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DCI Annual Conference

Downtown Colorado, Inc. 
invites you to join us for our
2014 Annual Conference, Vibrant Colorado Downtowns

John Norquist, 

Congress for the New Urbanism (keynote speaker)

John Norquist, president and CEO of the Congress for the New Urbanism and a former big-city mayor, is a national leader in discussions of urban design, transportation and the relationship between the art of building and the making of community. The nonprofit Congress for the New Urbanism promotes walkable, neighborhood-based development and pledges to stop sprawl and the erosion of community while halting environmental deterioration. Thu, Sept 11, 7pm AND Fri, Sept 12, 8am

Jeff Speck (keynote speaker) 
Author of Walkable City: How Downtowns Can Save America, One Step at a Time

Jeff Speck is a city planner and architectural designer who, through writing, lectures, and built work, advocates internationally for smart growth and sustainable design. As Director of Design at the National Endowment for the Arts from 2003-07, he oversaw the Mayors' Institute on City Design and created the Governors' Institute on Community Design, a federal program that helps state governors fight suburban sprawl. He is the co-author of Suburban Nation: The Rise of Sprawl and the Decline of the American Dream as well as The Smart Growth Manual. He serves as a Contributing Editor to Metropolis Magazine and is on the Sustainability Task Force of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. His new book, Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America, One Step at a Time, is now available in print, digital, and audio format. Thu, Sept 11, 10:25am

Half-day Real Estate Redevelopment Forum, Fri, Sept 12
 (New this year!)
Join DCI and Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck at the first annual Colorado Real Estate Redevelopment Forum. The forum will focus on redevelopment trends and tools in our state and how the public sector can shape redevelopment to drive the community vision. The forum will include:
  • Plenary: Real Estate Development, John Norquist
  • Panel: Mayors Real Estate Development
  • Removing 3 Key Barriers to Downtown Development
  • Identifying, Minimizing and Managing Environmental Risk in Redevelopment Projects
  • Fostering Redevelopment with Public Finance Tools
  • Property Development Open House: Would you like to sign up to display your community's potential projects for review by Colorado developers at no charge? Contact DCI at today for more details!

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This event is recognized by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) as a professional development event that counts toward the re-certification of Certified Economic Developers (CEcD).




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Registration Type

DCI Member Pricing

Non-Member Pricing

Full Conference Registration



Wednesday Only



Thursday Only



Friday Only



Emerging Leaders & Students

(must provide proof of enrollment)



Governor’s Awards for Downtown Excellence Dinner & Gala



Sponsorship Opportunities Available!

Wednesday, September 10:
Featuring Colorado Main Street and Creative Industries, Transportation and Transit, and Financing and Economic Development

Wednesday Venues: Morning plenary will be held at Northside Aztlan Community Center. Afternoon concurrent sessions will be held at Northside Aztlan Community Center, Museum of Discovery, and CSU Engines Lab.

  • Plenary: The Continuous Search for Excellence, Darin Atteberry, City of Fort Collins 
  • Snapshot: Strategizing for Your Downtown
  • Plenary: Global Trends Affecting Downtowns, Brad Segal, PUMA 
  • Snapshot: Colorado Main Street and Colorado Creative Industries
  • Plenary: Creating a Destination Business, Jon Schallert, The Schallert Group
  • Snapshot: Transportation & Transit
  • The Where, When, How and Why of Business Improvement Districts
  • Retaining Business & Sparking Creativity in Your Downtown
  • Purporting Progress on the Parking Problem
  • Downtown Redevelopment ProForma
  • Collaborative Efforts to Grow Creativity and Spur Arts in Public Space
  • Transit Oriented Development Goes Rural

Plus, the evening Networking Reception, Mayor's Welcome, and Colorado Main Street Achievement Awards!

Additional ticketed events include Mobile Tours and Dine-Arounds. See registration or schedule-at-a-glance for more info.

Thursday, September 11:
Featuring Multi-generational Downtown, Planning and Placemaking, and Marketing and Branding

Thursday Venues: Morning plenary will be held at the Lincoln Center - Columbine Room. Afternoon concurrent sessions will be held at the Lincoln Center - Columbine Room, Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce, and The Group. 

  • Plenary: Colorado Demographic Forecast, Elizabeth Garner, Colorado State Demographer
  • Town to Gown Relationship Building, Tom Milligan, Colorado State University
  • Plenary: The Walkable City, Jeff Speck
  • Plenary: Branding Your Community, Beth Parish, Regis University
  • Snapshot: Shared Spaces
  • Sustainable Placemaking: The Integration of Planning and Architecture
  • Start-up Ecosystems for Entrepreneurship
  • Public Engagement: The Latest and Greatest Tools
  • Building a Housing Mix for Diverse Communities
  • Defining and Preserving Community Character while Encouraging Mixed-Use
Additional ticketed events include Mobile Tours and Dine-Arounds. See registration or schedule-at-a-glance for more info.

2014 Governor's Awards for Downtown Excellence &
Best of Fort Collins Festival (Thu, Sept 11, 5:30pm)

Join us to celebrate the outstanding community projects and people who have made great contributions to their downtown's vitality. This year's event will feature a keynote address by John Norquist (Congress for the New Urbanism) and Fort Collins' best bands, bikes and brews! View details here! (NOTE: The Governor's Awards is not included in standard conference registration.) 

Friday, September 12:
Featuring Real Estate Redevelopment Forum, Community/Developer Open House, plenary speaker John Norquist, Colorado Mayors Panel, and Colorado Urban Renewal Lunch. See above for details!
Conference Speaker Line-Up: 
Darin Atteberry, City of Fort Collins
Tracy Barnett, Main Street Steamboat Springs
Leslie Bethel, Glenwood Springs DDA
Laura Bloomquist, Governorís Office of State Planning and Budgeting
Reeves Brown, Colorado Department of Local Affairs
DiAnn Butler, Grand County
Walker Christiansen, DHM Design
Justin Croft, The Source
Don Elliot, Clarion Associates
Marvin Falconburg, City of Brighton
Britta Fisher, Wheat Ridge 2020
Jim Francis, Beverage Business Institute (BBI)
Mike Freeman, Innosphere
Elizabeth Garner, Colorado State Demographer
Lisa Gedgaudas, Create Denver
David Hook, Town of Grand Lake
Jessica Ibanez, Colorado Brick Council
Spencer Imel, Governorís Office of State Planning and Budgeting
Doug Johnson, Innosphere
Anna Jones, Progressive Urban Management Associates (P.U.M.A.)
Casey Jones, SP Plus Corporation

Jim Leggitt, studioINSITE, LLC
Marilyn Leuszler, Corazon de Trinidad
Jamie Licko,  Centro
Sean Maher, Boulder BID
Sean Mandel, Rosen Properties
Bill Marino, 40 West Arts
Ellen Martin, City of Fort Collins
Tom Milligan, Colorado State University
Adam Nims, DHM Design
Chris Onan, Galvanize
Beth Parish, Regis University
Hilarie Portell, Portell Works
Kurt Ravenschlag, City of Fort Collins
Brandy Reiter, Buena Vista
Jean Sanson, Steer Davies Gleave
Jon Schallert, The Schallert Group
Brad Segal, Progressive Urban Management Associates (P.U.M.A.)
Diedra Silbert, Town of Ridgway
Vanessa K. Solesbee, The Solesbee Group
Tim Stroh, Colorado Department of Local Affairs
Stephanie Troller, Colorado Department of Local Affairs 
Michael Tunte, Design Workshop 
Tareq Wafaie, Clarion Associates
Jacque Watson, Town of Lyons

Book your hotel room now!
Mention DCI at the following hotels for a discounted rate:

Armstrong Hotel

259 S College Ave, Fort Collins, CO

(970) 484-3883 

Quality Inn & Suites

4001 S Mason St, Fort Collins, CO

(970) 282-9047

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