News from the Top: Empowering Your Community to Keep Your District Safe

September 26, 2019

Tami Door, President and CEO of the Downtown Denver Partnership serves as Chair of the International Downtown Association’s (IDA) Board of Directors. Tami offers her expertise in city building to members of IDA in her monthly News from the Top column.

Yesterday, September 25th, marked the Department of Homeland Security’s annual National See Something, Say Something Awareness Day. The day is intended to serve as a reminder that we – as members of our respective communities – all play an important role in keeping our cities and neighborhoods safe. As stewards of our districts and downtowns, it is up to us to take that message a step further, year-round.

Our businesses, residents and visitors look to us for leadership when it comes to keeping our streets clean and vibrant, advocating for effective policy, and activating our public spaces. We can also help lead collective efforts to keep our cities safe.

As citybuilders, we have the unique ability to convene public, private and community partners in meaningful ways. Whether it’s being a conduit of information and resources, or inviting your police department to have a conversation with your business owners or residents – keeping your stakeholders and partners informed and empowered is key.

So, as we recognize See Something, Say Something Awareness Day, I encourage you to think about how you can use your ability to convene your community and empower them to help keep your district safe.