State of Downtown 2023

Optimism & Opportunity

Thanks to the more than 1,200 business and civic leaders who attended our 18th annual State of Downtown at the brand-new Seattle Convention Center Summit addition. Presented by Lane Powell PC, the event brought together national and local perspectives on urban issues, the latest economic data on downtown Seattle, and an afternoon of networking and socializing with support from sponsor Alaska Airlines.

DSA President & CEO Jon Scholes delivered his annual state of downtown address and we welcomed Seattle Mayor Bruce Harrell. In addition, economist, urbanist and Harvard professor Ed Glaeser joined us as keynote speaker. Glaeser also participated in a question-and-answer session moderated by DSA board members Liz Dunn, principal of Dunn & Hobbes, and Sung Yang, principal of Pacific Public Affairs and DSA board vice chair.


State of Downtown Address by Jon Scholes

Keynote Speech by Ed Glaeser

Q&A with Ed Glaeser and DSA Board Members

Behind the Build — A Story of the Summit


Our State of Downtown Economic Report examines trends and key indicators for the heart of Seattle. This report explores the major storylines of 2022 including transformative projects, the downtown experience and statistics about how we live, work, shop and play in the center city. Dive into this detailed review of 2022 in our urban center.

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Thank You to Our Sponsors


Presented by

Lane Powell PC




Alaska Airlines One World





Pine Street Group L.L.C.



EQ Office

Martin Selig Real Estate

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Urban Renaissance Group

Live Music

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Media Partner

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In cooperation with

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Clise Properties, Inc.
Hudson Pacific Properties
IKE Smart City
LBA Realty
McCullough Hill PLLC
Onni Group
R.C. Hedreen Co.
Seattle Children’s Research Institute
Seneca Group
Washington Holdings
Wright Runstad & Company



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