Urban Exploration

An opportunity for business leaders to connect, build relationships and learn more about key urban issues.

The Downtown Denver Partnership believes that we can learn a great deal from the successes of other downtowns throughout the world. For this reason, we created the Urban Exploration Program in 2008, bringing city leaders and business leaders in Downtown Denver together to learn about the best practices of other cities.

The 2007 Downtown Area Plan – the 20-year vision for Downtown Denver’s development – provides the foundation upon which the trip is organized. In addition, the trip provides a wonderful opportunity for these community leaders to network and immerse themselves in an educational setting where they can learn about infrastructure, economic development, transit and transportation and public private partnerships in other cities.

2019 Urban Exploration Trip Details
Copenhagen, Denmark | Tuesday, June 11, 2019 to Saturday, June 15, 2019

The Downtown Denver Partnership will lead approximately 120 Downtown Denver business leaders, elected officials, and key City staff members on its 12th annual Urban Exploration Trip to Copenhagen, Denmark. For our first trip abroad, the 2019 Urban Exploration program will look at Copenhagen through the three learning lenses of:

  • Livability
  • Equity
  • Economic Innovation

The group will study Copenhagen’s inspirational story of how it got to where it is today; how it went from an auto-oriented city to one that prioritizes people first and acknowledges that growth and quality of life go hand in hand. The trip provides a wonderful opportunity for community leaders to network and immerse themselves in an educational setting where they can learn about city building principles.

Downtown Denver Partnership members in good standing and top-level business leaders involved in projects related to Downtown Denver and the implementation of the Downtown Area Plan are strongly encouraged to attend. Participants are expected to attend the entire trip.

For questions about the Downtown Denver Partnership’s Urban Exploration program, please contact Aylene McCallum at amccallum@downtowndenver.com.

Application Process

The 2019 Urban Exploration application process will open on January 7, 2019 and close on January 25, 2019.

Registration Fee

The registration fee for the 2019 Urban Exploration Trip is $5,500 (or $4,500 for nonprofit and government employees). The fee covers all programmed activities and nearly every meal during the formal trip itinerary, a private hotel room for four nights, staffing, briefing materials and transportation within Copenhagen.  The registration fee does not cover airfare, travel to/from the airport, meals before or after the formal trip itinerary, and incidentals like taxi fares and tips.

Travel Information

Please do not make travel plans until you have received a confirmation letter that you have been selected to attend the 2019 Urban Exploration trip.

Guest Policy and Fees

Guest policies and fees will be shared by January 7, 2019.

Important Dates

Additional trip-related dates and programs will be announced by January 7, 2019. Attendance at all trip-related meetings is STRONGLY encouraged.

Cancellation Policy

All cancellations must be made in writing and emailed to Aylene McCallum at amccallum@downtowndenver.com.

Additional cancellation policy details and deadlines will be announced by January 7, 2019.

2019 Urban Exploration Sponsors

Presenting Sponsor
Husch Blackwell

Host Sponsor
AECOM | CRL Associates | Harris Law Firm | JE Dunn | JLL | Thornton Tomasetti

Hospitality Sponsor
Sewald Hanfling Public Affairs

Lanyard Sponsor
Kaplan Kirsch Rockwell

Supporting Sponsor
Dig Studio | Fulenwider | HKS Architects | McWhinney | Newmark Knight Frank | Shears Adkins Rockmore

Limited sponsorship opportunities are still available. If you are interested, please contact Aylene McCallum at amccallum@downtowndenver.com


2019 Urban Exploration Destination: Copenhagen, Denmark

Previously Explored Cities:

2018 – Los Angeles
2017 – Portland
2016 – Downtown Brooklyn
2015 – San Francisco
2014 – Seattle
2013 – Toronto
2012 – Chicago
2011 – Philadelphia
2010 – Vancouver
2009 – Washington, D.C.
2008 – Portland