Downtown Denver Partnership Sets Goals for the Next Year

On August 1st, the Downtown Denver Partnership welcomed new leadership and announced its priorities for the coming year at the 58th Annual Meeting presented by Grant Thornton. A record number of 900 attendees representing members, elected officials and other City leaders gained a unique perspective on the things that make Downtown Denver thrive through the recognition and reflection of past achievements and upcoming projects and initiatives.

The Partnership’s Goals and Vision for 2013-2014

Tami Door, President & CEO for the Downtown Denver Partnership, spoke about the Partnership’s goals and vision for the next year stating, “the Downtown Denver Partnership has been City Building since 1955 and through nearly six decades of work on a multitude of initiatives, the Partnership has learned three things are certain: great cities; are defined by their Downtowns; great Downtowns do not happen by accident; and it takes a community of committed leaders with bold ideas to affect change.”

Some of the major announcements from Door included:

  1. Southwest Airlines and the Partnership will work together again this year to bring the Southwest Rink at Skyline Park back to Downtown for its fourth season.
  2. The Partnership is creating a platform to engage people around urbanism.  Through a new initiative called City Build, the Partnership will provide a stronger voice for millenials in the evolution of Downtown Denver.
  3. The Partnership will continue to work closely with the City and County of Denver and the Regional Transit District on renovations to the nation’s premier pedestrian transit area, the 16th Street Mall.
  4. The Partnership will work to spur development and showcase Arapahoe Square to potential investors and developers.
  5. The Partnership will create a culture of entrepreneurship and innovation through the second Denver Startup Week and by partnering with the City and the Colorado Technology Association on the creation of an innovation center in Downtown Denver to educate and support entrepreneurs.
  6. The Partnership will continue to focus on streetscaping efforts throughout the city in order to attract development and economic activity in Downtown. Efforts include connecting Downtown with the Auraria Campus; enhancing the areas along Wynkoop and 21st Streets and greening initiatives along the 16th Street Mall.

Board Chairs

Downtown Denver Partnership Inc.

2013-2014 Chairwoman: Elbra Wedgeworth, Denver Health
Chairman Elect: David Kenney, The Kenney Group Inc.

Downtown Denver Inc.

2013-2014 Chairman: Walter Isenberg, Sage Hospitality

Denver Civic Ventures

2013-2014 Chairman: Joe Vostrejs, Larimer Associates LLC


At the Annual Meeting, the Partnership recognized several board members and organizations that made significant contributions to the Partnership’s programs and initiatives over the last year, including:

Honorary Partner Award

Evan Makovsky, Co-Founder and Managing Partner of NAI Shames Makovsky. Read full bio.

Volunteer of the Year Award

Brianna Borin, Director of People for Snooze Am Eatery. Read full bio.

Volunteer of the Year Award

Rob Cohen, Chairman and CEO of The IMA Financial Group. Read full bio.

Volunteer of the Year Award

Roland Lyon, Vice President of Regional Strategy and Performance for Kaiser Permanente-Colorado. Read full bio.

President’s Award

Downtown Denver Expeditionary School, read more here.

Downtown Denver Partnership Annual Report

To read a full report of the Downtown Denver Partnership’s accomplishments from the 2012-2013 fiscal year and learn about the goals for the 2013-2014 fiscal year, download the annual report here.

Annual Meeting City Builders Video

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