Our Speaker Series hosts guest speakers on an array of topics. Whether you’re a downtown employer, worker, resident, or community member, there is always a new question to answer. With outdoor, in-person as well as virtual options, our Speaker Series is a unique opportunity to hear insights from experts and community leaders and share space with our neighbors.
THE FUTURE OF DOWNTOWNS
July 18, 2023
4:30 - 6 p.m.
Osborn370, Lower level event space
The Saint Paul Downtown Alliance welcomes special guest speakers Steve Cramer (Minneapolis Downtown Council), James Lima (James Lima Planning + Design) and D'Angelos Svenkeson (NEOO Partners) for a happy hour panel conversation about the future of downtowns - from local to national trends, opportunities on the horizon and more.
Join us in the lower level of Osborn370 at the new Gallery Kitchen event space for drinks, appetizers and great conversation.
RAMSEY COUNTY ATTORNEY JOHN CHOI
August 16, 2022
Ramsey County Attorney John Choi gives an overview and update from his office about public safety trends in and around downtown and the state of the judicial system in Ramsey County.
VALUE OF DOWNTOWN COMPARISON STUDY
April 28, 2022
David Downey, President of the International Downtown Association, joined the Downtown Alliance for our 2nd Annual Meeting in April 2022. Downey shared insights from Saint Paul's participation in the IDA Value of Downtown Comparison Study.
THE FUTURE OF OFFICE
The pandemic-induced work-from-home experiment has altered perspectives on work, flexibility and the office.
When COVID-19 is no longer a lingering health concern, workers will not be expected to come into the office for tasks that can be done from anywhere. What purpose does the office serve in the future and how will that purpose impact the way occupiers think about their portfolio footprints, location strategy and office layouts? What are the implications of the changing nature of the office on owners, corporate users and civic leaders? How much work-from-home penetration should we expect and what are the variables that impact it?
Explore potential outcomes of the future of the office and what it means for urban districts regarding office occupancy and the street life urban place management organizations oversee.
CHRISTOPHER B. LEINBERGER
DAVID C. SMITH
THE VALUE OF DOWNTOWN
Join us as we take a brief look back on some of the highlights from the past year with the Saint Paul Downtown Alliance and then we'll hand the mic off to Joe Minicozzi, who will share why the value of downtown Saint Paul is so important for the city a whole.
JOE MINICOZZI, AICP
MAY YOU LIVE IN INTERESTING TIMES
Downtowns face a period of unprecedented opportunities over the next two decades. The extraordinary changes that have triggered revitalization of North American cities are precursors to more far-reaching change. Downtowns need to start planning today to manage—and draw public benefit from—this period of transformational change. Join us and hear from David Dixon about how downtown Saint Paul can prepare for these opportunities.