The First Quarter 2012 Economic Report for Downtown Denver is now available. This economic report is released each quarter and can be used by downtown stakeholders to assist with development, tenant attraction and other business opportunities.
In the first quarter 2012, Downtown Denver’s economic position continued to brighten with persistent job gains, high consumer confidence, increasing retail sales tax collections, a booming hospitality industry and gains in commercial and residential real estate. Read more online here.
The next report produced by the Research Department will be the annual “State of Downtown Denver” to be unveiled at September’s member forum.
Downtown Denver Research
The Downtown Denver Partnership (DDP) is committed to supporting a livable, healthy, economically vibrant and exciting downtown. The DDP Research Department produces a series of reports each year addressing key elements of place-based economic development initiatives in accordance with the Downtown Area Plan. These research reports (located online here) provide Downtown Denver’s stakeholders with relevant and important information to strategically plan and act, shaping Downtown Denver as the unique, diverse, vibrant and economically healthy urban core of the Rocky Mountain Region.
On the week of Colorado’s “Bike to Work Day,” The Downtown Denver Partnership released a report about the bicycle trends and conditions in Downtown Denver. The full report can be found here on the DDP website.
Downtown Denver has seen an increase in bicycle facilities and an increase in bicyclists over the past few years. Downtown Denver’s bicycle infrastructure includes cycletracks, sharrows, bicycle lanes, a buffered bicycle lane, a cycletrack, bicycle trails, a bicycle box and a bicycle traffic signal.
Most encouragingly, the bicycle mode share for Downtown Denver employees is 6.3%, compared to the 2.2% mode share for the City and County of Denver. Bicycle counts also reveal growth in cycling over the last three years, as shown in the graph below.
For more information, visit the Downtown Denver Bicycle Trends And Conditions report.
Spring is right around the corner, and that means St. Patrick’s Day 2012 will soon adorn Downtown Denver’s streets with many shades of green and tons of celebration! There is sure to be an activity for everyone to participate in and enjoy, from lucky Irish foot races to parades with traditional Irish music and dance, as well as day long parties and family fun. One thing is for sure–you will not want to miss St. Patrick’s Day in Denver.
St. Patrick’s Day in Denver has always been a popular celebration which dates back to 1889 when Denver held its very first St. Patrick’s Day Parade. The celebration continues today and people from all over will gather in Denver to help ring in the ever popular holiday. Here are some events that are sure to get you in the Irish spirit.
St. Patrick’s Day Parade – March 17
The Denver St. Patrick’s Day Parade celebrates its 50th year running and continues to be the largest St. Patty’s Parade west of the Mississippi. More than 200,000 patrons will line the streets of Denver as they enjoy horses and stagecoaches, marching bands, dancers, floats and Irish-themed music that is sure to be fun for the whole family! Get your green on and enjoy the continuing of this wonderful tradition. The parade starts in front of Coors Field at 10 a.m.! More info at http://www.denverstpatricksdayparade.com/
St. Patrick’s Day Festival at Fado
You won’t want to miss the 14th Annual Outdoor St. Patty’s Day Festival at Fado, the classic Irish pub in Downtown Denver’s ballpark district. The beer starts flowing for the biggest day of the year at Fado at 7:30 a.m. and the outdoor festival begins at 10 a.m. There will be fun and entertainment for all ages including live music on two stages from the Clancy’s, Big Paddy, The Indulgers, Celtic Steps, Colorado Youth and Nevermind the 90’s. Fun for the kid’s runs from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. where they can enjoy games, a bouncy castle and face painting, while those who are 21 and older are encouraged to continue the celebration after 5 p.m. and into the night. Visit http://www.fadoirishpub.com/denver/st-patricks-day-2012 for more information and to purchase tickets.
Since the holiday falls on a Saturday, you are sure to have a weekend full of Irish revelry here in the Mile High City.
Enjoy sunshine and hoops from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and a half court shot contest for a chance to win roundtrip tickets on Southwest Airlines on Thursday, March 15!
Southwest Airlines and the Downtown Denver Partnership invite Denver to hoop it up at the Southwest Court at Skyline Park. The full-sized basketball court, which is free and open to the public, is Southwest’s latest addition to Downtown Denver.
As the Court’s official “tip off” event, Southwest invites Denver professionals, residents and visitors lace up their high tops and take part in a half-court shot contest – sink a shot from the half court line and win one of 10 roundtrip tickets from Southwest Airlines.
Hot shots including Nuggets mascot Rocky, Downtown Denver Partnership President and CEO Tami Door and Denver City Councilman Albus Brooks will join Southwest Airlines at the event. In addition to the contest, visitors can enjoy a live DJ, FREE pedicab rides around Downtown Denver and live game updates on the tournament’s first official day.
The Southwest Court at Skyline Park, which was recently home to the Southwest Rink, will be open from March 15 to April 12. Future activities will include a children’s basketball skills clinic, corporate 3-on-3 challenges and other fun events. Check out www.southwestcourt.com for more information and to register. Southwest Court at Skyline Park, 16th Street and Arapahoe Street, Next to the historic Daniels and Fisher Clocktower
Chef Lon Symensma of ChoLon (16th and Blake) has been nominated for Food & Wine Magazine’s The People’s Best New Chef. Click here to vote for Chef Lon. One lucky Facebook Fan will win a private chef’s tasting for 10 of their friends at ChoLon Bistro.
How to enter:
1. Change your Facebook status to “Like my status if you voted for @Chef Lon Symensma.”
2. Include a link to Food & Wine Magazine’s voting page (bit.ly/votelon)
Good luck to Chef Lon and Facebook fans!