CityRise: Transforming Business Leaders Into City Builders

CityRise educates and empowers civic leaders by providing a platform of programming that focuses on relationship building, professional development and awareness of key issues impacting Downtown Denver. The Downtown Denver Leadership Program is now part of CityRise. Stay tuned for more information on upcoming CityRise programs, events, and engagement opportunities.

About Downtown Denver Leadership 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.

The 2021 Class Project | Creating Community: Restoring Our Social Fabric Through the Public Realm focused on answering the question of how we, as city builders, safely move forward through the post-pandemic world in a way that activates the public realm in our center city and supports our economy.  DDLP Class Participants learned about the role of Downtown Denver's activations and public art and consider how "design nudges" can subtly play a role in dismantling systemic injustices, as well as encourage community dialogue. If you are interested in applying for the 2022, you can preview this year's application packet here (we are no longer accepting applications).

About Project Propel

CityRise’s Project Propel is a fast-paced, deep-dive program that offers emerging city builders necessary and strategic skills needed to help shape the future of Downtown Denver. Through two cohorts each year, this competitive program offers real professional experience in navigating the triumphs and pitfalls of important urban projects that are designed to better our center city for the benefit of all. Get a leg up on personal and professional development, grow your network, lead with grace, and become the next generation of Center City Leaders with this immersive experience for urban visionaries.

Apply now to be part of the second cohort of Denver's rising urban visionaries as we launch Project Propel, an initiative of CityRise. Project Propel is a fast-paced, deep dive program offering two cohorts each year to help emerging city-builders sharpen strategic skills while working on collaborative projects that are shaping Downtown Denver. Get more information and apply before the extended deadline on September 10.

A huge thank you to the sponsors supporting CityRise Programming:

Downtown Denver Leadership Program (DDLP)

Leadership Sponsor


Project Sponsor


Session Sponsors

Project Propel

Cohort Sponsor