David Krietor has served as CEO of Downtown Phoenix, Inc. (“DPI”) since April 8, 2013. In that time, he has worked with community stakeholders to develop the downtown we want. “Your Downtown” shares his thoughts and DPI’s progress with the downtown community and beyond. Read the other chats here.


This month’s RadiatePHX celebrates local business leaders and our thriving entrepreneurial ecosystem with a Valley Biz Ball. Join us at Stand Up Live on Tuesday, Dec. 15 from 5-8 p.m. for an inspiring evening of networking and high fives. Featured speakers include Vice Mayor Daniel Valenzuela, Stand Up Live’s Matt Komen, and #yesphx leader Jonathan Cottrell, plus enjoy complimentary bites and craft beer samples from New Belgium Brewing. I’ll wear my ugly holiday sweater and you can, too. RadiatePHX is always free to attend and you can RSVP here.


PCA Annual Meeting & Center City Starr Awards

The Phoenix Community Alliance Annual Meeting and Center City Starr Awards will take place on Dec. 17 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel.

In addition to a year-end report on PCA’s activities and the election of the group’s board of directors and officers, you’ll enjoy celebrating the accomplishments of several distinguished Phoenix leaders who will receive PCA’s Center City Starr Award: Diane Yazzie Devine of Native Americans Connections; Charlie Levy of Stateside Presents/Crescent Ballroom/Valley Bar; JoMarie McDonald, past PCA Vice President and downtown hero; and Ed Zuercher, City of Phoenix City Manager.

The Center City Starr Award is given in recognition of outstanding contributions to advance the quality of life and further the renaissance of Phoenix’s Central City. Winners have been nominated and selected by previous award recipients. The award is named in honor of the late civic leader Barry Starr.

Media Kudos

A special shout-out to ABC15 for their coverage of the significant changes happening downtown. ABC15, Channel 12 (KPNX-TV), Fox 10, Arizona Republic, Phoenix New Times, and Phoenix Business Journal are all located downtown. Their staff see and feel the vibe everyday and do their best to tell the story of our evolving downtown.

And in other downtown news, tis the season…

… to be jolly

… to be civic-minded

… to be growing

… to be dining

… to be entertained

For information about many more Downtown Phoenix events and activities, you’re welcome to download and print DPI’s latest and greatest “What’s Happening Guide.” You can download it by clicking here.

In Closing

To walk off those holiday dinner calories, consider joining the Meet Me Downtown walk and run every Monday (generously sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona) or take a stroll in any number of Phoenix parks, including several downtown. In a recent Parade Magazine article entitled, “Stay Healthy: Heart and Soul,” Len Gutman, director of philanthropy for the American Heart Association’s Phoenix Market, made note of his family’s move from the suburbs to Downtown Phoenix to be in “an area alive with activity, people, and energy.” The benefits, including health benefits, of city living are well documented.