State of Downtown

The Downtown Alliance hosted the 2015 State of Downtown on July 10th, 2015 at the The Depot in downtown Salt Lake City from 10:00AM-12:00PM followed by a lunch reception in the Grand Hall at the Union Pacific Depot.

ABOUT | The State of Downtown celebrates an evolving urban center. Downtown is in the midst of a remarkable transformation with new residents, businesses and buildings shaping our urban fabric. This event will highlight these dramatic changes and forecast our future. 

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KEYNOTE SPEAKER | Dr. Arthur C. Nelson

Dr. Arthur C. Nelson is Emeritus Presidential Professor of City & Metropolitan Planning at the University of Utah where he was founding Director of the Metropolitan Research Center, founding Co-Director of the Master of Real Estate Development program, and Adjunct Professor of Finance. Dr. Nelson is now the Professor of Planning and Real Estate Development, and Associate Dean for Research and Discovery in the College of Architecture, Planning and Real Estate Development at the University of Arizona in Tuscon. With 25 books and more than 300 other publications, Dr. Nelson is a national authority on metropolitan development patterns, trends, and opportunities. His current research focuses on the demand for downtown, suburban center, and commercial corridor development. 

Dr. Nelson will focus his keynote on market demand for downtown residences and underscore the importance of smart development in downtown Salt Lake City to accomodate for future growth. 

DOWNTOWN ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS | The Downtown Alliance will announce our 2015 award winners as part of the State of Downtown address. 

Awards will be presented to a group, company or individual who has made a significant contribution to downtown, helping to build a more dynamic and diverse community that is the regional center for culture, commerce and entertainment. The contribution must be for accomplishments located within Salt Lake City's Central Business District (located within the boundaries of 400 South, 700 West, North Temple Street and 300 East).

Award winners may include commercial, residential and retail developers, small businesses, business associations and districts, downtown-based companies and nonprofit organizations, government organizations and officials, performing arts groups along with individual artists, musicians and other performers, sports and entertainment organizations, downtown residents, visitors, commuters and other supporters.

Nominate a person or organization here.

Congratulations to the 2015 Downtown Achievement Award Winners:

  • Babs De Lay
  • Robin Hutcheson
  • Broadway Media Group

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