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2021 Urban Exploration

Kansas City, MO - Sept 29 - Oct 2, 2021

Salt Lake City leaders can learn from the successes and challenges manifest in cities across the country. The Downtown Alliance’s Urban Exploration trip brings public and private sector leaders together to build relationships and learn from downtowns throughout the U.S. and beyond to inspire additional innovation in Salt Lake City.

This year, we will learn from the largest city in the  "Show-Me State" - Kansas City, Missouri. Please join us from September 29th - October 2nd, 2021. Stay tuned for trip updates in the coming weeks.


The seventh annual Urban Exploration trip begins Wednesday, September 29 and runs through Saturday, October 2, 2021.  Participants should plan to arrive in Kansas City in time to attend the opening reception at 5:30 pm on Wednesday, September 29th. Programming continues through Friday evening, we recommend departure on Saturday, October 2nd. 

Kansas City features an array of case studies for us to explore. Themes will include:

  • Development Projects 
  • Arts & Culture
  • Economic Development 
  • Safety & Security 
  • Public Space Activation 
  • Transportation & Mobility 

The early registration fee for the Urban Exploration is $2,750. That includes programmed activities, select meals, a hotel room for 3 nights and briefing materials. Trip participants are responsible for airfare and meals outside the Urban Exploration program. After August 13th, the fee will be $3,000. We urge early registration, we expect that this registration may sell out. 

Registration, accommodation or sponsorship questions? Contact Nancy Kaschmitter at . Sponsorship opportunities are available. Please contact  to learn more.

Cancellation Policy: Partial refunds of registration and guest fees may be granted if written notification is provided by August 13th, 2021.

Previous Trips

2019 | Austin Learn about Austin's growing tech ecosystem, public-private partnerships and nightlife economy in our day 1 and day 2 blogs. 

2018 | Minneapolis See what we did in Minneapolis in our day 1 and day 2 blogs.

2017 | Boston Explore our blog to see day 1 and day 2 of our Boston trip. Highlights include the Boston Public Market, Fort Point Redevelopment, The Greenway and more.

2016 | San Francisco Take a look at our blog to see day 1 and day 2 of our Bay Area trip. Highlights include the Ferry Building Public Market, urban placeholders in Hayes Valley and more.

2015 | Chicago Highlights include Millennium Park, co-working spaces, the 606 neighborhood, street murals, river cruise and more.

2014 | NYC The most populous city in the United States, New York City is an urban metropolis like none other. It is the world center for culture and innovation, science and technology, proximity and efficiency.

The 2020 State of Downtown and Achievement Awards event was held virtually on January 19, 2021. If you would like to view a recording of the presentation, please e-mail  for access. Details for the 2021 State of Downtown will be made available later this year. 

2020 State of Downtown Agenda:

Welcome: Hosts Abby Murtagh (Hilton, SLC Center) and Kim Abrams (Goldman Sachs)

Dee Brewer, Executive Director, Downtown Alliance

Downtown Achievement Award winners: 
-Fourth Street Clinic
-Caputo’s Market
-Plan-B Theatre
-Avia and Mya development 
-Vasilios Priskos Honoree: Bill Knowles 

Recognition of Tip Your Server donors: Mayor Mendenhall, Ty Burrell

Derek Miller, President & CEO, Salt Lake Chamber and Downtown Alliance

Charles Montgomery, Urbanist, Author of Happy City

  Keynote Speaker: Charles Montgomery

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Charles Montgomery is an award-winning author, urbanist, and leader of a consultancy building more happiness into cities. He is the author of the book Happy City, about which The New York Times wrote: “Happy City is not only readable but stimulating. It raises issues most of us have avoided for too long. Do we live in neighborhoods that make us happy? That is not a silly question. Montgomery encourages us to ask it without embarrassment, and to think intelligently about the answer.” 

Montgomery’s writings on urban planning, psychology, culture, and history have appeared in magazines and journals on three continents. Among his awards is a Citation of Merit from the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society for outstanding contribution towards public understanding of climate change science. His first book, The Last Heathen, won the 2005 Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-fiction and vigorous praise from reviewers in The New York Times, The Guardian, and elsewhere.

Learn more about Charles Montgomery here.

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Past Achievement Award Winners

Martine Cafe, Robin Hutcheson, Babs De Lay, Broadway Media Group, Senate Majority Whip Stuart Adams, Representative Brad Wilson, Deputy Chief Mike Brown, Tom Guinney, The Depot, Mayor Ben McAdams, Valter Nassi, Neumont University, Salt Lake City Greek Festival, SelectHealth, The Downtown Merchants Association, City Creek Center, Gallivan Plaza /RDA, The Twilight Concert Series, Dick Wirick, Scott Beck, Royal Eatery, Chief Chris Burbank, OC Tanner, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Mayor Ralph Becker, the Utah Jazz, Broadway Merchants, Zions Securities Corporation, Bill Knowles, XMission, Walker Center, Utah Transit Authority, Salt Lake City Weekly, Zim's Crafts, Robert Farrington, Downtown Rising, Squatters, Bennion Jewelers, Mr. Mac, Fidelity Investments, The Summit Group, Discovery Gateway, LDS Business College, The Eccles Foundation, Utah Heritage Foundation, Wasatch Property Management, Big D Construction, Zions Bank, Cowboy Partners, Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral, Steven and Cleves Weber, Salt Lake City Council, Bishop H. David Burton, KUTV 2News, Meier and Frank, The Outdoor Industry Association, VNU Expositions, Salt Lake City Library, Clark Planetarium, Downtown Dine O' Round, Mayor Rocky Anderson, The Gateway, Salt Lake City International Jazz Festival, Jess Agraz, Transportation Management Assoc., Tim Harpst, Salt Lake City Parking & Transportation, 2002 Olympic Winter Games, Davis County Transportation Tax Initiative, Rick Davis, The Wells Fargo Center, The Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, Salt Lake Art Center, Broadway Lofts, Zephyr Club, Utah Opera Company, TRAX-Utah Transit Authority, Hotel Monaco, Jon Schumann, Sr., FFKR Architects, Gastronomy, Inc., Repertory Dance Theatre, Ririe Woodbury, Gallivan Plaza, KSL Television, Hansen Planetarium, Salt Lake Convention & Visitors Bureau, Naylor Wentworth Architects, Bill Martin, J. Michael Martin, Cordant Technologies, Edwards & Daniels Architects, Living Traditions Festival, David Winder/Lou Watson, Greek Festival, Tony Caputo's Market, Sam Weller, Gina Bachauer International Piano Foundation, Temple Square Concert Series, Utah Arts Festival, Downtown Farmers Market, Simmons Radio Group, Salt Palace Convention Center, Brownstone Building, The Metropolitan, I. J. Wagner, Overland Development, Art Access, City Creek Park and Brigham Historic Park, Salt Lake Chamber, KTVX, American Stores Company, Henderson Building, Artspace, California Tire & Rubber Co., Stephen Goldsmith, Fred Ball, Salt Lake County, American Investment Bank, First Night, KRCL, Rio Grande Neighborhood Council, George Hofman, Harris Simmons, Hal Clyde, Neal Stowe, Salt Lake Gallery Association, Exchange Place Partnership, Zivio Ethnic Arts Ensemble, KSL TV/Radio, Salt Lake Redevelopment Agency, Non-Profit Housing Corp., Peter Lassic, John Williams, Eddie Bauer, The Gap, Salt Lake City Arts Council, Deseret News, Verl Topham, Larry H. Miller, SLCPD Bike Squad, 111 Main/City Creek Reserve, Gail Miller & Miller Family, Salt Lake Tribune, Vestar Corporation, Cultural Core & Vasilios Priskos.

For questions and sponsorship opportunities, please contact Nancy Kaschmitter at 435-709-8073 or

July 25, 2012

Homeless Outreach


The Homeless Outreach Service Team, aka HOST, is a proactive and collaborative effort to move the community in Salt Lake City, into a partnership with the police and homeless service providers to connect homeless individuals with social services and resources. 100% of donations go to the Pamela J. Atkinson foundation and are dispersed to local homeless services providers that provide help for those that need it most.

We encourage you to double your donation thanks to a generous dollar-for-dollar match by the Larry H. and Gail Miller Family Foundation’s $10 Million Challenge Grant.


When people approach you to ask for money, sometimes they really need help. But in many cases, they are not homeless. Often times, panhandlers use the money you give them to fuel addictions and other self-destructive behaviors.

Even small donations can help to create significant programs to help people in need. Social service organizations in Salt Lake City provide services for people who find themselves in need, but they can't do it without your support. Instead of giving spare change to panhandlers, please consider making a generous donation of money or time to the community organizations dedicated to solving problems and helping the homeless.

Downtown social service providers include:

Panhandling is not an issue unique to downtown or Salt Lake City — it is a problem in communities across the Wasatch Front and across the nation. Every problem has a solution. Decide to help fight homelessness in a way that benefits the entire community. Then you can know you've given, without being taken.

Know where your money goes and turn "spare change into real change."

Read more about Homeless Outreach efforts or HOST Team in Salt Lake City »

July 25, 2012

Public Market

Modeled on the country’s great city markets, the Salt Lake City Public Market will be another jewel in Salt Lake’s downtown, creating a unique indoor/outdoor public space that serves residents from throughout the state, attracts visitors, and supports Utah’s growing local food movement.

The Rio Grande Depot offers a compelling space for the Public Market and a great public use for an iconic historic structure. The Depot is well known, architecturally stunning, easily accessible for locals and visitors, and reflects the Public Market’s focus on authenticity and place.

The Public Market builds upon a strong foundation: the outstanding success of the 28-year-old Downtown Farmers Market, initiated by the Downtown Alliance in 1992 to introduce positive activity into Pioneer Park. The Downtown Farmers Market has evolved into one of the nation’s premier outdoor markets where more than 300 Utah farmers and small businesses participate in the Market and more than 10,000 customers from all walks of life enjoy the Market every Saturday.

Since 2013, the Downtown Farmers Market has operated inside the Rio Grande Depot during the winter months, from November to April. This experience has proven the potential for the Rio Grande Depot to be the full-time home of the Public Market.

For more information about the Salt Lake City Public Market, please contact .

July 25, 2012

Reports & Data

The Downtown Alliance conducts original research, publishes reports and serves as a resource for anyone interested in learning more about Downtown Salt Lake City. Many questions you may have about Downtown Salt Lake City can be answered through our reports on this page, but feel free to contact for additional information or if you have any questions about our reports.

Economic Benchmark

For the past several years, the Alliance has compiled a comprehensive benchmark report that evaluates the state of downtown’s economy. The report evaluates development, employment, office leases, residential, hospitality, retail, culture, transportation and quality of life. We will continue to produce this report to encourage additional economic activity and development downtown.

Marketing Survey

The annual marketing survey polls Utahns about their perceptions and connection to downtown, the types of events and entertainment options they seek, as well as gauging interest in living downtown. With statistics dating back to 2009, these reports help the Alliance, as well as other downtown stakeholders, make important marketing decisions. The sample size is representative of the state's demographic population.

Annual Reports

These annual reports provide a 30,000-foot overview of the programs, projects and accomplishments of the Downtown Alliance for each year. Also included is budgetary information, as well as a list of staff, board members and contributors.

Miscellaneous Reports

July 24, 2012

Arts & Culture


THE BLOCKS is a visionary initiative of the City and County to promote the abundance and vibrancy of our creative community, facilitate partnerships and collaborations and activate underutilized spaces to promote downtown Salt Lake City as the premier cultural district of the Intermountain West.

Learn more about THE BLOCKS and discover more than 80 monthly arts and culture events at

Since 1992, the Downtown Farmers Market has been the place for farmers and food purveyors to interact with residents of Salt Lake City and beyond. Thousands of patrons and several hundred vendors fill Pioneer Park and the Rio Grande Train Depot each Saturday morning, providing income for farmers and a stronger community connection to food for local families and visitors.

The Downtown Farmers Market and its supporting programming is presented by the Downtown Alliance and its sponsors.

For a full listing of Farmers Market dates and special events, please visit




Visit the Downtown Farmers Market

July 24, 2012

Dine O'Round

dineorondFeaturing the top downtown Salt Lake City restaurants, Dine O’Round is a fun way for restaurant-goers to “dig in” to new dining locations and/or return to favorites.

Participating restaurants offer $10, $15 or $20 two-item lunches, as well as $20, $30 or $40 three-course dinners in addition to their existing menus.

No need to sign up for anything or print coupons to participate; simply ask for the Dine O’Round menu wherever you choose to dine.

Dine O’Round 2020 dates coming soon!

E-mail  with any questions.

Visit Downtown Dine O'Round

Get the word, literally out-on-the-street about your downtown, nonprofit event or activity with advertising on downtown kiosks or banners. Applications for banners and kiosks are accepted year-round and are a fantastic way to reach thousands of downtown pedestrians and drivers.


Want to spread the word about your non-profit organization? THE BLOCKS, Salt Lake’s Cultural Core manages the rental of five kiosks along Main Street. Each kiosk has five windows and is available to non-profit organizations, excluding those that are religious or political. If you are interested, you must submit materials, which are subject to approval by the Downtown Alliance, at least 30 days before the anticipated promotion schedule. Download the form below and submit your application; it's a great way to grab locals' attention. 

Contact with any kiosk inquiries.


Fly your flags all over the city. The Banner Program is another great way to advertise events and activities within the downtown area. The banners, located on both sides of West Temple and State Street from South Temple to 400 South, are on double-bracket poles and must be eight feet in length. All other poles downtown hold six-foot banners.

You can browse through the documents below for more information or contact Kristin Beck for availability and more details at  or 801-364-3631.