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Centro San Antonio


A vibrant and prosperous downtown that benefits the entire San Antonio community


To mobilize people and resources to build a more prosperous downtown


You Can Count on Us, We Find Common Ground, We Reflect the Community We Serve, We are Always Inspiring



For the past 31 years, the “Centro” family of organizations has grown as the needs of downtown San Antonio have evolved. With a consistent vision of a vibrant and prosperous center city, these organizations – Centro Alliance San Antonio, Centro San Antonio Management Corporation, Downtown San Antonio Community Development Corporation and Centro Partnership San Antonio -- have worked to position downtown as a premier destination for visitors and locals by providing resources like membership support, advocacy, “clean & safe” services and a strategic vision for the future.

Established in 1982 as a 501(c)6 non-profit membership organization, the Downtown Owners Association was reorganized as Downtown Alliance San Antonio (DTA) in 1994. An advocacy group comprised of downtown stakeholders, DTA worked throughout its history to make downtown an exciting place to live, work, shop, eat and play.

In 1999, the Public Improvement District (PID) was created and the Centro San Antonio Management Corporation was established to oversee the provision of “clean & safe” services, including streetscaping/beautification services, maintenance and ambassador services. A 501(c)4 non-profit community benefit corporation, the PID collects assessments from property owners within the District boundary that benefit from these services.

The Downtown San Antonio Community Development Corporation (DTCDC), a 501(c)3 non-profit charitable organization, was created in 2007 to foster downtown development and provide project assistance for downtown San Antonio, especially on behalf of our public partners.

Centro Partnership San Antonio (CPSA) was established in 2010 to provide vision and leadership, and to bring the energy and resources of San Antonio’s high-level public and private sector leadership to focus on improving downtown and the center city.

With the successful adoption of the Strategic Framework Plan for the Center City, the hiring of Pat DiGiovanni as President & CEO, and the proposed reauthorization and expansion of the Public Improvement District, a new approach was explored to build on the existing strengths of these organizations, and to create a sustainable structure that will lead downtown San Antonio into the future.

On October 1, 2013, our new organizational structure was adopted under one, unified management company – Centro San Antonio, combining the previous management and development entities into an organization that:

  • Serves as an influential and sustainable champion to lead downtown revitalization and development
  • Leverages and diversifies funding for downtown improvements, management and development
  • Maximizes the efficiency and effectiveness of program initiatives
  • Provides direct accountability, program design and governance control to diverse constituencies
  • Develops an organization structure that is intuitive in its design and easy to administer