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Gaslamp Provides Free Fun For Guests Without Badges Outside Of Comic-Con

July 19, 2017 | KUSI
So you didn’t get a badge to San Diego Comic-Con this year. Not to worry. Visitors can still get their pop-culture fix with dozens of free events in the Gaslamp while the convention runs from July 20 to 23. Sasha Foo and Kris Michell, President and CEO of the Downtown San Diego Partnership, show us free things to do around Downtown this week.

Makers Quarter Is A Game Changer

June 2, 2017 | Downtown News
“As traditional innovation clusters in San Diego reach capacity, Downtown offers a unique and exciting location to expand. With its unparalleled quality of life, proximity to elite educational institutions and relative affordability compared to other top markets, Downtown is poised to attract major life sciences and technology companies. Yet this future cannot be realized without spaces like Makers Quarter.” – Kris Michell

San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter Kicks Off 150th Anniversary

May 25, 2017 | NBC San Diego
“When others saw Gaslamp as a place only for rabbits, Alonzo Horton had the courage and vision to forge ahead, creating the beginnings of one of San Diego’s most vibrant communities,” Kris Michell, President/CEO of Downtown San Diego Partnership said in a press release. “After 150 years, the Gaslamp remains central to San Diego’s identity and his innovative spirit continues to inspire.”

Spotted: 5/6/17 Yoga on the Midway

May 8, 2017 | Pacific San Diego
Hundreds of yogis gathered for the fourth annual Yoga on the Midway, a free hour-long class presented by Scripps Health and the Downtown San Diego Partnership and led by Amy Caldwell of Yoga One studio, on Saturday, May 6, 2017.

San Diego Has Chance For Another Downtown Renaissance

April 12, 2017 | The San Diego Union-Tribune
Today, San Diego has a chance for a third renaissance. Adjacent to the blossoming neighborhoods of Gaslamp and East Village is an area that, despite its apparent potential, has remained underutilized and uninviting for decades. The C street corridor has been plagued by crime, blight and a lack of economic investment.

The Annual Installation Dinner is Thursday at the Marriott Marquis

March 1, 2017 | KUSI
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This Thursday, the Downtown San Diego Partnership is putting on their annual Installation Dinner, where our very own Brandi Williams is the emcee. Kris Michell, the CEO of the Downtown San Diego Partnership, joined KUSI with more about the dinner and the projects happening around San Diego.

You’ll soon be able to use a phone app to find parking in San Diego

February 22, 2017 | The San Diego Union-Tribune
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“This technology is powerful. Downtown visitors will be able to find parking easily and in real time using a smartphone, and the environmental and transportation data will help downtown meet the goals of the city’s climate action plan,” said Kris Michell, president of the Downtown San Diego Partnership.

 


Local Experts Discuss What’s Driving Downtown San Diego’s Innovation Economy

January 19, 2017 | Bisnow
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Michell said UC San Diego’s decision to locate in Downtown is significant, because it’s like what happened with Stanford in Silicon Valley and what happened up on the Mesa with UCSD 30 years ago. “There’s some of us who believe we can replicate that in a different way here in downtown over the next 40 years.”

UC San Diego Opening Permanent Downtown Outpost

December 12, 2016 | The San Diego Union-Tribune
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“It’s everything we’ve wanted and then some,” said Kris Michell, president and CEO of the Downtown San Diego Partnership business group, which opened a “collaboratory” classroom space with UCSD earlier this year at its office building on B Street.

Startup Buzz: Big Thinkers Brad Feld and Richard Florida Come to San Diego

November 22, 2016 | HATCH
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On Thursday morning, the Downtown San Diego Partnership hosted well-known urbanist/social and economic theorist Richard Florida at the Jacobs Center in Southeast San Diego. Florida understands cities, how they ebb and flow, and he usually has a lot of great data to back up what he thinks, says, and predicts.

UC San Diego, Downtown Partnership Launch First ‘Collaboratory’ Event

October 13, 2016 | The San Diego Union-Tribune
UC San Diego and the Downtown San Diego Partnership business group are launching their first program under a new joint venture, the “Collaboratory for Downtown Innovation.” The first program in the “Game Changer” series will feature two UCSD alumni entrepreneurs at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 26 at the Partnership’s office, 401 B St.

Park(ing) Day Transforms Downtown San Diego Into Playgrounds

September 16, 2016 | KPBS
park day snipAt sites around downtown San Diego, artists and businesses remade parking spaces into tiny front lawns with space for games and riding bikes. A parking spot at 4th Avenue and C Street became a backyard, complete with the game cornhole.

Downtown Construction Nears Record Levels

August 16, 2016 | The San Diego Union-Tribune
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If the crop of construction cranes downtown signals boom times are back, take a look at Civic San Diego’s latest count. The downtown planning agency reports 27 projects under construction with many more approved or planned.


San Diego Launches Free Downtown Shuttle Accessible Via Mobile App

August 9, 2016 | Bisnow
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San Diego Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer, Civic San Diego and the Downtown San Diego Partnership launched a new, free, sustainable transit option on Tuesday for Downtown residents, visitors and workers called Free Ride Everywhere Downtown, or simply FRED.


FRED Downtown Free Shuttle Launching Tuesday

August 8, 2016 | The San Diego Union-Tribune
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Free Ride, which operates in 10 cities in four states, had already been serving downtown with five vehicles. It was chosen from a variety of applicants to run a shuttle system sought by Civic San Diego, the city’s downtown development agency. The Downtown San Diego Partnership business group also has been involved.

Comic-Con Trash Seven Times More Than Normal

July 27, 2016 | KPBS

The Downtown San DAP_445651155418_t600iego Partnership reported Wednesday that workers on the organization’s Clean & Safe team emptied around 6,720 bags of trash from Wednesday to Sunday — seven times more than a normal five-day period.

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‘Collaboratory’ Brings UCSD Downtown

June 28, 2016 | The San Diego Union-Tribune
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Seeing downtown as a new hub of innovation in the region, UC San Diego Extension and the Downtown San Diego Partnership are collaborating to unite young entrepreneurs with university experts to help startup businesses flourish.

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San Diego OKs Adding 9 Miles Of Bike Lanes Downtown

June 21, 2016 | KPBS
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The San Diego City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved a plan for downtown San Diego that will add nine miles of new bike lanes and more than five miles of widened sidewalks. In 10 years, it will also begin eliminating parking spaces.

 The Daily Transcript: Top 40 Under 40

May 25, 2016
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Congratulations to all Downtown Partnership members, as well as board member Stacey Pennington, for being included on the Top 40 Under 40 list. Check out the complete list here.

 

 


San Diego 6: Swing into Summer on Broadway Pier

July 22, 2015 | San Diego 6

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Downtown San Diego visitors and residents are invited to flex their physical and financial muscles this summer with wellness opportunities offered by U.S. Bank and the Downtown San Diego Partnership.

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San Diego Daily Transcript: Mayor proposes appointment of Rath to Civic San Diego board
July 22, 2015 | The Daily Transcript

daily transcript logoRath is principal of Rath Miller LLC, a San Diego-based public-affairs firm. He also serves on the board of directors of the Downtown San Diego Partnership, a strong supporter of Civic San Diego.

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KPBS: San Diego County Water Authority Could Get $188M From MWD
July 15, 2015 | KPBS

coloradoriverduct_t600“This is really a David versus Goliath moment in San Diego,” said Kris Michell, CEO of theDowntown San Diego Partnership “It is one in which David won.”

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Water Authority Wins Rate Case
July 15, 2015 | UT San Diego

cushman2_r900x493Meanwhile, the Water Authority had gained support from its own member agencies, along with community groups such as the Downtown San Diego Partnership and the San Diego County Taxpayers Association.

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Comic-Cons ‘Herculean’ Impact on San Diego’s Economy
July 13, 2015 | San Diego 6

comicDowntown San Diego Partnership’s Christina Chadwick explains the impact of Comic-Con International on San Diego’s economy.

The city expected to earn $2.8 million in sales tax revenue alone.

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Downtown, Everythings Waiting For You
July 2015 | San Diego Home and Garden

SD MagKris Michell, president and CEO of the Downtown San Diego Partnership, aims to make our downtown a smash hit.

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Stadium Task Force: Plan ‘Fair’ to Chargers, Taxpayers
May 18, 2015 | ABC 10

abc 10 stadiumKris Michell, president of the Downtown San Diego Partnership, told 10News, “I think it’s a great day. It’s very exciting because it’s realistic and hit every mark. It didn’t overstate revenue, didn’t understate things. It should be given serious consideration.”

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San Diego Unveils Stadium Plan to Keep Chargers From Leaving
May 18, 2015 | Fox 5 San Diego

Fox 5 Stadium“They didn’t overstate numbers or understate numbers to make the argument, they’re very realistic,” said Kris Michell, President & CEO of The Downtown San Diego Partnership. Michell’s organization had lobbied for the new stadium to be located in the East Village and lost, but she praised the plan. “I think by far it is the best proposal I’ve seen in the 13 years we’ve been in San Diego.”

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San Diego Cabbies Oppose Downtown Shuttle
May 13, 2015 | KPBS

KPBS busMichell said employees needing to get to a meeting several blocks away or residents dressed up for dinner at a nearby restaurant may use the service instead of walking or hopping in their car.

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Ideas Sought for Old Central Library
May 12, 2015 | UT San Diego

central libraryKris Michell, chief executive of the Downtown San Diego Partnership, said the mayor’s idea is quite appealing because downtown is ripe for additional businesses focused on technology and life sciences. She said bright young scientists typically prefer to live and work in urban environments instead of the suburbs.

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Bill to Curb CivicSD Gets First OK
May 6, 2015 | UT San Diego

UT San Diego Civic PhotoThat policy matter should be dealt with separately citywide, said Kris Michell, CEO of the Downtown San Diego Partnership business group.

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Civic San Diego Approves Community Benefits Policy
April 29, 2015 | The Daily Transcript

daily transcript logoKris Michell, CEO of the Downtown San Diego Partnership, also expressed support for the guidelines. “There is no one size fits all,” she said.

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Imagining the Future
April 3, 2015 | San Diego Downtown News

Headshot Kris Michell FinalMore than two years ago, the Downtown San Diego Partnership asked communities throughout the San Diego region to “Imagine Downtown.”

And, boy, did they ever.

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Events Downtown During Padres Games
March 30 | KUSI

Events During Padres GamesPadres Opening Day is just around the corner, and Kris Michelle, President and CEO of the Downtown San Diego Partnership, talks about all the other events, restaurants, etc to see while downtown.

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AT&T Invests More Than $725 Million Over Three-Year Period To Enhance Local Network In San Diego Area
March 26 | MarketWatch

at&t logo“The San Diego region is leading in science and tech, and our residents and businesses require constant connectivity in order to grow and thrive,” said Kris Michell, president and CEO, Downtown San Diego Partnership. “With AT&T’s on-going investment, residents and businesses have the tools necessary to compete and grow.”

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Working to Create a World-Class Downtown
March 24 | GlobeSt.com

logo_globestAttracting San Diego investment and making the market appealing to Millennials, and therefore businesses, is key, Kris Michell, president and CEO of the Downtown San Diego Partnership, tells GlobeSt.com exclusively.

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Downtown San Diego Construction Fueling ‘Urban Renaissance’
March 17 | KPBS

KPBS Urban RenThirteen cranes are in the air working on building apartments, condominiums, hotels and offices, said Kris Michell, CEO of the Downtown San Diego Partnership, a downtown advocacy nonprofit.

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Don’t Block Civic San Diego’s Process and Progress
March 16 | Voice of San Diego

voice of san diegoFor years, Civic San Diego has been held up as the model of government efficiency when it comes to approving development projects.

In fact, as Andrew Keatts found, Civic San Diego issued permits more than twice as fast as the city of San Diego’s Development Services Department.

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To Help Your Startup Succeed, Invest in Your City
March 13 | Entrepeneur

entrepeneurMy company is a member of Downtown San Diego Partnership, a nonprofit organization committed to revitalizing downtown San Diego. Our work with this committee doesn’t focus on our company, instead, it centers on important social issues, including combating homelessness, diversifying transportation options, activating open spaces and branding causes.

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Rolling Stones to kick off 2015 tour in San Diego
March 12 | Fox 5

Fox 5 Rolling Stones“It was an interesting dilemma we were in prior to all of this activity,” said Kris Michell, CEO and president of the Downtown San Diego Partnership. The agency helped to renegotiate the agreement between the city and the Padres when it came to how Petco Park was used for non-game events.

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Wide-Open Spaces
March 6, 2015 | San Diego Downtown News

Headshot Kris Michell FinalIs Downtown San Diego a concrete jungle? Hardly. In fact, it’s time to take a jackhammer to that old notion.

Open space — both large and small — will be opening up throughout our community in the coming year. Just look at what is on tap:

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Mayor Faulconer Has Last Laugh
March 6 | UT San Diego

mayor kev talkFor anyone who wants to see Mayor Kevin Faulconer agree with what they say, the Downtown San Diego Partnership’s annual dinner was the place to be on Thursday.

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Despite mayor’s hands-off approach, Civic San Diego may face increased oversight
March 6 | San Diego CityBeat

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“For Downtown, in particular, AB 504 would be especially devastating. Just as we are seeing our local economy rebound, this would upend Civic San Diego’s development process, which has long been touted as a model of efficiency,” said the group’s president, Kris Michell, in an email.

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Civic San Diego showdown
March 11 | San Diego CityBeat

citybeat 2Kris Michell, president of the Downtown San Diego Partnership, an influential nonprofit representing business interests, released a statement immediately following the announcement that called the bill “devastating” and predicted that it would “scare off developers who want to invest in our urban communities.”

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Spotlight on Parking App for Its Launch
March 6 | San Diego Business Journal

Civic San DiegoScores of San Diego residents voted last month via Facebook for one of four proposed names for an app that will make it easier and quicker to find parking downtown.

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Downtown Draw
March 6 | San Diego Business Journal

downtown drawAccording to data from Civic San Diego and the nonprofit Downtown San Diego Partnership, downtown as of December 2014 had 2,109 apartments and condos under construction. That number is greater than the total 1,695 units completed in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 combined — and in 2011, no apartments were completed.

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‘Quartyard’ turns wasteland into playland
March 6 | UT San Diego

QuartyardKris Michell, CEO of the Downtown San Diego Partnership business group, called the Quartyard an example of “creative collision,” in which entrepreneurs try something new that breathes life into urban dead spaces, like parking lots.

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Downtown San Diego Celebrates Recent Success
March 6 | San Diego 6

mayor speechThe Downtown San Diego Partnership swore in its new board of directors, but the highlight of the evening was Mayor Kevin Faulconer making fun of his fellow council members, and of himself.

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Solutions in Works to Meet Downtown Parking Demand
March 6 | San Diego Business Journal

Civic San DiegoAs downtown welcomes more mixed-use projects that bring with them more residents, more consumers and more businesses, there remains a daunting challenge: finding a place for all those people to park.

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Old San Diego Library Becomes East Village Eyesore
February 18 | KPBS

libraryChristina Chadwick, spokeswoman for the Downtown San Diego Partnership, said the group is paying attention to the fate of the old library.

“Certainly, the downtown library is a prime piece of real estate and is going to drive economic growth,” Chadwick said.

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Port Studying Options, Leaves Ride Proposals Up in the Air
February 13 | San Diego Business Journal

port studyingQuestions over timing and priorities came to the fore as port commissioners reviewed five proposals to put Ferris wheel or observation tower attractions on the downtown San Diego waterfront.

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Downtown San Diego: On the Rise
February 6, 2015 | San Diego Downtown News

Headshot Kris Michell FinalWant to know a quick way to gauge the economic health of our Downtown? Just look to the sky and count the cranes. Not the birds, of course, but the construction cranes.

Downtown currently has more than a half dozen cranes dotting our skyline, with many more on the way.

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Downtown Partnership Seeks to Raise Profile of Digital Prowess
January 16 | San Diego Business Journal

sdbjdigital marketing committeeThe Downtown San Diego Partnership is tapping into the expertise of local firms to raise city’s national profile as a hub for companies that do online marketing.

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Lighting up Downtown’s Life
January 2, 2015 | San Diego Downtown News

Tree LightingThings are looking a lot brighter for Downtown San Diego.

That’s thanks to the Downtown San Diego Partnership’s Clean & Safe program, which has instituted a comprehensive decorative tree-lighting program throughout Downtown.

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