The Downtown Destination committee partnered with many to work and see downtown grow!  They were thankful for the financial support of many organizations that have made downtown projects and events possible, including The Hormel Foundation, the City of Austin, Hormel Foods, The Hormel Historic Home, Piggy Blues BBQ, Everything Hobby, Accentra Credit Union, US Bank, Wells Fargo, and Farmers and Merchants State Bank.

The work will continue through evolving initiatives that are being developed through community collaborations.

Past accomplishments

  • Supported the renovation of the old bank building on Main and 2nd to make way for the new Austin ArtWorks Center.
  • Supported and facilitated the relocation of the new SPAM Museum to downtown. Tens of thousands of visitors will now flow right through the heart of Austin and increase traffic at our restaurants and retail establishments.
  • Created two new annual events downtown - Summer Kickoff and Fall Fest - which feature free music and entertainment for the whole family. These events regularly draw hundreds of spectators to downtown Austin.
  • Supported the work of the Austin Main Street Project on exterior building renovations.  Leftover funds were utilized to operate a rent reimbursement program in 2015-16, which supported new businesses downtown: Everything Hobby, and Life Safety 4-U.