After Springfield was founded in 1838, what we now call Downtown was quickly established as the cultural and economic hub of the Ozarks region. This remained true until the 1970s, when our urban center began a downward slide.
Fortunately, we can thank the work of many dedicated downtowners over the past 25 years for the renaissance of Springfield’s original neighborhood.
We still have a long way to go to see the vision realized. That’s why we want to invite you to become a member of the Downtown Springfield Association. We need your help, and your voice.
Because we’re not done yet … in fact, we’re only getting started.
SET YOURSELF APART. The DSA focuses on what makes our downtown unique. Business owners collectively organize events to enhance promotion of the shopping, dining, art, entertainment and services experience.
GET THE WORD OUT. We take pride in keeping both our members and our community up to date on all the latest in downtown Springfield. As a member, you will always be kept in the loop with regular e-mail updates and our popular monthly mixers, when we visit a Downtown business, share news, and connect with our neighbors.
Our base membership rate for businesses, a Civic Membership will get you:
1) Access to DSA committees
2) Invitation to our Annual Meeting
3) Eligibility for the Downtown Business Spotlight series
Our enhanced business membership includes all of the benefits of a Civic Membership, plus:
1) Featured at a Downtown Mixer (blast mentions and brief presentation opportunity)
2) Highlighted as a Visionary Member at DSA events throughout the year
3) Recognized at DSA Annual Meeting
If you live Downtown, or are a fan of the neighborhood and want to show your support, our Individual Membership will get you:
1) Invitation to DSA Annual Meeting
2) Opportunity to serve on Downtown Residential Committee, which we’re planning to launch in the current Fiscal Year, 2016.
The DSA hosts a monthly networking mixer on the second Tuesday of each month, which circulates between various downtown businesses. A new topic is highlighted along with news and updates of Downtown happenings. These mixers are free. Please join us, and feel free to bring a friend you would like to introduce to the area.
A handful of annual events serve as major fundraisers for the Downtown Springfield Association. These include Taste of Springfield, which features the best of the local dining scene, and the annual Downtown Christmas Parade, which is a highlight of the holiday season in Springfield and the Ozarks. All DSA events offer an opportunity to volunteer and get to know your fellow downtowners!