this revenue was drawn entirely from and additional property tax on downtown property owners. Out of this atmosphere, the DTA was formed for businesses to be able to speak with one voice rather than splintered chatter.
Over the years, the Downtown Alliance has racked up an impressive number of wins for Downtown. A few examples:
From 2015 – 2017, the major work of the DTA included partnering with the Arts Council to create an “Art and Entertainment” District, managed by what is now the Cool Spring Downtown District, a 501(c)(3) organization. We’re pleased to work in partnership with CSDD to build a stronger, better Downtown.