City of Odessa Ends Funding to Downtown Odessa, Inc-Returns as an Independent Nonprofit Corporation

Odessa, Texas/March 18, 2024-Odessa, Texas/March 18, 2024-During a recent meeting of the Odessa City Council, City Manager John Beckmeyer presented a resolution to the council to cut the funding and support to Downtown Odessa, Inc. and removing the organization from the City of Odessa. 

(John Beckmeyer, City Manager-City of Odessa, Texas) 

Downtown Odessa, Inc was originally called Main Street Odessa, a non-profit Corporation that presented 

events downtown that included the summer bash 4th of July center piece Firecracker Fandango. The organization is currently located inside Municiple Plaza. A previous Odessa City Council Administration brought the non-profit corporation to the City of Odessa as a department. It is unknown if Downtown Odessa, Inc., will be able to remain at Municiple Plaza. 

(John Beckmeyer, City Manager-City of Odessa, Texas) 

Several longtime Odessa residents that included a Downtown Odessa, Inc Board 

member and a Downtown Odessa business owner voiced their support of Downtown Odessa, Inc as a City department. 


(Business Owner) 

(Board Member) 

There is a Task Force made up of several City of Odessa department heads that include the Communications Director are now looking at unessential programs within the Odessa Police Department. 

For DRB Media Communications Digital News, Danny Barrera 




Author: Danny Barrera

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