Board Meeting:3rd Thursday every month
IBC Bank, 221 S Shoreline, 2nd floor at 9am
DMD hosted its 2nd annual reception at the Omni Hotel on December 12 which was attended by approximately 200 people. Attendees enjoyed appetizers from Dine Downtown restaurant participants (Dine Downtown will take place January 16-29, 2017), complimentary drinks and a silent auction. Program highlights included presentation of:
The program also included updates on events and development projects.
“It was an incredibly successful year with DMD winning local, regional and state-wide awards and recognition for marketing, community engagement and promotional events,” said Executive Director Terry Sweeney. Awards included Best Promotional Event in Texas for Dine Downtown awarded by Texas Downtown Association, 3 regional ADDY Awards for the Marina Arts District branding and website and Community Partner of the Year awarded by Beautify Corpus Christi.
DMD also announced that it was selected to host the 2018 Texas Downtown Annual Conference, November 6-9, 2018 which will bring more than 350 downtown professionals and state and city leaders to Corpus Christi. “We are excited to host this prestigious conference and show off our city and downtown. But it also means we have a deadline to get downtown looking as good as we can. We really have to focus our efforts and complete projects over the next 24 months,” Sweeney said. Corpus Christi last hosted the conference in 1992.
Other highlighted achievements included launching Bike Corpus Christi bike share program which now boasts more than 1,500 members who have taken over 4,500 trips. The Cosmopolitan of Corpus Christi apartments opening by February will be the first bike share expansion location adding an 8-rack station on Lawrence Street. Their residents will receive free annual memberships as well. “We are looking forward to delivering our first apartments early next year and think the bike share station and memberships will be a great amenity for our residents,” said Gordy Paez, principal for Bridgeview Development, developers of the Cosmopolitan.
DMD also reported on their marketing efforts which reached over 2 million people and the growth of events like Artwalk and Bridgewalk. In addition, they touted their television advertising campaign with 10 merchant partners and the launch of a new app which will debut during the Dine Downtown event January 16-29, 2017. Download the Distrx app on your phone from iTunes store or visit Distrx website to learn more http://distrx.com/.
Looking forward, DMD presented their 2016-2017 District Service Plan. Highlights include pursuing a Texas Cultural District designation, conducting an historic resources survey, expanding the bike share program and implementing a real estate recruitment plan. The biggest new initiative is the contract with the Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone (TIRZ) to provide revitalization services like enhanced cleaning, safety, marketing and advocacy services to the greater downtown area. “We believe that for the Marina Arts District to be successful, all of downtown needs to be revitalized. We are thankful that the TIRZ Board is giving us an opportunity to implement this public private partnership and help the core of our City be more successful,” said Harold Shockley, 2016-2017 DMD Board Chair.