Every year, more than 100 business and civic leaders participate in the Downtown...
CityLead: Urban Exploration
CityLead is offered exclusively to Downtown Denver Partnership members who are looking to make a meaningful impact on the economic vitality of Downtown Denver and the Center City. Current CityLead programs include Urban Exploration and the Downtown Denver Awards Jury Experience Stay tuned for more information on upcoming CityLead programs, events, and engagement opportunities.
It takes leadership and vision to rally a community, identify opportunities, face challenges, and solve problems. And, in order to create change we know we must be open and willing to learn from each other — that’s why we created the Urban Exploration program.
Since 2008, we’ve been bringing together the public and private sectors. City leaders and business leaders. People from our downtown and people from theirs. We believe that the only way to continue building and growing Downtown Denver is to learn from people who are facing the same challenges we are in their respective cities. Who have already solved ‘that’ problem. Who can guide us in our pursuit to build an economically vibrant, healthy, and growing center city.
Using the 2007 Downtown Area Plan to guide the itinerary and foundation of each trip — we focus on real issues that are facing our city; infrastructure, economic development, transit and transportation and public-private partnerships. The result is real inspiration leading to action as we build a great city.
2022 Urban Exploration Trip Details
June 12 – 15, 2022
The Downtown Denver Partnership will lead approximately 150 Downtown Denver business leaders, elected officials and key City staff members on its 14th annual Urban Exploration trip to Mexico City in 2022. The city embodies the authentic public life in the streets that Downtown Denver aspires to, with innovative retail, makers, collaborative space, and artistic and cultural uses that provide inspiration for socialization and shared experiences. With over 22% of metro-Denver of Latino descent and a quick connection in a 3.5 direct flight from Denver, studying Mexico City creates tremendous opportunity for future collaboration, offers the opportunity to reframe Denver’s conversation about inclusivity, and allows the Urban Exploration program attendees to play a proactive role in cultural education.
The 2022 Urban Exploration trip will continue to provide an opportunity for community leaders to network and immerse themselves in an educational setting where they will learn about city building principles from civic leaders.
The Urban Exploration 2022 application process opens on January 10th and closes on January 28th. Downtown Denver Partnership members in good standing and business leaders involved in projects related to the implementation of the Downtown Area Plan are strongly encouraged to apply to attend. Accepted participants will be notified by February 11, 2022Questions? Itinerary Overview
Limited sponsorship opportunities remain available. Please connect with Aylene McCallum at firstname.lastname@example.org for sponsorship inquiries.
Previously Explored Cities:
2013 – Toronto
2012 – Chicago
2011 – Philadelphia
2010 – Vancouver
2009 – Washington, D.C.
2008 – Portland
Lessons from one of the world’s most bicycle-friendly cities
Piep and Jack, on the Bicycle Colorado our policy team and attendees of the Downtown Denver Partnership’s Denver Urban Exploration trip, spent June 11-14 in one of the world’s most bicycle-friendly cities—Copenhagen. Read their reflections of how Copenhagen made conscious, thoughtful decisions to create one of the world’s most livable cities.Read More
Urban Exploration Reflections
As city builders, we know that one of the best ways to build...
By Piep van Heuven and Jack Todd of Bicycle Colorado Denver Urban Exploration...