Founded in 1958 by David Rockefeller, the Downtown-Lower Manhattan Association (D-LMA) is a membership organization of key Downtown stakeholders committed to a vibrant business community below Canal Street. It serves as a networking platform for senior corporate and non-profit executives, as well as a public policy forum and powerful advocate for Lower Manhattan.
In the early years, this meant activating the corporate community to reinvigorate Lower Manhattan through paradigm-shifting public projects and prescient private development. The D-LMA expanded the classic notion of a world-class business district with calls for housing, schools, and parkland in the 1993 Lower Manhattan Plan, and the creation of the largest Business Improvement District in North America, the Alliance for Downtown New York.
“Our early efforts to breathe life into a moribund Downtown community have succeeded beyond our wildest expectations, and Lower Manhattan’s best days are still ahead.”
- David Rockefeller, Founding Chairman (2008)
Since September 11, 2001, the D-LMA has worked closely with community and government leaders to rebuild and modernize Lower Manhattan’s infrastructure. Most recently, the D-LMA has led the charge for the Fulton Street Transit Center and for public projects, policies and reforms that advance Lower Manhattan as a location of choice for the current and next generation of businesses, opinion makers and investors.
The D-LMA has partnered with prominent organizations like ABNY, REBNY, CBC and RPA with a singularity of purpose – to preserve, prepare and promote Lower Manhattan as a great place to do business.