WHO SERVES DOWNTOWN
Downtown Colorado Springs is served by four organizations and their boards, each with different missions and legal purposes but bound by a shared vision of a thriving downtown.
Downtown Partnership is a 501c4 nonprofit organization formed in 1997 to ensure that Downtown serves as the economic, cultural and civic heart of Colorado Springs. The Partnership is governed by a board of up to 19 individuals, to include representatives of the three other downtown affiliate organizations.
The Greater Downtown Colorado Springs Business Improvement District (BID) was created by a vote of downtown property owners in 2001, an expansion of the previous BID and the earlier Pikes Peak Avenue BID. It focuses primarily on streetscape improvements and maintenance, marketing and transportation. The BID encompasses approximately a 30-block area. It is governed by a board of 11 appointed by City Council, and board members must represent property owners of the district as well as specific industries (such as retail, restaurant, office).
The Downtown Development Authority (DDA) was formed by a vote of downtown property owners in 2006 with a mission to provide programs and build public and private investment partnerships that promote the economic growth of Downtown Colorado Springs. It is governed by a board of 11 appointed by City Council, and board members must be property owners within the district. The district is roughly two square miles.
Community Ventures is a 501c3 nonprofit founded in 1997 dedicated to the arts, historic preservation and other public benefit programs of downtown. It is served by a board of up to 11 people.