Downtown Dallas, Inc. Welcomes Amy Tharp as Chief Operations Officer


Downtown Dallas, Inc. Welcomes Amy Tharp as Chief Operating Officer

New role created as a part of DDI’s vision for the future


August 4, 2016 – Downtown Dallas, Inc. (DDI) is thrilled to announce Amy Tharp as the organization’s new Chief Operations Officer (COO).  In March of this year at DDI’s Annual Meeting, CEO John Crawford announced a transition plan that named Kourtny Garrett as President, to become President and CEO January 1, 2017, as Crawford steps into a Vice Chair role.  Along with the leadership transition, Crawford announced a strategic plan to increase the organization’s capacity, responding to the growth and evolution of Downtown Dallas.  The creation of a COO role is a part of that plan, as well as the recent announcement of the addition of Doug Prude as DDI’s Economic Development & Planning Analyst.


As COO, Tharp will work in tandem with the President and CEO to shape DDI’s strategic goals and annual work program, with a specific focus on operational execution.  She will be responsible for enhancing the organization’s processes and infrastructure, as well as serving in an external role to build public-private partnerships.  Tharp will be engaged in public policy, governmental affairs, and economic development initiatives, as well as special programs like bike share and education that enhance Downtown.


“Amy is a perfect fit for this role,” said Kourtny Garrett, President of DDI.  “From working on Capitol Hill to the Chamber and running the second largest Public Improvement District in Dallas, her background is a highly unique marriage of public policy, economic development, community-organization, and organizational administrative management.  We couldn’t be more thrilled to have her as a member of the DDI team.”


Tharp joins DDI with a Bachelor’s of Business Administration & Management Information Systems from Westminster College.  In addition to serving on McKinney Avenue Transit Authority’s Board of Directors for the past four years, she has many years of valuable work experience including time as the Dallas Regional Chamber’s Manager of Public Policy, working for two Senators in Washington, D.C., and most recently as the President & Executive Director of Uptown Dallas, Inc.  Just this year, Tharp was accepted into the Leadership Dallas class of 2016, made The Dallas Business Journal’s 2016 40 Under 40 list, was inducted into the Dallas Assembly, and also welcomed a baby boy with her husband.


“I love what we were accomplishing in Uptown, and the opportunity to continue advocating for urban improvements is exciting.  Momentum is building in Downtown, and there’s never been a better time to be a part of the team making it happen,” said Tharp.



About Downtown Dallas, Inc.
Downtown Dallas, Inc. is the primary advocate, champion, and steward for Downtown, effecting change by developing  strategies, setting targets, and mobilizing resources that:


  • Stimulate a vibrant and sustainable Downtown environment
  • Improve infrastructure
  • Enhance economic competitiveness
  • Create a culturally inclusive urban center
  • Position the area as a global destination


Our program areas include: public safety; capital improvements; maintenance; economic development; public policy; planning/transportation; and marketing.  For more information, visit



Megan Spooner, Marketing Manager
d: 214.744.6651  c: 214.862.4537



New Resource Launched To Help Downtown Dallas by Downtown Resident

Contact: 682-207-8419

For immediate release

New Resource Launched To Help Downtown Dallas

Small Businesses Start And Grow

Dallas, TX (August 3, 2016) – The Small Business Development Initiative (SBDI), an innovative, new

initiative to assist small businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs for starting and growing small businesses

launched programming with local representation in Downtown Dallas today. Small businesses are a critical

component and major contributor to the strength of local economies. In fact, since 1995, small

businesses have generated 64% of new jobs but most resources to help small business owners are

considered inaccessible, impractical, or too expensive.

According to the United States Small Business Administration (SBA), two primary reasons for small business

failure is a lack of business planning and inadequate access to business credit and funding. The SBDI

focuses on these two areas at no cost to qualified participants as funding is provided through a combination

of grants and sponsorships. With access to a minimum of $100,000 of business credit/funding for every

participant, the initiative is positioned to become a critical resource for small businesses in America.

The free SBDI program includes a local Downtown Dallas representative, Ashley D. Stanley, and provides a

turn-key solution for qualified participants including:

 assistance in developing a written business plan;

 guidance in producing monthly financial statements with a volunteer Chief Financial Officer; and

 accessing business credit and cash funding based solely on the company’s EIN without personal

guarantees or use of the owner’s personal credit.

Unlike other governmental and private resources available, the SBDI will assist, at no cost, a wider variety of

businesses without regard to industry, location or stage of business development:

1. Stage One: Existence (key issues include formation, access to business credit, compliance, etc.)

2. Stage Two: Survival (key issues include cash flow and development of clients)

3. Stage Three: Success (key issues including transitioning owner’s role from day to day “working” to


4. Stage Four: Take-Off (key issue again is having adequate financial resources to grow/expand)

5. Stage Five: Resource Maturity


The Small Business Development Initiative (SBDI) was created through the Business Credit Literacy

Initiative. Visit for more information or to get involved.

July 12th Traffic Update

Due to the Presidential visit and police memorial service at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, expect road closures in the Dallas Arts District area on Tuesday, July 12th between 5:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Consider alternative routes to gain access to your office or residence.  No additional information is available.

Despite delays and road closures, Downtown businesses are open and we encourage you to support them.

Press Release: Dallas County Buildings to Open Monday, July 11, 2016

Please note this most recent information regarding Downtown traffic operations for Monday, July 11. Here is a link with a map of street closures and traffic circulation plans, Below is a release from Dallas County regarding the opening of several County buildings. We will continue to keep you apprised as we receive updates.

July 10, 2016
Press Release: Dallas County Buildings to Open Monday, July 11, 2016
Dallas – The following county buildings will be open for business on Monday, July 11, 2016:

George L. Allen Sr. Civil Courts Bldg.
600 Commerce St.
Dallas, Texas 75202

Old Red Museum
100 S. Houston St.
Dallas, Texas 75202

Dallas County Administration Bldg.
411 Elm St.
Dallas, Texas 75202

Dallas County Records Building
509 Main St.
Dallas, Texas 75202

All of the above buildings will be open for regular business hours. Jurors summoned to George Allen for jury duty are expected to report for service as specified by the instructions on the original notice they received in the mail.

Contact: Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins


A Message from Downtown Dallas, Inc.

Downtown Dallas, Inc. expresses our deepest condolences to the Dallas police officers and their families who have been  impacted by last night’s tragedy. We are grateful for our men and women of the Dallas Police Department (DPD), DART Police Department, El Centro Police, and Downtown Safety Patrol who were onsite and risked their lives to keep citizens safe and are now working tirelessly to investigate this horrific event. We also commend the emergency response professionals for their swift actions in attempting to save the lives of those who protect us every day. 

Currently, DPD is processing the crime scene and much of the area is inaccessible. The area from Record Street to Griffin Street and Ross Avenue to Commerce Street will be restricted to law enforcement only on Friday and potentially through the weekend. This includes Main Street and Elm Street from Griffin Street to Record Street. DART is operating, but will not be stopping at the West End Station. Downtown Safety Patrol is patrolling in two man teams assisting the DPD throughout the weekend. Please follow @dallaspd and @dartmedia on Twitter for the most up to date information. You can also find out more information at

There are grief counselors available at the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library (1515 Young Street – 1st floor) today from 11:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and a “Together We Stand” forum is planned tonight at Concord Church at 6808 Pastor Bailey Dr., Dallas, TX 75237. 

For those wishing to donate, please contact the Assist the Officer Foundation at

A Dallas Multifaith Unity Prayer Service will take place at Thanks-Giving Square at noon. 


Dallas Police Department –


City of Dallas –

Assist the Officer Foundation –

Downtown Public Safety Community Action Plan – Status Updates 6.6.16

As you know, we hosted a Downtown Public Safety Meeting in January following a series of incidents that heightened concerns about public safety in our community. Coming out of that meeting, we facilitated crafting a Community Action Plan, summarizing the top priorities from residents, businesses owners and additional stakeholders. We also held a follow up meeting on February 15th, where the Dallas Police Department (DPD) announced they had caught and arrested the perpetrators from the Davis building incident, as well as implemented a panhandling initiative aimed at aggressive and repeat quality of life offenders.

As continued follow up, please find status updates related to the Community Action Plan below.  Please feel free to reach out to us with any questions, concerns or additional contributions.