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Who We Are

The Downtown Tucson Partnership, or DTP, is a nonprofit, 501 (c)(6) corporation created in 1998 to implement enhanced municipal services for the downtown Business Improvement District (BID).



Downtown Tucson Partnership strives to be the catalyst for making Downtown Tucson the place people want to live, work, and play; where new ideas happen; and that is the economic development and cultural epicenter of the region.


Downtown Tucson is a downtown for everyone – an eclectic, beautiful, fun, accessible, pedestrian- and bike-friendly district that embraces diversity. It is the Southwest’s premier urban hub for living, dining, retail, business, art, entertainment, and both historic and contemporary architecture.



Business Improvement District

The Downtown Tucson Business Improvement District, or BID, is a 54 block area comprised of 392 parcel properties in the heart of Tucson's urban core. It was approved and funded by property owners in 1998 pursuant to state statute.

Learn more about the BID →



The Downtown Ambassadors, known to many Tucsonans as the “purple people” because of their distinct purple uniforms, provide enhanced maintenance, beautification, business assistance and safety initiatives to the BID. The Ambassadors not only perform a number of maintenance & safety duties, they are Certified Tourism Ambassadors who are encouraged to meet with local business owners, downtown employees, welcome visitors to downtown and provide helpful wayfinding information to all.

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Board of Directors

The Partnership’s activities and expenditures are governed by a diverse Board of Directors comprised of downtown property owners and businesses, leaders of nonprofit stakeholders, and representatives of the Partnership’s primary partners, the City of Tucson, Rio Nuevo and Pima County. DTP’s Board has several advisory committees that offer opportunities for the involvement of the general public. DTP welcomes the input of downtown’s diverse stakeholders and the wider community. Board meetings are open to the general public.

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The small but dynamic DTP team is agile, enthusiastic and creative in their tireless pursuit to make Downtown Tucson a welcoming, safe and vibrant community for all.

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Committees and Councils

The Downtown Tucson Partnership’s Board has several committees and councils, which offer opportunities for the involvement of the general public; we welcome the input of downtown’s diverse stakeholders and the wider community.

View our Committees and Councils →


Contact Us →

Downtown Tucson Partnership
100 N. Stone Avenue, Suite 101
Tucson, AZ 85701

Office: (520) 268-9030

Downtown Ambassadors:
(520) 940-1038
In case of emergency, call 911 immediately.