Downtown Special Services, Inc.

The Red Shirts and Downtown Information Team are operated by Downtown Special Services, Inc. (DSSI), a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) corporation. DSSI is governed by an 11-member Board of Directors and a 20-person Membership and is managed under contract by the Rochester Downtown Development Corporation.

The program is funded by a “special assessment district”, for which the City levies an annual service charge on district properties – more than 350 located within the Inner Loop, High Falls, Kodak Office, and Frontier Field areas. Budgets are approved each year by the DSSI Board and Membership, and then formally authorized by the Rochester City Council.