Downtown Partnership is the lead organization planning, advocating and promoting a vibrant downtown Colorado Springs. We’ve been around for more than two decades — first as Downtown Inc. and since 1997, as the Downtown Partnership of Colorado Springs.
The "partnership" part of our name is key. Several closely associated entities work hand in hand with the Downtown Partnership: the Greater Downtown Colorado Springs Business Improvement District (BID), Community Ventures Inc., and the Downtown Development Authority (DDA). Also and of significance, we collaborate with local government, businesses, civic and non-profit groups to make great things happen downtown. A hands-on board of directors and numerous working committees guide each DP entity. Hundreds of volunteers and a small paid staff drive downtown’s progress.
Downtown Partnership is further partnered with over two hundred individuals and businesses who support the organization through memberships.
With input from several hundred community participants over nearly two years, Downtown Partnership crafted the extensive Imagine Downtown Plan, adopted by City Council as a "Plan of Development" in March 2007. This detailed plan spells out key initiatives for downtown over the next decade and longer, replacing core elements of the Downtown Action Plan developed in 1992. The Imagine Downtown Plan was modified by the stakeholders and city staff to include necessary components to qualify it as an official Master Plan for downtown which was formally approved as the official Master Plan by City Council in 2009
Additionally, stakeholders and city staff have drafted a series of new development standards that will implement many of the policies and objectives of the new Master Plan. These development standards are known as form-based code. Unlike conventional zoning form-based code encourages dense mixed use and an improved pedestrian experience with a greater mix of uses.
Our primary goals:
• To make downtown Colorado Springs the top choice for doing and drawing business
• To create and sustain an eclectic and lively residential neighborhood
• To recruit and support a growing mix of unique, mostly independent retail
• To further downtown as “the” location for an ever-expansive arts and culture scene
• To heighten downtown's appeal across ethnic, cultural, religious, and socioeconomic diversities