City Scout Program

The Downtown Denver Partnership’s City Scout Program brings Downtown Denver stakeholders to another city to conduct a deep-dive on a project or initiative that is highly relevant to a specific project we are advancing in Downtown Denver.

Launched in 2023, this new destination-based program aims to create opportunities for high-impact learning, peer-to-peer connection, and concrete takeaways that build momentum and advance our work in a specific project area related to downtown.

More than just a program, City Scout is an unparalleled opportunity to be at the forefront of urban development in Denver and influence tangible projects that will shape the future of Downtown Denver for generations to come.

In 2023, our successful inaugural program hosted fifty Downtown Denver decision makers, project managers, and community stakeholders to the Indianapolis Cultural Trail to experience a multimodal trail in a downtown environment to support the important advancement of the 5280 Trail in Denver.

City Scout 2024

Our 2024 destination is Calgary—a city ahead of its time in its pioneering approach to reducing office vacancies and increasing vibrancy downtown. Calgary first experienced widespread office vacancy in 2014 when oil prices crashed, and office workers did not return. As a result, Calgary has had a head start in addressing their vacancy crisis, offering Denverites a glimpse into the future as we stand at the cusp of a transformative period for Downtown Denver.

We go to Calgary to learn about their progress to-date in implementing their office conversion incentive program and making bold investments in downtown neighborhoods.

In partnership with ULI Colorado, the Downtown Denver Partnership will bring approximately 60 Downtown Denver decision-makers, project managers, and community stakeholders to Calgary to identify near-term actions and practical solutions that we can bring back to Denver to shape the forthcoming 2024 Downtown Area Plan update and Denver’s office conversion strategy. 

January 22 – Application Period Opens on City Scout Website – Applications Accepted on a Rolling Basis

February 16 – Application Period Closes

Late February – Application Status Updates

April 29-May 1 – City Scout Program in Calgary, Alberta

Late May (Date TBD) – Learnings and Next Steps Conversation Hosted by ULI Colorado

City Scout 2024 Website