Duties of the SLO Downtown Association

The Downtown Association primarily serves its members in the areas of Parking, Promotions, Design, Economic Activities, Food, Beverage & Services and Thursday Night Promotions. (See our Committee Page) Committees are comprised of business owners, employees and the public at large. The 11-member Board of Directors is comprised of business owners, managers and ex-officio members representing finance, media and not for profits.

The Downtown Association is a voluntary member run organization, with the exception of the staff.  The businesses are their own guide and determine the ultimate direction of the Downtown Association.

The Board of Directors hires an administrator who is responsible for carrying out the directive of the committees, overseeing the budget, maintaining relationships with City Hall, members, other state and community organizations and the media.

The administrator also serves as the Main St. Manager and oversees the activities of the staff. The Thursday Night Promotions Coordinator is responsible for coordinating the highly popular Farmers’ Market activities.  The Promotions Coordinator manages all promotions that occur in the Downtown area; including Concerts in the Plaza, Hallowe’en activities, Holiday Happenings and much more.

The office manager runs the daily nuts and bolts of a busy office including phones, letters, errands, working with the public and mounds of paperwork as well as much of our print and media design.

Great American Main Street Award Winner

San Luis Obispo, California was awarded The Great American Main Street Award in 1999 by the National Trust For Historic Preservation. Since 1995, this esteemed award has been presented to five US Cities each year, recognizing them for their successful preservation-based downtown revivals.

San Luis Obispo Downtown Association

1108 Garden Street, Suite 210
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Phone: (805) 541-0286
Fax: (805) 781-2647
SLODA@DowntownSLO.com

DOWNTOWN AMBASSADORS
(805) 458-5153

Old SLO Trolley

Trolley service is provided from both of the parking structures and at convenient locations within the Downtown core approximately every 15 minutes. The fare is 50 cents. Hours of operation are:

  • Thursdays - 5 PM to 9 PM - Year Round
  • Fridays - 5 PM to 9 PM - June-Labor Day
  • Saturday - 5 PM to 9 PM - April - October

Click here for the Trolley and City bus schedule.