We are Centro San Antonio

We are a nonprofit who envisions Downtown as a Gathering Place, a Beautiful Place, and as San Antonio’s True Center. Our mission is to mobilize people and resources to build a more prosperous downtown.

We Do This by keeping our
work focused on:

  • Great Urban Public Spaces
  • An Accessible Downtown
  • Making Downtown the Cleanest and Safest in America
  • Great Downtown Urban Design
  • Great Downtown Streets
  • Telling the Downtown Story
  • Building the Sense of Community in Downtown

Public Improvement District

1999

The Public Improvement District (PID) is the heart and soul of our city.

The PID was established in 1999 to provide "clean & safe" services, including streetscaping, beautification services like power washing, maintenance and ambassador services.

The skyscrapers, cultural assets, and local businesses that dot its landscape serve as the image of San Antonio to the outside world.

0.83
SQ Miles

Our Ambassadors work tirelessly to ensure that downtown is presentable and welcoming as the face of our city.

1,400,000
Visitors

You will find them in their bright yellow shirts helping over 1,400,000 visitors and residents every year navigate our beautiful, historic civic core.

90
Ambassadors

in Hospitality, Maintenance, and Pan & Broom Cleaning

110

Hired since 2010 from

Haven For Hope

Downtown Development

2019

2019 is set to be another record-breaking year for downtown commercial and population growth.

As a civically minded organization, we are dedicated to mobilizing the community for the benefit of our urban core.

Job creation and "housing first" policies have always been of great importance to the work we do. As we make headway with regards to affordable and creative sector housing this year, the quantity and quality of jobs in the central business district will continue to grow.

$2.5
Billion

Public-private investments for greater downtown area

The Frost Tower is the most talked about and highly anticipated new development in the center of downtown.

460,000
SQ Feet

Frost Tower will offer retail and office space located along the San Pedro Creek, surrounded by beautiful parks and walkable urban streets.

"Houston Street is the beating heart of local business downtown"
Randy Smith, President, Weston Urban

When it came to constructing a new headquarters for Frost bank, it was important to choose a central location.

Zona Cultural is a crossroads of culture, commerce, and community.

Zona Cultural is the birthplace of San Antonio; home to many of the city's most historic and iconic locations & institutions.

The Downtown Experience

You

Centro is dedicated to making the downtown experience better for everyone.

We produced more than a dozen events attended by thousands of people in 2018 alone, and participated in dozens more.

Our events are created with you in mind -- to build, celebrate, and promote you. Downtown is your neighborhood, and everyone's neighborhood, and we couldn't find a better reason to celebrate.

The Centro Alliance was established in 1982 by a group of property owners who recognized the need for an organization to protect their interests in downtown.

600
Members

Today, the Centro Alliance is an advocacy group comprised of students, young professionals, artists, business and property owners and community advocates standing side-by-side as part of a diverse coalition of volunteers in service of downtown.

Meaningful Connections.
Priceless Partnerships.

Join us in creating a downtown that is everyone's neighborhood.

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