Transforming Business Leaders
Into City Builders

The Downtown Denver Leadership Program is a unique opportunity to foster professional relationships while lending your voice to projects that will strengthen Denver's core for years to come.

About the Program

The Downtown Denver Partnership’s Downtown Denver Leadership Program develops Downtown Denver’s future leaders, educates participants about the economic importance of Downtown Denver, informs participants about the unique leadership opportunities and challenges that exist in a Downtown environment, and engages participants in creating the Downtown Denver of the future.

About the Participants

The 90 participants selected for the Downtown Denver Leadership Program represent a cross-section of metro area employees and public, private and non-profit employers, and have demonstrated a strong commitment to the community, a passion for Downtown Denver, as well as interest in building their leadership skills in both their professional and personal lives.

Apply to be part of the 2020 DDLP Class Today!

Building Connections Through Play. Applications are open for the 2020 Downtown Denver Leadership Program! This year, the class project is centered around building connections through play. Don't let the title fool you -- playgrounds can be more than just a place for kids to get their energy out. Urban playgrounds, play spaces and collaborative public spaces can foster health and well being in area residents, employees and visitors; they can also make us more creative and inspire critical thinking. Don't miss the opportunity to make an impact on our center city alongside other established leaders in Downtown Denver. The application period closes on December 20, 2019, apply today!

The 2020 class project:
Building Connections Through Play

Playgrounds can bring out the child in all of us, but all “playgrounds” don’t have to be just for children.  How can building a city of fun, approachable and inviting experiences bring our community together and improve our city’s livability?  This year’s Leadership Program class project will build upon the inspiration of the Partnership’s recent Urban Exploration trip to Copenhagen where trip participants discovered that innovation, inclusion and economic vitality can also be fostered through experiencing public spaces together. 

Leadership Program participants will build connections with a diverse array of Downtown Denver stakeholders – from students to property owners – to create a set of inspiring and impactful encounters that will give all of us a new way to experience Downtown Denver.  Participants will organize themselves into small groups to study the project and prepare a presentation detailing their recommendations to the community at a forum in November 2020.

Past Class Projects

2019 | The Greening of Downtown Denver

2018 | Civic Center Station: Convergence of Mobility, Development & Placemaking
2017 | The 5280 Trail: Linking Neighborhoods, Connecting People
2016 | The 16th Street Mall: A Space in Transition
2015 | Creating a 24/7 City – Growing Downtown’s Residential Population
2014 | Tactical Urbanism – Transforming Spaces into Places
2013 | Engaging the Next Generation of City Builders
2012 | The Downtown Area Plan – Five Years Later
2011 | Work Well, Live Well: Making Downtown Denver the Healthiest Workplace in America
2010 | We Create Denver: Positioning Denver as the Creative Capital of the Rocky Mountain West
2009 | The Space Between the Buildings: Activating Downtown’s Open Spaces
2008 | Putting Our Best Foot Forward: Enhancing Downtown’s Pedestrian Environment
2007 | Mission Possible: Greener Denver Businesses
2006 | You Can Get There From Here! Solving Connectivity Issues Between Auraria & Downtown Denver
2005 | Recruiting and Retaining the Best for DPS