DDI Welcomes New Board Member Ray Washburne

We would like to welcome Mr. Ray Washburne to the Downtown Dallas, Inc. Board of Governors. He is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Charter Holdings, and is the former President and Chief Executive Officer of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), a self-sustaining U.S. Government agency that helps American businesses expand into developing markets by providing businesses with tools to manage risks associated with foreign direct investment. Nominated for the OPIC presidency by President Donald J. Trump on June 5, 2017, Mr. Washburne was approved by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on July 27, 2017 and by the full U. S. Senate on August 3, 2017. Mr. Washburne served until February 28, 2019. He currently serves on the President’s Intelligence Advisory Board he was nominated and confirmed by President Trump in May of 2019.


Mr. Washburne has a long history working in business, and has held several executive positions. He co-founded and co-owned M Crowd Restaurant Group, which owns and operates Mi Cocina, Taco Diner, and The Mercury restaurants, with various locations around the U.S. Additionally, he served as the President and Managing Director of Highland Park Village, an upscale shopping plaza in Dallas. He currently serves as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Charter Holdings, a private real estate investment company based in Dallas, Texas.

A graduate with BA from Southern Methodist University, he served as an Adjunct Professor at the University’s Cox School of Business.

Request for Proposals for Pearl Street Medians Landscape Renovations

You are invited to submit a proposal to renovate the medians on Pearl Street in Downtown Dallas, Texas.  Submitters are required to use the official “Project Documents” provided. All proposals are to be submitted as a single document in sealed envelopes or packages showing the project title and proposer’s name and address.

Full RFP can be found HERE.


Proposals shall be submitted to:

Downtown Dallas, Inc., Attn: Laura Tate 901 Main Street, Suite 7100, Dallas, TX 75202


Proposals may also be submitted via email to tate@downtowndallas.com.

The timeline for proposal submissions is as follows:

August 16, 2019 – questions from proposers due

August 23, 2019  – proposals due

September 6, 2019 – estimated date of contract announcement

September 16, 2019 – contract start date

Please note that this letter does not constitute a guarantee on the part of Downtown Dallas, Inc. that a contract will be awarded. No payment will be made for costs incurred in the preparation and submission of a proposal in response to this request.

Should you have any questions concerning the preparation of your proposal, please do not hesitate to contact Laura Tate.

Scooter Safety in Downtown

Our friends at Uptown Dallas, Inc. produced this funny video to remind people about scooter etiquette, safety, and City ordinances. Check it out by clicking here! 

Reminders and tips for safety and etiquette 

  • Riding scooters on the sidewalk is not permitted in most of Downtown or Deep Ellum. See map here 
  • Riders must be 18 years of age. 
  • One rider per scooter. 
  • While helmets are not required, they are strongly suggested for safety reasons. 
  • Scooters are not allowed in parks or on trails. 
  • When done riding, please park your scooter responsibly, working to avoid blocking sidewalks, doorways, or transit stops. BTW – our Clean Team works tirelessly to pick up scooters and move them when they are blocking sidewalks or entryways. Please tell them thank you when you see them.  

For more information – visit City of Dallas dockless vehicles page 

DDI is a strong supporter of alternative mobility options like scooters and encourage riders to be courteous and follow these tips for safetyWe also look forward to collaborating with the scooter companies and the City of Dallas on using ride data to inform our plans for additional protected bike lanes in Downtown.