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January 2010

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January 2010
Vol. 4, Issue 1
In This Issue
DANA Membership
DANA Annual Meeting
Urban Core Happy Hour
Commander’s Forum
Repsonsible Giving Campaign
Downtown Parking Survey
Help DANA Support Caritas
Newsletter Sponsorships
Join Our Mailing List


Start the New Year Off with a Brand New DANA Membership!

By becoming a DANA Member you’ll be supporting an organization dedicated to keeping our downtown neighborhood clean, safe, walkable, vibrant, diverse, cultural, and fun! DANA keeps you informed and involved. Plus, it’s a great way to stay in touch with over 1,200 other individuals that have an interest in living, working, and playing downtown.

Membership levels are very affordable: $25 per year for an Individual, $40 for a household, and $100 for a Sponsorship. (The Sponsorship level allows you  marketing information and a link on the DANA web site.)

For more information and to sign up for your DANA Membership click here!

DANA Annual Meeting

Friday, January 15, 2010
6:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Austin City Hall (map)(transit)

The DANA Annual Meeting will take place next Friday, January 15th, from 6:30 – 9:00 at Austin City Hall.

Join us for a cocktail and light bites reception in the atrium, then we’ll adjourn to the Council Chambers for "The DANA Year in Review" presented by DANA President, Jamie Lagarde.

We look forward to kicking off 2010 with you!


Urban Core Happy Hour

Our next Urban Core Happy Hour will be in February. More info to follow.

If you are interested in sponsoring a DANA social networking event in 2010, please contact Lindsay Wiebrand at lindsay@txsunandshade.com.

Follow DANA on Facebook and Twitter…





Commander’s Forum

Tuesday, January 12, 2010
1:00 – 2:30 PM
Mexican American Cultural Center
600 Red River Street
Upstairs Room 212 (map)(transit)

Come hear what APD is working on downtown, as well as voice concerns and ask questions of your own.

DANA Helps Responsible Hospitality Institute with Responsible Giving Campaign

by Marshall Jones

You may remember that I reported in early 2009 on DANA’s participation in the Hospitality Zone Assessment of East 6th Street. Out of these meetings came some very real, very actionable steps that we, as concerned citizens, could take to start cleaning up East 6th Street and the surrounding areas.

One particular area DANA agreed to focus on was raising the funds needed to hire a marketing firm to help people understand the importance of giving to social services to help our neighbors most in need. I am proud to tell you that we are nearly ready to kick-off our campaign! After hiring I&O Marketing, we have performed countless interviews and meetings to consider how to best get this important message across. In the coming weeks and months you will see this campaign in full force, and you have DANA, along with the DAA, 6th Street Austin, ARCH, Caritas, Salvation Army, Norwood Towers and a host of others to thank for this valuable community service!



Downtown Parking Survey

by Larry Schooler

The City of Austin will soon be working with community stakeholders like DANA to discuss ways to manage street parking in the Central Business District. The City will be releasing an online survey, and DANA members are strongly encouraged to participate.

Stay tuned to the DANA website and newsletter for updates on the community input process and let your voice be heard by participating in the survey.

Help DANA Support Caritas

by Lindsay Wiebrand

On the first Friday of each month DANA members get together snd spend a few hours of their time to prepare, cook, and serve lunch to many in need. Monday through Saturday the Caritas Community Kitchen provides free lunches – no questions asked – to over 350 individuals and families.

The Community Kitchen is primarily operated by volunteers and requires many hands to prepare the meals each day. DANA is proud to join our downtown neighbors each month to help those less fortunate. We invite you to join us and serve up a sandwich and a smile!

Our next volunteer date will be Friday, February 5th, 2010. Shifts are from 9am-11am or 11am-1pm. Let us know if you plan to join by contacting Lindsay Wiebrand at lindsay@txsunandshade.com.


Newsletter Sponsorships Now Available

Interested in sharing your services, next event, or promotion with the DANA Membership? Become a DANA Newsletter Sponsor.

Monthly newsletter sponsorships includes one appropriately sized graphic to appear in the copy portion of the newsletter (graphic to be provided by sponsor) and your company name listed in left article bar as one of that month’s newsletter sponsors. Fee: $250 per sponsorship.

Only two newsletter sponsorships opportunities will be available each month. We anticipate these going fast, so get your month lined up early!

For more information and to reserve your newsletter sponsorship contact Samantha Segar at ssegar@downtownaustin.org.


Thank you to this month’s contributors Marshall Jones, Lindsay Wiebrand, Larry Schooler, and Samantha Segar.

DANA’s mission is to improve the quality of life for those who work, live and play downtown. DANA influences decisions that affect downtown, educates and listens to residents and stakeholders about downtown issues that affect them, and fosters a downtown community through social events.


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