ABOUT DOWNTOWN PARTNERSHIP
Downtown Partnership is the lead organization serving as a catalytic champion for Downtown Colorado Springs through a variety of programs and services.
Our mission: To ensure that Downtown serves as the economic, cultural and civic heart of Colorado Springs.
We are a 501c4 nonprofit organization, with a growing membership base of businesses, nonprofits and individuals representing thousands of employees, residents and other downtown stakeholders. Anyone can become a member – whether or not you live or work in downtown. Indeed, our membership includes businesses from throughout the region that believe a strong downtown is essential for an economically thriving city.
“Partnership” is key to what we do. Downtown Partnership serves as an umbrella organization working closely with the Downtown Development Authority (DDA), Greater Downtown Colorado Springs Business Improvement District (BID), and Community Ventures. These affiliates were launched through the initiatives of Downtown Partnership and its predecessor organization, Downtown Colorado Springs Inc.
Our work puts us in close collaboration with city and county government; private businesses from start-ups and mom-and-pop shops to large corporations; and nonprofit groups from human service agencies to places of worship, arts and cultural organizations.
With our downtown affiliate organizations, every day we:
- Work relentlessly to ensure that downtown is clean, safe and welcoming.
- Champion for the allocation of resources and investment in downtown.
- Provide tools, advocacy and connections for businesses looking to locate, expand and thrive in downtown.
- Promote a downtown lifestyle that is creative, accessible, diverse and fun.
- Draw more residents and visitors to downtown through marketing and public relations efforts and special events.
- Steward resources and leverage leadership to ensure downtown grows and improves with the highest standards of good design and environmental sustainability.
A brief timeline of downtown organizations and plans
2012 – Urban Land Institute report for downtown is issued.
2009 – Imagine Downtown is refined and adopted as master plan of downtown.
2007 – Imagine Downtown is adopted as the plan of development for downtown.
2007 – Downtown Development Authority is formed (approved by downtown voters in 2006).
2005-2006 – The Imagine Downtown planning process, involving more than 400 people, takes place.
2001 – Upon a vote by property owners in the district, the BID is expanded to the Greater Downtown Colorado Springs Business Improvement District.
1997 – Community Ventures formed as a 501c3 nonprofit organization.
1997 – Downtown Partnership is formed as a 501c4 nonprofit organization.
1996 – The Pikes Peak Avenue BID is expanded to Downtown Colorado Springs BID.
1994 – The Pikes Peak Avenue Business Improvement District, a two-block area, is created by voters of those blocks.
1992 – The Downtown Action Plan adopted.
1971 – The first Downtown Plan is issued.
Incorporated in 1997 as Downtown Partnership, the leadership predecessor to this organization was Downtown Colorado Springs Inc.; preceding that was the Downtowners, a dedicated group of merchants and volunteers.
Previous Board Chairs
2012-2013 – Sam Eppley
2010-2011 – Chris Jenkins
2008-2009 – Richard Celeste
2006-2007 – Steve Engel
2004-2005 – Jim Kin
2002-2003 – Randy Case
2000-2001 – Dean Massey
1997-1999 – Les Gruen