What is the State of Downtown?
Every year the Downtown Alliance looks at the overall economy and benchmarks what’s happening in Downtown Salt Lake City, and from this they develop the State of Downtown report. Downtown Alliance’s Executive Director Jason Mathis and Director of Urban Development Jesse Dean discuss with us how this report is developed, as well as give an in-depth look at some of the findings from the 2016 report, and what is to come for the future.
About Downtown Alliance:
The Downtown Alliance is a 501c6 nonprofit organization dedicated to building a dynamic and diverse community that is the regional center for culture, commerce and entertainment.
Established in 1991, the Downtown Alliance represents more than 2,500 business and property owners in the Central Business District, which is bounded by North Temple, Interstate 15, 400 South, and 300 East. A special assessment on commercial properties in the CBD helps to fund the Downtown Alliance. Our approximately $2.5 million budget is comprised of 40 percent special assessment funds and 60 percent sponsorships, donations, attendance fees and partnerships with other organizations. The Downtown Alliance became a strategic partner of the Salt Lake Chamber in 2003 and shares office space and administrative resources with the Chamber.
Learn More: DowntownSLC.org
Since 2008, Jason has served as the executive director of Salt Lake City’s Downtown Alliance and executive vice president of the Salt Lake Chamber. In this role, he oversees all aspects of Downtown Alliance programs, helping to build a dynamic and diverse downtown that is the regional center for culture, commerce and entertainment.
Jesse is responsible for representing the Downtown Alliance and the downtown property owners on policy positions and economic development initiatives in the downtown area. Jesse also provides research on key downtown economic and business indicators, publishing quarter and annual economic profiles of the Central Business District.