We Are Centro San Antonio

We are a nonprofit whose vision is a vibrant and prosperous downtown that benefits the entire San Antonio community. Our mission is to mobilize people and resources to build a more prosperous downtown.

2017 Year in Review

We Do This Through:

  • Strategic public and private partnerships
  • Convening and facilitating around important downtown issues
  • Advocating for members and property owners
  • Providing thought leadership on important community issues
  • Delivering services that improve the downtown experience

Public Improvement District


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.


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

1,000,000 Visitors

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

90 Ambassador Amigos

in Hospitality, Maintenance, and Pan & Broom Cleaning


Hired since 2010 from

Haven for Hope
Meet Our Ambassadors

Downtown Development


2017 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.

$140 Million
From the bond

for Broadway Cultural Corridor, Hemisfair, Zona Cultural & San Pedro Creek

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.


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

Activate Houston St.

The Downtown Experience


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

We produced more than a dozen events attended by thousands of people in 2016 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.


in membership in 2016

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