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.

The Downtown Denver Leadership Program, an exclusive opportunity for Downtown Denver Partnership Members, provides an intense immersion in urban issues, policies and practices through an annual project that challenges the participants’ ability to research, analyze and collaborate. Throughout the work on the project, participants are also challenged to set goals and enhance their skills as leaders.

The Downtown Denver Leadership Program 2018 class project is
Civic Center Station: Convergence of Mobility, Development & Placemaking.

RTD has recently completed a multi-million dollar renovation of Civic Center Station. While the station serves as an important multi-modal connection for Downtown Denver commuters, residents and visitors, it also provides much needed public spaces, as well as an important visual connection between the heart of Downtown Denver, the 16th Street Mall, and the Colorado Capitol building.In 2018, the Leadership Program class project will focus on recommending a semi-permanent vision for the 20,000 square feet of developable open space that remains at Civic Center Station between the renovated station and Colfax Avenue. Through the lens of the 2018 program’s focus, participants will learn about mobility, development, and placemaking, and how these elements work together to build a premier downtown.

Past Class Projects

2017 | The 5280 Loop: 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

Thank you to our 2018 Sponsors:

Leadership Sponsor

Supporting Sponsors