The Downtown Denver Leadership Program provides an intense immersion in urban issues, policies, and practices through an annual project that challenges the participants’ ability to research, analyze and collaborate. Throughout the work on the project, participants are also challenged to set goals and enhance their skills as leaders.
Participants selected for the Downtown Denver Leadership Program represent a cross-section of metro-area employees and public, private and non-profit employers. Participants have demonstrated strong initiative and leadership skills in both their professional and personal lives. Participants form lasting connections and are invited to participate in the Downtown Denver Leadership Program Alumni Association.
This year, OZ’s Nate Jenkins, was the participant in the program, who helped with the design of the 2016 Class Project, The Urban Tangle. Located between Champa and Stout Streets on the 16th Street Mall, the intent of the project was to create activation and enhance one full block of the 16th Street Mall which represents a mile-long Downtown Denver gathering place that is itself in a state of transition. The class researched all aspects of Downtown Denver’s Main Street, making observations and recommendations to ensure the Mall’s success and popularity for the next 30 years.