About the Alliance

Ensuring a vibrant, flourishing downtown is the primary mission of the Downtown Knoxville Alliance. Formed in 1993 as a Central Business Improvement District (CBID), the district encompasses a .67 square mile area. Property owners within the designated area pay a special assessment that is used to make improvements, enhance services and promote downtown. Regardless of the initiative, our focus is clear – create the best experience possible to attract and retain a thriving community of residents, businesses, and visitors in Downtown Knoxville.


Membership is limited to individuals, businesses and organizations who own property within the central business district. Bylaws can be viewed here. 


The special assessment district covers approximately .67 square miles in the core of downtown – Volunteer Landing to the Southern Railway tracks north of Jackson in the Old City, and 11th Street west of the Knoxville Art Museum to Hall of Fame Drive. Download a map.

Board of Directors and Committees

An active board of directors and standing committees focus on five principle areas: development, quality of life, marketing and events, residential, and business support. 

Board Directors are elected for three-year terms and are eligible to serve two terms, if elected. Nominations can be made at any time by emailing the name and contact information of a nominee to [email protected]. Nominations for FY 2020-2021 will be accepted via email until May 10, 2020. Members will elect one (1) stakeholder and (1) business representative at the June 2020 Annual Meeting.

The Alliance relies on the energies and vision of community volunteers to develop and execute its plans and programs. Anyone with an interest in the future of Downtown Knoxville is encouraged to attend a board meeting or join a committee. For information on committees, please contact Michele Hummel at [email protected].