We'll be deep-diving into downtown's hot topics, including:
1) Does Phoenix have legs in the race for Amazon's HQ2?
2) As entrepreneurs get priced out of coastal cities, can Phoenix attract tenants through affordability?
3) Can urban planners create more fluid connectivity between Phoenix's light rail, bus and independent transportation systems?
4) How will Phoenix's developers and tenants work together to create a live-work-play center downtown?
5) How do boutique restaurants and hotels create an urban environment that attracts locals and tourists alike?
|7:30 AM - 8:30 AM||
Registration, Breakfast & Networking
|8:30 AM - 9:15 AM||
Downtown Scene: The Future of Hospitality
|9:15 AM - 10:00 AM||
Major Projects in the Pipeline: New Developments & More
|10:00 AM - 10:30 AM||
Post-Panel Networking & Schmooze
Venue to be Announced by Tuesday, January 2nd
In a recent New York Times article, downtown Phoenix is described as desirable city for Silicon Valley's entrepreneurs that want young talent, a warm-weather climate and affordable office rents. This outlook is refreshing, as the Desert Valley wasn't always perceived in the most positive light from outsiders. In fact, the NY Times spends two paragraphs referencing articles from Vice and Reddit that negatively critique Phoenix.
Why would America's sixth largest city be viewed in such a dim way? There are several possibilities. First, the Great Recession slowed development activity to a near halt. Second, the Desert Valley climate does not lend itself to the most environmentally sustainable of places. Third, Phoenix has been impacted by rising construction costs and skilled labor shortages.
A dip in the market, however, is all the more reason to work smarter and build better. With innovations in sustainability, technology and development, Phoenix has revitalized into a city where people want to be. The weather is warm, the affordability is real and downtown has become a focal point for the city's live-work-play lifestyle.
As the Desert Valley continues to thrive, how can Phoenix's developers, investors and hospitality proprietors work together to create an attractive downtown for its evolving urban community?
Find out this and more at our second annual Future of Downtown Phoenix event this January! Hear from Phoenix's top CRE leaders on what downtown is today and what it will be tomorrow. As always, there will be plenty of opportunities to network and connect with the best in the industry!
Questions? Comments? Contact Sarah, our Phoenix Event Producer, at firstname.lastname@example.org