State of Downtown

Cities at the Center

Thank you for making our 2018 State of Downtown a success.

Twelve hundred business and community leaders gathered for breakfast and an analysis of downtown’s economy, insights into our future and the best networking in town.

Our featured speaker Bruce Katz described the power of cities in the modern political landscape and how they can position themselves to solve challenges at the local level. DSA President & CEO Jon Scholes spoke to downtown’s economic dynamism, our challenges and the path forward to an inclusive, resilient center city.

If you missed the event or want to view the speeches again, both are available below.


Bruce Katz
Centennial Scholar, The Brookings Institution


Jon Scholes
President & CEO, DSA

Additional Coverage


The Seattle Times

Downtown Seattle turns in strong 2017, benefiting entire region



Downtown Seattle poised for even bigger residential and hotel boom


The Registry

Downtown Seattle Association’s “State of Downtown” Reveals Heightened Awareness Around Housing Affordability

Special thanks to the following sponsors


Lane Powell


Alaska Airlines logo


R.C. Hedreen Co. logo
Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt
Seattle Children's Research Institute logo
Talon Private Capital logo


 Foster Pepper PLLC
Lease Crutcher Lewis
McCullough Hill Leary, PS
Metzler Real Estate
Seneca Group
Urban Renaissance Group
Washington Holdings

Media Partner

Puget Sound Business Journal

Speaker Sponsor

Seattle Foundation - SoD 2018 Speaker Sponsor