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    About the Downtown
    Committee of Syracuse

Your Go-to Source for Information about Downtown Syracuse

The Downtown Committee is a private, not-for-profit, professional downtown management organization that represents all property owners and tenants within the central business district.

We are at the nexus of the public and private partnership that brings about improvement and revitalization. As the steward of the Downtown Special Assessment District, the Downtown Committee plays an essential role in keeping Downtown clean, attractive, accessible, safe, growing, dynamic, exciting, and welcoming to all.

Signature Events

We produce several annual events, to support constituents and showcase Downtown Syracuse as a destination.

 
Downtown Dining Weeks
 
 
Spring Progress Breakfast
 
 
Earth Day Cleanup
 
 
Wednesday Walks
 
 
Downtown Living Tour
 
 
DC Annual Meeting
 
 
Downtown Farmers Market
 
 
Syracuse Arts & Crafts Festival
 
 
Syracuse Style Fashion Show
 
 
Employee Appreciation Week
 
 
Fall Progress Breakfast
 
 
Holidays in Downtown Syracuse
 

Departments

We're always willing and ready to assist you. If you have questions and aren't sure where to find the answers, start with the Downtown Committee.

Economic Development

The Downtown Committee's Economic Development programs include a variety of efforts to strengthen Downtown Syracuse's economic base through:

  • Prioritizing buildings and sites for development
  • Retaining and attracting business to the city center
  • Finding potential spaces for your business to best meet your needs 
  • Listing available real estate and continuously updating properties as needed
  • Researching and promoting housing development and urban living
  • Collaborating with community partners to seize opportunities to make new connections to benefit Downtown

The Economic Development department provides support for you and your business through:

  • Identifying incentives and grant opportunities
  • Locating available parking, providing a comprehensive list including lots, garages, operators and rates
  • Tracking and continuously updating information including Downtown Syracuse demographics; Semi-Annual Occupancy Reports and Retail Reports detailing market trends; Databases of all downtown businesses, retail and properties

The goal is to deliver a positive Downtown experience, increasing connectivity and accessibility through:

  • Serving as a community liaison with the City of Syracuse
  • Transforming Downtown's landscape through urban planning and placemaking initiatives to consider the human scale of neighborhoods and pedestrian amenities to ensure Downtown's vitality
  • Establishing a "Pop-Up" retail program, linking entrepreneurs with available storefronts to add vibrancy to our downtown environment
  • Developing the "Downtown Wishlist" and laying groundwork to make those desires a reality 

Economic Development Flyer

Environmental Maintenance

The Downtown Committee's Environmental Maintenance crew is the driving force behind efforts to ensure Downtown is attractive, clean and accessible by providing the following services: 

  • Litter patrol and control
  • Street furniture repairs and replacement
  • Sidewalk snow clearing assistance
  • Mowing grass, cutting weeds and trimming hedges
  • Parking lot management
  • Streetscape maintenance such as flushing sidewalks, gum busting, graffiti removal and cleaning up doorways of vacant buildings

The Downtown Committee undertakes beautification programs to support a vibrant Downtown Syracuse through:

  • Installing and maintaining flower baskets throughout the summer months
  • Maintaining trees throughout Downtown Syracuse
  • Partners in Planting Program, a program developed to foster employee appreciation and engagement
  • Organizing annual spring & Earth Day cleanup efforts with the community

Marketing & Communications

The Downtown Committee's Marketing and Communications efforts aim to celebrate Downtown Syracuse and stir excitement about all that happens through: 

  • Ensuring information is easily accessible to all Downtown stakeholders
  • Promoting your business opening, new program or event(s) through producing a weekly electronic newsletter (reaching 9,000 people - click here to subscribe!) and pushing out the news through Social Media platforms (reaching 18,000+ people)
  • Welcoming new retail businesses, restaurants, and cultural institutions to Downtown by assembling welcome packages, listing your business here on our website, and customizing orientation programs for new employees
  • Coordinating promotions with Downtown retail boutiques, restaurants and cultural institutions

The Marketing & Communications team showcases Downtown's vibrancy through:

The goal is to communicate a positive message about Downtown's growth and desirability, paving the way for future development by: 

  • Producing informative publications (Click here to browse the collection)
  • Maintaining and continuously updating this website and providing consistent social media content
  • Identifying, meeting and anticipating the needs of new residents, homeowners and employees through survey distribution and analysis
  • Building Downtown's fanbase to yield new stakeholders
  • Updating mailing lists of Downtown constituents
  • Providing support to Neighborhood & Business Associations 

Marketing & Communications Flyer

Parking & Accessibility

The Downtown Committee engages in a number of parking-related programs to ensure that Downtown Syracuse is accessible by: 

  • Operating two Downtown Syracuse lots after-hours for event parking
  • Maintaining a comprehensive list of all parking lots and garages, operators and rates
  • Participating in a parking & transportation committee with other community partners
  • Assisting with conducting parking studies and implementing study recommendations
  • Assisting property owners, business owners and residents with finding sufficient parking

Security

The Downtown Committee's Security team maintains Downtown's status as a safe neighborhood through: 

  • Establishing the Downtown Security & Information Center at 230 Harrison Street (map)
  • Answering and responding to calls to 423-HELP 
  • Installing and maintaining security cameras
  • Holding personal safety seminars for Downtown residents and employees
  • Offering security audits for Downtown businesses
  • Patrolling Downtown every day
  • Serving as a liaison between the business community and the Syracuse Police Department
  • Distributing security information to Downtown businesses and residents
  • Proactively addressing quality of life concerns through a Downtown task force to improve the outreach of social service providers

Public Space Flyer