Downtown is fortunate to have many organizations that contribute to the excitement of the city’s center. In order to make a greater impact, the Downtown District, with support from the Houston Downtown Alliance and Houston First Corporation, has created a one-stop-shop for information on what to do and where to go in downtown Houston.
The Downtown District has been a major player in most of the public/private projects that have transformed downtown over the last decade. The District began its revitalization efforts in 1995 with five key goals in mind: accelerate the renewal of the city's urban core, with quality of life as the underlying theme: build a lasting constituency for downtown; recruit investors, retailers and tenants while retaining those already downtown; promote a vibrant and diverse downtown; and make downtown clean, safe and attractive.
A public entity and governed by a 30-person board of directors, property assessments within the downtown boundaries fund Downtown District initiatives for planning, public improvements and operations, marketing and promotions and business development.
Houston Downtown Alliance is a broad-based membership organization of individuals, businesses, arts and entertainment organizations dedicated to promoting, advocating and participating in a vital and vibrant downtown. As the parent organization to Houston’s Theater District, HDA facilitates the distribution of the Hotel Occupancy Taxes to the major tenants of the Theater District (Alley Theatre, HGO, Houston Symphony, Da Camera, Theatre Under the Stars, Society For the Performing Arts and Houston Ballet). HDA creates events and programs for the downtown community such as the Theater District Open House.
HDA is also home to the largest business networking young professionals group in the city, Emerging Leaders and the Houston Young People for the Arts, an arts advocacy group that introduces Houston's young art supporters to the Houston arts scene through various programming with other organizations.
Houston First is a local government corporation that generates the city’s economic growth through the business of conventions and the arts. Houston First is responsible for management and operation of more than 10 city-owned buildings and plazas, and underground and surface parking for nearly 7,000 vehicles. Facilities include Wortham Theater Center, George R. Brown Convention Center, Jones Hall, Miller Outdoor Theatre and the Hilton Americas-Houston.