Previous Webinars

As restaurants and businesses begin their process of gradually reopening, business districts and the City of San Diego have heard of the desperate need to think differently about our streets and sidewalks in order to allow for safe social distancing and additional customer capacity. It’s clear that the creative use of these spaces will be critical to the economic recovery of our communities and commercial zones as they begin to bloom in urban areas across the country. With recent developments in special permitting to allow Curbside San Diego and other outdoor dining and activations, the Downtown San Diego Partnership and San Diego BID Alliance welcome you to a discussion with the City of San Diego experts on how this outdoor dining can be implemented in your neighborhood and at your business.   

With presentations from: 
Elyse Lowe, Director, Development Services Department 
Natasha Collura, Executive Director, Special Events & Filming Department 
Elizabeth Studebaker, Assistant Deputy Director, Economic Development Department

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CONTACT: Economic Development Department, City of San Diego
Elizabeth Studebaker, Assistant Deputy Director,, 619-533-4561
Sean Karafin, Program Manager,
CONTACT: Special Events & Filming Department
Natasha Collura, Director,, 619-685-1332
Cindy Kodama, Manager,, 619-685-1481
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Downtown Public Safety and State of the Court System - May 20, 2020


As we adjust to the new realities of social distancing and stay at home orders, the work of essential employees charged with maintaining public safety in our communities continues.

The Downtown San Diego Partnership hosted a discussion about how public safety has adapted to best serve neighborhoods in response to COVID-19, what the close coordination of public safety work looks like in Downtown, and the changes that have been made for safe continuation of services through the court system. 

Moderated by: Betsy Brennan, President & CEO, Downtown San Diego Partnership

With presentations from: 
Summer Stephan, District Attorney, San Diego County 
David Nisleit, Chief of Police, San Diego Police Department 
Alonso Vivas, Executive Director, Downtown Partnership Clean & Safe

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Chief David Nisleit, San Diego Police Department
Alonso Vivas, Executive Director, Downtown San Diego Partnership Clean & Safe
Additional Resources
  • Get It Done
    • Download the app or use the online reporting system to report a problem. 
  • City of San Diego Parking Information
    • “The City is limiting parking enforcement and issuance of citations to holiday or Sunday enforcement regulations until further notice. Parking rules are enforced for the following: Red Zones, White Zones, Blue Zones.” (as of 5/20/2020)
    • Changes to parking enforcement will be announced through the City’s website and SDPD media channels.

Economic Forecast & Plans to Reopen the Region- May 7, 2020


The impacts of COVID-19 have been felt in almost all corners of the regional economy. From retail to entertainment and manufacturing, industries across the spectrum are doing their best to weather the current storm of uncertainty. As many begin thinking and planning for a future where current restrictions begin their process of safely loosening, questions remain about what that process will look like and how different industries will have to adapt.

On Thursday, May 7, the Downtown San Diego Partnership hosted a discussion covering the latest data available about the impact of COVID-19 to the regional economy, how plans are being formulated to reopen the region, and how different industries can prepare for the next phase of recovery.

With presentations from:
Kevin Faulconer, Mayor, City of San Diego
Craig Benedetto, San Diego Business Resiliency and Reopening Alliance
Ray Major, Chief Economist, San Diego Association of Governments

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Mayor Kevin Faulconer, City of San Diego
Craig Benedetto, San Diego Business Resiliency and Reopening Alliance
Principal at California Strategies
Ray Major, Chief Economist, San Diego Association of Governments
County of San Diego Resources

Resources and Plans to Support the Unsheltered Population- April 16,2020:


The realities faced by our region’s unsheltered population make them particularly vulnerable to the spread of COVID-19. Though much is still in progress, the response to provide preventative education and tools, fill basic needs, and connect individuals from this population to safe shelter has been swift and collaborative. This includes work in Downtown San Diego, home to the highest concentration of unsheltered residents in the region. 

With presentations from:
Supervisor Nathan Fletcher
, District 4, San Diego County Board of Supervisors
Councilmember Chris Ward, District 3, San Diego City Council
Rick Gentry, President & CEO, San Diego Housing Commission
Keely Halsey, Chief of Homelessness Strategies and Housing Liaison, City of San Diego

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Downtown San Diego Partnership

Supervisor Nathan Fletcher, County Board of Supervisors 
Councilmember Chris Ward, City of San Diego 
Keely Halsey, Chief of Homelessness Strategies and Housing Liaison, City of San Diego
Rick Gentry, President & CEO, San Diego Housing Commission
Lisa Jones, Senior Vice President Homeless Housing Innovations, San Diego Housing Commission  

Crisis Communications & Empathetic Marketing - April 9, 2020:


Though its beginning days are behind us, the challenges of open, transparent and timely communications related to the COVID-19 crisis are still being managed by organizations of all shapes and sizes. These organizations are navigating the balance of communicating with their internal teams and continuing to connect with their customers/audiences through external communications and appropriate marketing. 

With presentations from:
Hon. Greg Cox, San Diego County Board of Supervisors
Derek Danziger, Katz & Associates
Margie Newman, Intesa Communications Group


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RESOURCES for Crisis Communications & Empathetic Marketing – April 9, 2020 

Downtown San Diego Partnership

  • Next webinar: Resources and Plans to Support the Unsheltered Population on Thursday, April 16 from noon – 1PM [LINK] 


Supervisor Greg Cox, County Board of Supervisors

  • San Diego County Updates & Resources for COVID-19:
  • County of San Diego Facebook page:
  • Contact Supervisor Greg Cox:; 619-531-5511
  • Contact the Office of Supervisor Greg Cox
  • Marvin Mayorga, Policy Advisor:

Derek Danziger, President, Katz & Associates

Margie Newman, Founding Partner, Intesa Communications Group

  • Website:
  • Sign up to receive exclusive tips and resources from Intesa Communications:
  • Contact Margie Newman:
  • Slides attached



Small Business Relief & Support - April 2, 2020:


Small businesses play a critical role in the San Diego economy and will continue to define the nature of our neighborhoods as we adjust to the realities of COVID-19. Government and organizations from throughout the region are banding together to ensure these small businesses have access to the resources and capital they need to weather this environment of uncertainty. On Thursday, April 2, the Downtown San Diego Partnership, San Diego Regional EDC, and San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce will host a webinar with local leaders to highlight these resources and the next steps small business owners can take to access them.
We invite you to join us and learn about what assistance is available to you and your business.

With presentations from:
Assemblymember Todd Gloria
Christina Bibler, Economic Development Director, City of San Diego
Daniel Fitzgerald, Regional Associate Director, Small Business Development Center


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RESOURCES from Small Business Relief & Support Webinar – April 2, 2020

Downtown San Diego Partnership 


Our Partners at the San Diego Regional EDC and San Diego Chamber of Commerce: 

  • Updates and news about COVID-19, related to the regional business community from the San Diego Regional 
  • Coronavirus resources for business and employees from the San Diego Chamber of Commerce: 
  • For the key takeaways from the first round of data collected to identify the impact of coronavirus on San Diego businesses provided by these and other regional partners, click here 


California State Assembly 


City of San Diego 

  • City of San Diego Business Relief and Support:, includes information on small business relief and support from the local, state, and federal levels  
  • Small Business Relief Fund
    • The goal of the SBRF is to help businesses retain employees and sustain continuity of business operations impacted by federal, California, San Diego County and local emergency declarations regarding COVID-19. Financial assistance, in the form of grants and loans, will range from $10,000 to $20,000 and will be allocated to eligible, qualified small businesses based on the availability of funds, program guidelines and the submission of all required information and supporting documentation.
    • Application (English)
    • Solicitud (Español)
  • Contact the City of San Diego Economic Development Team 


San Diego & Imperial Valley Small Business Development Center 

  • Website: 
  • Request Counseling 
  • SDBC on-demand training webinar, guidance on how to get capital and what to do  
  • Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) & Emergency Economic Injury Grants 
    • These grants provide an emergency advance of up to $10,000 to small businesses and private non-profits harmed by COVID-19 within three days of applying for an SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL). The advance does not need to be repaid under any circumstance, and may be used to keep employees on payroll, to pay for sick leave, meet increased production costs due to supply chain disruptions, or pay business obligations, including debts, rent and mortgage payments. 
    • EIDL Application  
  • Paycheck Protection Plan (PPP) 
    • The Paycheck Protection Program is a loan designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll. SBA will forgive loans if all employees are kept on the payroll for eight weeks and the money is used for payroll, rent, mortgage interest, or utilities. 
    • How the Paycheck Protection Plan Works 
    • Find Eligible Lenders 
  • Nonprofit Support

Doing Business in a Time of COVID-19 - March 24, 2020:


The ongoing outbreak of COVID-19 has created an environment of unprecedented uncertainty for businesses in the San Diego region and across the country. The San Diego BID Alliance and Downtown San Diego Partnership are committed to the continued support of our vibrant business community as this situation develops. 

  • What is the current status of COVID-19 in San Diego?
  • What policies are in place to protect my business and my staff?
  • What resources are available to aid my business in this time of crisis?

We invite you to join us as we navigate this uncertainty together and begin to write the next chapter of the innovation that has defined our region.

Moderated by: 
Betsy Brennan, President & CEO, Downtown San Diego Partnership

Mayor Kevin Faulconer, City of San Diego
Thomas R. Coleman, M.D., M.S. Medical Director, MCFHS County of San Diego HHSA
Iris L. Kristoff, Attorney, Dunn DeSantis Walt & Kendrick, LLP
Michael Sovacool, Small Business Administration

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RESOURCES from Doing Business in a Time of COVID-19 Webinar – March 24, 2020 

Downtown San Diego Partnership 


San Diego County 


Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 


Dunn DeSantis Walt & Kendrick 


Small Business Administration (SBA) 



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