Downtown Austin is everyone’s neighborhood. It is where people gather for celebrations, where we exercise our most basic American freedom of public speech, and where we come to meet one another - by plan and by chance. It is a place where we make that vital connection with one another as part of the larger community. Downtown conveys our values and aspirations, both to ourselves and to the outside world. As a place, Downtown is the most vivid and authentic expression of our history and culture; it is the soul of our region, a place like no other. For over 25 years Economic Development Department staff have worked closely with public and private sector partners to make downtown a vibrant and inclusive place for all Austinites.