About Us

The downtown webportal is an innovative partnership dedicated to promoting the vitality of Downtown Houston.

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 Theater District Houston 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.

Downtown District Brochure



Houston’s Theater District is an impressive cultural and entertainment center nestled in Downtown Houston. The District features nine world-renowned resident companies performing all of the major performing arts disciplines—opera, ballet, music and theater—a distinction that only five American cities can claim. Together with many smaller organizations, the resident companies perform in four venues: Jones Hall, Wortham Theater Center, Alley Theater and Hobby Center for the Performing Arts. 


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.