About Us

Texas Downtown was founded in 1985 to connect and serve downtown professionals and champions. At the time, downtowns across the state were suffering from a lack of investment and there was no organization that was dedicated to turning the tide. Today, our mission is to provide members with resources, advocacy, education, and connections to develop vibrant districts.

Our members are dedicated to downtown development and revitalization. By joining Texas Downtown, you are connected with a network of passionate downtown advocates and access to information and resources that will benefit your downtown and community.

Texas Downtown Conference


The annual Texas Downtown Conference is the only statewide conference dedicated to downtown. Our 250+ attendees represent cities of all sizes, downtown and Main Street programs, economic development professionals, chambers of commerce staff, nonprofit leaders, small business owners, and entrepreneur consultants. The event features general and breakout sessions, mobile tours, events, and networking. Sponsorship and exhibiting opportunities are available.

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President’s Awards


The President’s Awards Program was started in 1986 to recognize outstanding projects, places, and people of Texas downtowns. The program features 11 different categories that fall under design or achievement.

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Anice Read FUND

The Anice Read Fund was formed to honor Anice Read, one of the founders of Texas Downtown. Grants from the Fund support downtown projects and programs in member communities.

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Texas Downtown offers a myriad of benefits to members including:

Resources
Advocacy
Education
Connections

Board Members and Staff


Heather Juarez

President, Cleburne

Emily Koller

Vice President, Amarillo

Frank Robinson

Treasurer, Conroe

Tania Moody

Secretary, Levelland

Jorge Quirino

Immediate Past President, Lubbock

Molly Alexander

Elgin

Rebeca Huffman

Crockett

Tina Israel

Bay City

Letecia McNatt

Garland

Amy Miller

Elgin

Keli Miller

Goliad

Marie Oehlerking-Read

Fort Worth

TK Presley

Groesbeck

Rayna Teicheira

Navasota

Amy Hammons

Ex Officio, Texas Main Street Program

Shane Wilhelm

Ex Officio, Texas Travel Alliance

Shelly Hargrove

Staff, Marketing and Communications Coordinator

Suzy Lawrence

Staff, Executive Director

Committees


Texas Downtown committees are responsible for many programs and services offered to members. Help us reach more Texas communities and sign up to serve today. No travel budget required - committees meet via monthly Zoom sessions.

Advocacy

Ensures that Texas Downtown has a coordinated effort to monitor and provide information about legislation impacting downtowns at the state and federal levels to members. Please note that Texas Downtown is not a registered lobbyist.
Co-Chairs: Molly Alexander, Elgin and Frank Robinson, Conroe

Anice Read Fund

Facilitates awareness and growth of the Anice Read Fund, the grant fund founded by Texas Downtown and managed by Communities Foundation of Texas.
Chair: Amy Miller, Elgin and Molly Alexander, Elgin

Annual Conference and President's Awards

Provides a valuable professional development opportunity for those involved in downtown revitalization in Texas. The President's Awards is a program at the annual conference that showcases the best in organizations, projects and people in Texas downtowns. It spotlights downtown successes to a larger audience and presents a program that provides a case study learning experience on which members can model local projects.
Co-Chairs: Tina Israel, Bay City and Heather Juarez, Cleburne

Engagement

Coordinates marketing and membership initiatives, as well as educational opportunities for members
Co-Chairs: Tania Moody, Levelland and Marie Oehlerking-Read, Fort Worth

Job Openings


We are happy to share downtown and downtown-related job openings.

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