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DANA at 20: New Board, New Challenges


For twenty years now, DANA has been working to promote the livability of Downtown Austin. A lot has changed over those years: the downtown population has more than doubled, and we have countless new shops & restaurants, among other things.

The next twenty years are sure to bring more changes, and DANA stands ready to help ensure that the quality of life in Downtown Austin keeps getting better. Our new board & officers have been working on updating the organization in every respect. And we’re counting on our members to help us make the most of the opportunities we’re facing.

There are many ways you can get involved:

• Join a committee. We now have five active committees (Policy, Communications, Finance, Social, and Membership/Sponsorship), and they need your help! There’s a lot to do on every front. You can sign up on our get involved page.

• Follow our Facebook page.

• Follow us on Twitter.

• Join DANA’s new email discussion group, which gives members & friends of DANA a platform to share information about downtown issues & events.

• Come to our next Urban Core Happy Hour – Stay tuned for details!

Thanks for tuning in! With your help, Downtown Austin’s next 20 years are going to be even better than the last.

DANA 2017 Annual Meeting and Urban Core Happy Hour


Join us at the DANA 2017 Annual Meeting and Urban Core Happy Hour, taking place Sunday, February 26 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Google Fiber, 201 Colorado Street.

The meeting is open to members only. Become a member, or renew your expired membership, here. You can also join at the event.

We have an action-packed agenda, including:

* The DANA 2016 year in review
* Updates from special guests Mayor Pro Tem Kathie Tovo and Council Member Ora Houston
* Full Fridge will be providing tasty bites of homey, grandma recipe inspired food throughout the night.
* Libations courtesy of Dripping Springs Vodka.
* An informational presentation from Austin B-Cycle.

Enjoy the food, drinks, and the latest about what’s happening in the neighborhood!

Make your reservations now!

January Urban Core Happy Hour + Sip & Stroll

Do you love living, working, and/or playing in downtown Austin? Join us in 2nd Street District for socializing and networking with other downtown residents and fans. CRU Wine Bar and The Bonneville will showcase their menus with complimentary bites, along with beverages provided by 2nd Street District.

After stopping in for a drink with DANA, continue along to the 2nd Street Social Sip & Stroll featuring specialty cocktails, exclusive specials, and giveaways throughout the 2nd Street District.

DANA members will receive priority entrance. Guests are required to pay $10 at the door, or join DANA for access to UCHH events year round! To ensure the best experience, we strongly suggest arriving as close to the beginning of the event as possible, as there are a limited number of drink tickets and food.

Become a DANA Board Member or Volunteer


DANA Social PhotoDANA will soon hold elections for its board of directors.

Want to make an impact and improve quality of life in downtown Austin? Want to keep the downtown neighborhood social, knowledgeable, and influential? Become a DANA board member or volunteer for a committee!

DANA Knowledgeable Photo

Apply now by telling us about yourself and the passions and know-how you would like to contribute.

DANA Influential Photo

The deadline for completed applications for a 2017 board position is Friday, January 20, 2017.

Questions? Feel free to speak with any DANA board member about your interest, or contact info@downtownaustin.org.


December Urban Core Happy Hour – Dec 5

Do you love living, working, and/or playing in downtown Austin? Join us for socializing and networking with other downtown residents and fans. Let’s celebrate the close of this year and the holiday season with complimentary beverages and appetizers from the brand new downtown restaurant, Cafe Blue.


Plus, make sure you arrive early to meet the artists for a new public art commission in the Seaholm District. Dan Sternof Beyer and Bevan Weissman of New American Public Art will be at the December DANA Happy Hour for the first 30 minutes in order to meet downtown neighbors to inform their new public art commission.


New American Public Art was recently commissioned by the City of Austin’s Art in Public Places program to create a work of public art associated with the Green Water Treatment Redevelopment Project.

The artists are being asked to design an urban artwork that creates a sense of place through discovery or an unexpected experience for people of all ages, is physically interactive, includes light and/or sound, and is easily maintained and vandal resistant, all without disrupting or inconveniencing people living, working or recreating in the area.

Eventbrite - DANA Urban Core Happy Hour - December 5, 2016

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