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Over the past year, Downtown Alliance has hosted relevant                     programming in an effort to educate our memb...
Downtown Alliance’s annual educational and fun-filled walking tourprovides a first-hand glimpse into downtown’s neighborho...
Initiated in 1998, this luncheon series features presentations from the most successfuldowntown initiatives and revitaliza...
Each year, Downtown Alliance recognizes those who have made a significant                                  contribution to...
The Downtown Alliance has held successful golf tournaments for the last fourteen             years. Each year, a portion o...
In February 2012, Mayor Julian Castro, District 1 Councilman Diego Bernal,and Jim Mery, interim director for the downtown ...
“To be a first rate San Antonio, this city needs to better attract and retain youngprofessionals. In the desirability race...
Centro San Antonio helps accommodate downtown’s growing residentialpopulation, enhance its office and retail market, and p...
883,072                 downtown guests, office workers and                        residents assisted                     ...
In the recent SA2020 planning process, a vision for downtown wascreated – “In 2020, downtown is the heart of San Antonio a...
At the Downtown Alliance Annual Meeting in 2009, Mayor Julian Castro                 declared this the “decade of downtown...
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  1. 1. Over the past year, Downtown Alliance has hosted relevant programming in an effort to educate our membership, as well Table of Contents as others, on the developments within the center city and the possibilities for its future. Our standard annual events – the Downtown Alliance......................................................................................................................3 Urban Spaces Tour, Urban Renaissance Luncheons, the Urban Spaces Tour.................................................................................................................3 Downtown’s BEST Awards and the Downtown Golf Tournament Urban Renaissance.................................................................................................................5 – experienced record attendance and continue to be favorites for both learning and networking. We also added two new programs BEST Awards...........................................................................................................................7 this past year – Live Centro and the Downtown Alliance Young Golf Tournament....................................................................................................................9 Professionals – both of which will provide education and support for two key downtown issues, residential development and Live Centro............................................................................................................................11 attracting and retaining young professionals. Young Professionals.............................................................................................................13 Centro San Antonio....................................................................................................................15 As we look forward to 2012-2013, we are preparing for what will be a critically significant year as we begin implementation of the Ambassador Amigos............................................................................................................16 Strategic Framework Plan for the Center City, which serves as a Maintenance Amigos...........................................................................................................16 road map for the growth and development of the center city over By the Numbers....................................................................................................................17 the next decade. Key to this plan was the passing of the 2012-2017 Bond Program that includes several projects that will improve parts Streetscaping Amigos...........................................................................................................18 of the center city. Special Projects and Capital Improvements.....................................................................18 In Spring 2012, the Boards of Directors of the four existing non- Centro Partnership......................................................................................................................19 profit organizations – Downtown Alliance, Centro Partnership, PR/Marketing...............................................................................................................................21Ben E. Brewer, III Centro San Antonio and the Downtown Community DevelopmentPresident Corporation – voted to adopt the Centro Collaborative as its organizational model that will serve as a consortium to improvecollaboration, communication and coordination on behalf of downtown and the CENTRO COLLABORATIVEcenter city. All will be served by a common staff in an agreement that delineates andstrengthens the unique services that each provides. The organizations will continue tooperate much as they always have but with greater efficiencies and collective muscle. CentralizedIn May 2012, SA2020 described the vision for downtown as being a “showcase Administrationfor visitors, a center of vibrant activity for citizens to live, work and play, and aneconomically inviting locale for businesses to flourish. Downtown’s historicbuildings and character are preserved, its parks and green spaces are inviting, andthe river continues to be treasured as its defining asset.” For over thirty years,Downtown Alliance has served as the voice of downtown business and is honored to DT Communitysupport the SA2020 vision of a downtown that is “everyone’s neighborhood.” Downtown Alliance 501(c)6 Centro Partnership 501(c)6 Centro SA (P.I.D.) 501(c)4 Development Corporation 501(c)3 ~ Programs & Advocacy ~ ~ Strategy & Policy ~ ~ Public Space Services ~ ~ Project Assistance ~Be Centro, ∙ Administration ∙ Public/Private ∙ Maintenance ∙ Grants ∙ Membership/Advocacy ∙ Strategic Vision ∙ PSR’s ∙ Donations (Land & $) ∙ Marketing/Communications ∙ Catalytic Projects ∙ Streetscaping ∙ Development ∙ Events/Education ∙ Recruitment/Retention ∙ Future Capital ImprovementsBen E. Brewer, III Event photography credits: Melissa Burnett, Greg Harrison, Ellie Leeper
  2. 2. Downtown Alliance’s annual educational and fun-filled walking tourprovides a first-hand glimpse into downtown’s neighborhood, showcasingexciting residential, commercial and cultural spaces in the center city. In2011, the Urban Spaces Tour explored the newly developed River Northcultural arts district on the north end of downtown.The 2011 Urban Spaces Tour included:• an Antonio Museum of Art, including a tour of the exhibit 5,000 Years S of Chinese Jade Featuring Selections from the National Museum of History, Taiwan and the Arthur M. Sackler Collection, Smithsonian Institution• Najim Campus Center at Providence College Preparatory School• VFW Post 76• Speegle apartment• 1221 Broadway, a mixed-use residential development project• Knapik apartment at the Pearl• Culinary Institute of America• Bike World Synergy Studio• Center for Architecture 4This year’s tour was sponsored by Peloton, the San Antonio River Authority,Broadway Bank, The Pearl, Jordan Construction and 1221 Broadway. Thetour was complemented by the fare of True Flavors at the opening receptionat the San Antonio Museum of Art, and Don Strange of Texas at the closingreception in the Center for Architecture at the Pearl. Refreshments wereprovided by Alamo Beer, a consistent supporter of the Urban Spaces Tour,and The Boiler House, which will open at the Pearl in 2012.Each tour time slot on the 2011 Urban Spaces Tour was completely sold out– a first for the event. Tours were led by students from Trinity University’sUrban Studies program, also known as, “Urban Studs.” This was the firstyear that students served as the official tour guides for the event, which ispart of Downtown Alliance’s new effort to engage more young professionalsas volunteers in annual programs.
  3. 3. Initiated in 1998, this luncheon series features presentations from the most successfuldowntown initiatives and revitalization programs in the country. Speakers cover avariety of topics such as transit and how transportation impacts, living, working andtransforming downtown. With a renewed focus on the urban environment, issueslike art in public spaces, safety and reenergizing the city center are discussed. Thegoal of the Urban Renaissance series is to engage, inform and inspire those whosupport downtown San Antonio as the definitive face of the city’s business, arts,culture, entertainment and political community.September 28, 2011Placemaking in the Center City- Making It HappenEmbassy Suites RiverwalkDowntown Alliance partnered with ULI San Antonio and the City of San AntonioCenter City Development Office for an informative presentation on Placemakingand the next steps that downtown San Antonio should take to make recentinitiatives a reality. Phil Myrick with Project for Public Spaces discussed the resultsof San Antonio’s PlaceMap exercise, as well as some real projects that should beundertaken right away. The luncheon was sponsored by Baptist Medical Center,Jacobs and Jefferson Bank.February 13, 2012Top 10 Global Trends Affecting DowntownsHyatt Regency RiverwalkThis program, sponsored by the Center City Development Office, VIA andCPS Energy, provided a provocative view of the future and tangible ideas for 6anticipating change in the context of an increasingly volatile world. Brad Segal,President of Progressive Urban Management Associates, presented the top globaltrends that are currently affecting planning and development decisions for the next20 years in America’s downtowns, as well as impact of the economic recession andongoing changes in demographics, lifestyles and global competition.In May 2012, Downtown Alliance hired Progressive Urban Management Associatesto study the existing boundaries of the current Downtown Public ImprovementDistrict, as well as opportunities for extending the boundaries as Centro San Antoniolooks to reauthorize the District in October 2013.April 16, 2012The Strategic Framework Plan for the Center CityHyatt Regency RiverwalkIn April 2011, Centro Partnership commissioned HRA to produce the StrategicFramework Plan for the Center City. The team conducted planning throughresearch and analysis, community meetings, stakeholder consultations, and closecollaboration with Centro’s board and City officials. At this Urban Renaissanceprogram, attended by over 500 people and sponsored by SA2020, the Center CityDevelopment Office and Nix Health, Jamie Torres Springer, partner with HRA,presented the final report and the recommendations to support growth of thecenter city in order to meet the goals set forth by the community for the center cityin SA2020.
  4. 4. Each year, Downtown Alliance recognizes those who have made a significant contribution to downtown with the “Downtown’s BEST” Awards. Initiated in 2001, the awards are divided among multiple categories that celebrate people, organizations and places that support downtown San Antonio. The BEST Awards Program is a juried event and awards are presented at an annual luncheon program and serves as a key fundraiser. The 2012 BEST Awards competition received a record 76 nominations, doubling the number received in past years. The Pearl was this year’s presenting sponsor of the luncheon, which was held at the Grand Hyatt on March 30, 2012. Paula Stallcup, 2011 Downtowner of the Year, passed the “downtown torch” to 2012 Downtowner of the Year, Pat DiGiovanni, City of San Antonio Deputy City Manager. Additional Awards program major sponsors include The NRP Group, San Antonio Business Journal, the Grand Hyatt hotel and the Center City Development Office. The winners of this year’s BEST Awards include: BEST Adaptive Use BEST Residential TownePlace Suites by Marriott 1221 Broadway in the Neisner Building BEST Neighborhood Restaurant 8 BEST Cultural Distinction Liberty Bar King William Cultural Arts District BEST Hotel Restaurant BEST Music Festival Las Canarias Echale! Latino Music Estyles BEST in Sustainability BEST Development/Construction CPS Energy, Green Initiatives Cevallos Lofts BEST Work in Progress BEST Year-Round Cultural Venue University Health System Promotional Campaign Robert B. Green Campus Expansion The Historic Pearl Brewery BEST Way to Get Lost... in BEST Single Event Promotion San Antonio’s History (Wild Card Category) San Antonio Cocktail Conference The Hugman Tour BEST New Business BEST Downtown Neighbor N ’ S The Bike Waiter (Wild Card Category) Mission Restaurant Supply W O BEST Public/Private Partnership TD O W N San Antonio B-Cycle Municipal BEST Recognition for Bike Share System Living the Dream (Wild Card Category) 2 1 Rodney J. Smith 0 2
  5. 5. The Downtown Alliance has held successful golf tournaments for the last fourteen years. Each year, a portion of the tournament proceeds is donated to a downtown charity organization, and the remaining proceeds are used to further the DTA’s educational programs and to keep the downtown constituency informed as to the importance of a healthy center city. Our goal continues to be a cleaner, safer and friendlier downtown and the Golf Tournament functions as a fun way to convene our members and friends, and to raise funds for a good cause. It is yet another opportunity to reach out to the downtown community and build relationships between members, businesses, property owners and organizations in downtown San Antonio. On May 14, 2012, Downtown Alliance hosted the annual “Downtown Golf Tournament” at Brackenridge Park Golf Course – “Downtown’s Golf Course.” 124 golfers participated in the tournament, supported by Double Eagle Sponsor, HNTB. Along with the $800 raised on the activity holes – Designated Driver, Speed Hole and Play with the Pro – Downtown Alliance donated a portion of the proceeds to SAMMinistries to support their mission to help the homeless, and those at risk of becoming homeless, attain self-sufficiency by offering shelter, housing, and services. After the tournament, golfers enjoyed dinner in the newly-built pavilion behind the clubhouse. Golfers dined on fare provided by The RK Group as prizes were handed out for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in the tournament. 1st Place - Embrey Partners 10 2nd Place - Frost Bank 3rd Place - Weston Centre After dinner, guests participated in the annual raffle contest with prizes from local hotels, restaurants and businesses. Supporting sponsors of the tournament include: Baptist Health System Greater San Antonio San Antonio Convention Block by Block Chamber of Commerce Visitors Bureau Bohanan’s Prime Steak Greater San Antonio San Antonio Seafood Transportation Company Commercial Advisors Catto Catto Gunn Automotive The Sabinal Group Central Parking Hilton Palacio Del Rio SAMMinistries CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Hixon Properties Spurs Sports Children’s Hospital Hotel Contessa Entertainment Golf2012 Creative Civilization ISS Grounds Control Travis Park Plaza Embrey Partners Marriott Rivercenter TSM Digital Printing Weston CentreTournament Emily Morgan Hotel Frost Bank NuStar Energy Quarter Moon Plumbing Grand Hyatt Hotel Roger’s Garden
  6. 6. In February 2012, Mayor Julian Castro, District 1 Councilman Diego Bernal,and Jim Mery, interim director for the downtown operations department,unveiled Downtown Tuesday, a new plan to bring the local community backto the center city. Downtown Tuesday offers parking at City-operated parkinggarages, parking lots and parking meters every Tuesday evening from 5 p.m.to 2 a.m.As a partner in this initiative, Downtown Alliance started Live Centro, anew program on Tuesday evenings that showcases a downtown residentialproperty and gives those considering living downtown an opportunity toexplore the urban lifestyle, as well as talk to current downtown residents.In addition to providing residential properties the chance to give tours andanswer questions, Live Centro has also peaked the interest of surroundingdowntown businesses as an opportunity to market themselves to both currentand future downtown residents.Over 70 people attended the first Live Centro in April 2012 at Cevallos Lofts, 12a new apartment complex in Southtown. The event was hosted by The NRPGroup and food was delivered by The Bike Waiter. There were also toursacross the street at the Cevallos Modern Contemporary Homes, a smallcomplex of modern townhomes.In May 2012, Centre Group Consulting hosted Live Centro at the VidorraCondominiums near Sunset Station and over 100 people got the opportunityto tour four model units, as well as enjoy food and refreshments fromWhole Foods, who catered the event and discussed their downtown grocerydelivery service.In June 2012, Live Centro enjoyed it’s largest attendance to date at The Vistanaapartment complex. Guests enjoyed amazing city views from the amenitydeck, toured model units and savored appetizers from Luke Restaurant andrefreshments from NOLA Tropical Winery.
  7. 7. “To be a first rate San Antonio, this city needs to better attract and retain youngprofessionals. In the desirability race for young professionals San Antonio hasbeen losing. Too often students leave San Antonio after they graduate fromcollege, and not enough young professionals come from other locations. Foryears San Antonio has been talking about this issue, but now is the time toact. Successful cities align their values with those of young professionals. SanAntonio should not mimic the strategies of other cities, but rather should focuson how it can improve upon its current shortcomings related to density, highereducation, and community networks, while likewise capitalizing upon itsunique assets. San Antonio needs to build on its comparative advantages andhighlight its distinct characteristics that no other place can offer.”The quote above, taken from the SA2020 report completed byTrinity University Urban Economics students, speaks to the reasonwhy the Downtown Alliance Young Professionals group was formed inOctober 2011. This group is made up of 20- and 30-somethings who have amutual interest in social and business networking, community involvementand professional development, with a primary goal to promote downtown 14San Antonio as an exciting place to live, work, and play.The group was built to exchange ideas, interact socially and sharecommon interests, as well as position themselves as the center city’s leadersof today and tomorrow for the betterment of our community. DowntownSan Antonio is filled with many opportunities for a young professional, butsometimes it’s hard to know where to start. Joining Downtown Alliance YPis an easy way to develop several business and social contacts so that thenetwork of peers continues to grow.The Downtown Alliance YP group made its debut with a HolidaySocial in December 2011 at The Esquire Tavern, resulting in over 150young professionals signing up to join the group. The DTA is currentlydeveloping more young professional programming focusing on professionaldevelopment, as well as community interaction and public service.
  8. 8. Centro San Antonio helps accommodate downtown’s growing residentialpopulation, enhance its office and retail market, and position downtownas a premier convention and visitor destination through the efforts of theDowntown Public Improvement District.Funded by a special property assessment on properties within theDowntown Public Improvement District, Centro San Antonio providesservices and improvements as a supplement to services provided by theCity of San Antonio. These services are provided by Ambassador Amigos,Streetscaping Amigos and Maintenance Amigos. In addition to regularduties, each Amigo serves as additional “eyes ears” for the SAPDDowntown Bicycle Patrol Park Police. For the past 12 months, allAmigos have worn pedometers while performing their duties. This resultedin 59,574 miles walked, or the equivalent of walking 2.5 times around theearth’s equator.Ambassador Amigos play an important role in the District as goodwillambassadors for downtown’s various users. Their high visibility positionsthem to be proactive in assisting downtown conventioneers, visitors,workers, residents, and downtown’s various law enforcement officials. 16Equipped with two-way radios and local area knowledge, these uniformedAmbassadors are strategically situated throughout the District and inhigh-pedestrian traffic areas at key times of the day. They form a uniquepartnership with local authorities providing maximum assistance and safetythroughout the District, thereby supporting overall crime prevention.In the past year, the Ambassador Amigos:• ssisted 883,072 downtown guests, office workers and residents with A directions and service needs• Manned the Mobile Information Kiosk at various locations daily• Maintained training in specialized historical geographical facts• aintained a six-member team that is certified as Professional M Tour GuidesMaintenance Amigos supplement the City’s maintenance effortsby performing sidewalk cleaning, graffiti abatement, trash pickup,power-washing and weed removal. They perform services 7 days aweek, 360 days a year.
  9. 9. 883,072 downtown guests, office workers and residents assisted In the past year, the Maintenance Amigos: • Collected over 68,329 bags of trash – a total of 850 tons • Power washed in District a total of 41 million square-feet of sidewalks • Power washed 11,054 bus stops68,329 • Removed weeds from 1,005 block faces of District sidewalks • Removed 100,247 gum spots from District sidewalks • Removed 10,120 graffiti tags stickers trash bags collected • rovided contract maintenance services for City of San Antonio P (COSA) Downtown Operations on the River Walk, the San Antonio41 million River Authority on the Museum Reach and the Pearl Farmer’s Market Sunday in the Park square feet of sidewalks Streetscaping Amigos provide planters and plant materials to help power washed “soften” downtown’s public right-of-ways. These improvements help enhance the pedestrian experience for our many downtown workers,59,574 residents, and visitors. The District is responsible for maintaining these improvements. This includes watering, fertilization and replacing seasonal vegetation as necessary. The Streetscaping Amigos program intends to expand in scope each year, as funds are available. miles walked by the Amigos In the past year, the Streetscaping Amigos: • Planted 2,016 bougainvillea plants 18 Public Improvement District Service Area • Planted 3,360 pansies • Planted 3,360 petunias • Regularly pruned, fertilized and treated for insects • Dispensed thousands of gallons of water to supplement rainfall • Regularly replaced missing and dead plants as necessary Over the 2011-2012 fiscal year, the Downtown Public Improvement District implemented special projects and capital improvements, including: • artnering with COSA Downtown Operations to provide funding for P a grackle “relocation” program • artnering with Downtown Alliance and Centro Partnership to P provide funding for a downtown strategic plan with focus on housing, parking, hospitality office attraction • Purchasing 25 new blue sidewalk recycling receptacles • tilizing handheld PDA’s to conduct landscaping surveys for COSA U on the River Walk, at Milam Park and Travis Park • dding wi-fi to the Mobile Information Kiosk, as well as outlets for A visitors to charge their mobile devices
  10. 10. In the recent SA2020 planning process, a vision for downtown wascreated – “In 2020, downtown is the heart of San Antonio and is everyone’sneighborhood.” In April 2011, Mayor Julian Castro called on the CentroPartnership to take the lead on updating a strategic plan for downtownand the center city. The Centro Partnership, a public-private partnership,worked with other stakeholders to raise funds for and to develop this planand help facilitate a series of public workshops. In December 2011, a reportcalled The Strategic Framework Plan for the Center City was completed.In April 2012, Centro Partnership partnered with Downtown Allianceto host an Urban Renaissance Luncheon, where Jamie Torres Springer,partner with HRA, presented the final report and the recommendationsto support growth of the Center City in order to meet the goals set forth bythe community in SA2020. In an effort to engage the younger generation ofprofessionals, a targeted demographic of SA2020, Centro Partnership askeda new young professionals group called LOOP – Leadership Organizationof Professionals – to place a member at each luncheon table and facilitatediscussion about the Strategic Plan and the future of downtown.In May 2012, Centro Partnership became the official lead partner for the 20Downtown Development vision area of SA2020, with a responsibilityto provide strategic assistance and meaningful data measurements tomaximize impact of that vision area, as well as work closely with SA2020to develop productive community networks of investors and ensureaccountability among all of the lead partners. Among the goals for theDowntown Development vision area are:• Increase downtown housing units• Increase the number of people working downtown• Increase transportation mode options• Decrease downtown crime rates• Increase activities and visitation by local San Antonians to downtownAlso in Spring 2012, Centro Partnership released a statement of supportfor all five propositions within the City of San Antonio’s 2012-2017 BondProgram. This bond mapped out $596 million in capital improvementsin San Antonio, including over $110 million in capital improvementsthat will directly impact the areas in and surround the center city. All fivepropositions passed with voter approval.
  11. 11. At the Downtown Alliance Annual Meeting in 2009, Mayor Julian Castro declared this the “decade of downtown” and downtown San Antonio has experienced an increase in interest from local media ever since, including Ben Olivo’s Downtown Blog and regular updates from the Express-News, the San Antonio Business Journal, San Antonio Magazine and the local television outlets, just to name a few. In 2012, former Express-News editor, Bob Rivard, introduced The Rivard Report, a new media web site dedicated to San Antonio’s urban renaissance with a platform that encourages citizens to contribute commentary as well as move discussion about the center city. Downtown Alliance continued to share news about downtown on downtownsa.org, including national news coverage on San Antonio’s rankings in several key areas. This past year San Antonio was ranked in the top 10 of happiest cities for jobs (Forbes.com), ranked as the 25th fittest city in the country (Men’s Fitness Magazine) and ranked as the nation’s best- performing city by the Milken Institute, a story that ran in U.S. News and World Report, Yahoo!News and Forbes.com. Downtown San Antonio also received positive national television coverage on TNT during the 2012 NBA Western Conference Finals, as well as 22 coverage of our city’s culinary scene on Bravo’s “Top Chef - Texas.” In addition to the Downtown Alliance web site, daily updates on news and events were provided on Facebook and Twitter. Conversations on the social media outlets were introduced via local news on downtown, as well as national stories on revitalization in other downtown cities. According to Facebook Insights, interaction in the form of “Likes” was up 54% over the past year. In January 2012, Downtown Alliance unveiled a new look for the monthly e-newsletter, including the addition of a Member Spotlight section, which features a Downtown Alliance member and their thoughts on the future of the center city. In Spring 2012, the home page of downtownsa.org was redesigned to highlight news and events of each particular non-profit within the Centro Collaborative. In addition, an Amigo Feedback page was created in the Centro San Antonio section of the web site to showcase the positive feedback received about the Amigos from downtown visitors.PR MARKETING

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