The mission of the Rochester Downtown Alliance is: “To be a unique, vibrant, urban experience – a central gathering place – for the community that is attractive, inviting, fun and livable.”
The Rochester Downtown Alliance is a Minnesota nonprofit corporation comprised of a broad range of people—representing property owners, business leaders, the city and others with a direct stake in enhanced business and economic development conditions in the Downtown district (click for special service district boundaries map).
We work together to build a vibrant Downtown community. We believe a strong core positively impacts the greater city of Rochester. Through a series of special events, activities and initiatives, we create energy, excitement, and a unique character to Downtown Rochester, Minnesota.
Our main portfolio of events includes SocialICE - Rochester, MN's Ice Bar, Thursdays on first & 3rd Summer Market & Music Festival, Dogs Downtown, Fall Fest, and more. Rochester Downtown Alliance also collaborates with a number of partners on a variety of events and activities throughout the year.
Rochester Downtown Alliance was formed in February 2005 as a public/private partnership after a year-long study by the Downtown Planning Task Force known as PUMA. The concluding remarks of the study confirmed: “A vital downtown is needed for a vital Rochester!”
Rochester Downtown Alliance is funded by a portion of property taxes paid by commercial property owners located in the downtown service district. The special service district is comprised of 44 blocks.