Making Progress Possible

With an unparalleled bias for action, we proactively advocate for transformative city planning and legislation that helps ensure Denver remains a vibrant, world-class city.

Working collaboratively with our partners, including the City and County of Denver, we advocate for policies that facilitate establishing Downtown Denver as one of the most economically powerful center cities in the country. We work to ensure that legislative and ballot issues and City policies positively impact our Members and all downtown businesses.

Together, we make progress possible.

 

Plastic Bag Legislation:
Councilwoman Kendra Black and Councilwoman Debbie Ortega successfully passed a bill to reduce the use of single-use shopping bags and encourage sustainable habits citywide. The bill proposes a $.10 fee on plastic and paper bags in retail stores. The Downtown Denver Partnership Board has officially taken a position of support and we look forward to working with Councilwomen Black and Ortega and other members of City Council as this bill moves forward. Learn more about what’s next for this ordinance.

Denver Citywide Minimum Wage:
In November, Denver City Council passed a bill setting Denver’s first-ever citywide minimum wage. The Partnership worked closely with our partners at the City of Denver to share feedback gathered from Members and stakeholders. Learn more about the new minimum wage bill, which went into effect on January 1, 2020.

Common Consumption Areas:
In 2011, the Colorado legislatures passed a bill giving municipalities the ability to allow for common consumption areas. Since that legislation passed, the Partnership has been working with the City and downtown property owners and restaurateurs to explore the potential benefits and logistics associated with these special types of districts. In November, Denver City Council approved a five-year pilot program for common consumption areas. Learn more.

 

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Previous Policy Advocacy Successes

With an unparalleled bias for action, we proactively advocate for transformative city planning and legislation that helps ensure Denver remains a vibrant, world-class city. The Downtown Denver Partnership has successfully advocated for these and other important policies and initiatives.

Downtown Denver Partnership Policy News

Apr 16th 2020

Public Realm Council

Chaired by Jon Gambrill of Gensler, the Public Realm council focuses on improving...