About Us

Our Mission: To create a healthy, vibrant downtown

Many Voices, One Mission

Downtown Seattle has evolved into one of the most dynamic urban centers in the country. But a thriving downtown doesn’t happen by accident. It takes vision, partnership and persistence. It takes the commitment of people who care about this place. It takes big thinkers who are also doers.

We are the Downtown Seattle Association. Our mission is to create a healthy, vibrant downtown. For nearly 60 years, we have been providing vision and leadership on the critical issues and opportunities facing Seattle’s urban core.

With the support of our 2,200 corporate, nonprofit and residential members, we are working to keep downtown economically competitive, address transportation challenges and ensure a safe, clean and inviting urban experience for workers, residents and visitors.

We Are City Makers

Today, more than 265,000 people work downtown and over 70, 000 people live here. As our urban core grows and evolves, the Downtown Seattle Association is here. We provide leadership on a range of issues, including transportation, economic competitiveness, the public realm, affordable housing and homelessness. Through funding from Metropolitan Improvement District (MID) ratepayers, we employ more than 120 ambassadors who provide cleaning, safety, concierge and outreach services throughout downtown. MID ratepayers also fund parks and public space improvements, downtown marketing and transportation services.

We call ourselves City Makers. Because we believe when downtown thrives, the whole city flourishes.