2020 will be a year we won’t soon forget.
Like many of you, we have had to adapt in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic and ensuing economic crisis. As local public health orders went into effect in mid-March, we amended our operations and staff protocols in order to ensure the health and safety of our personnel as well as the entire downtown district. Our team pivoted to connecting local businesses with much-needed resources and assistance.
The senseless killing of George Floyd at the hands of a police officer in Minneapolis on May 25th, 2020, sparked nationwide protests calling for long- overdue reforms to the criminal justice system. We were proud to stand with our community in peaceful protest. We looked inward at our makeup and began redesigning our organization to reflect the community we serve.
There is no doubt that 2020 has brought its fair share of challenges, but we have learned how our Downtown may grow and thrive in this unfamiliar moment in responding to these challenges. Our new disinfecting protocols have resulted in a district that is cleaner than it has ever been. The calls for social justice manifested in our public art projects and virtual programming, raising the voices of local BIPOC and LGBTQ+ people. We launched our new Main Street Business program to preserve and empower local businesses downtown in the face of unprecedented economic hardship.
Challenging times have a way of revealing what is truly important. We move forward from 2020, affirmed in the belief that, together with our community, we can create a prosperous and welcoming downtown for all of San Antonio to call home.
In 2021, we have premiered programming which is both safe and inspiring. We have expanded the impact and scope of the marquee initiatives born in 2020 including Art Everywhere, Main Street Business, and Urban Activation. We are preparing to re-launch our membership program to build community and support for our initiatives. In the report below, you will see our impact described and measured. There is no way, however, to properly measure the outpouring of support and collaboration we have enjoyed from the community. We remain committed to you.
Matt Brown, CEO