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About the Downtown Phoenix Partnership

The Downtown Phoenix Partnership Inc. (DPP) is a 501c3 nonprofit organization funded by an assessment on all property owners within the 90-square-block area of the Downtown Phoenix Business Improvement District – the hub of activity for one of the most dynamic downtowns in the country. The boundaries for this district are Seventh Street on the east to Third Avenue on the west, and Fillmore Street on the north to the Union Pacific tracks (south of Jackson Street) on the south. There are additional properties outside of this District that receive Partnership services through fee-for-service contracts.

Formed in 1990, the Partnership exists to strengthen Downtown Phoenix development and to encourage an environment of activity, energy and vitality. To accomplish this, the Partnership provides a variety of enhanced services to this core area through the provision of direct services, marketing, and economic development.

Specific services provided by the Downtown Phoenix Partnership include:

  • Security/Hospitality (Downtown Ambassadors)
  • Streetscape and Urban Design
  • Transportation and Parking Coordination
  • “Clean Team” Maintenance
  • Marketing/Advertising
  • Branding
  • Public Relations
  • Event Facilitation
  • Economic Development
  • Community Development
  • Public Policy Facilitation

The Partnership was created under Arizona State Statute 48-575 as an Enhanced Municipal Services District, commonly referred to as a Business Improvement District. Assessments are controlled by the City of Phoenix, who has chosen to contract with the Downtown Phoenix Partnership for the provision of these services. DPP is guided by a volunteer board of directors representing a cross-section of downtown stakeholders, including property owners, tenants, merchants, cultural and nonprofit organizations, city and county management, and elected officials.

The Downtown Phoenix Community Development Corporation

The Downtown Phoenix Community Development Corporation (DPCDC) is a nonprofit organization formed in 2001 under the umbrella of the Partnership to attract affordably and attainably priced housing to the Downtown Phoenix area. The CDC has also played a significant role in the establishment of the Phoenix Public Market. The CDC is governed by a separate board of directors and relies on a separate funding source