State of Downtown 2024

Connection & Community

Thursday, March 7
3-7 p.m.


  • 3 p.m. / Guest Check-in, Bars Open, Networking
  • 4-5:30 p.m. / Keynote Program
  • 5:30-7 p.m. / Networking Happy Hour


Seattle Convention Center
Summit Building, 5th Floor
900 Pine St., Seattle, WA 98101


  • Reserved corporate seating (eight spots): $1,800
  • Individual open seating: $150


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Seattle’s biggest business event is just around the corner! Join us on Thursday, March 7 for State of Downtown 2024 presented by Lane Powell PC.

This year’s program will highlight two of the transformative projects that are reshaping downtown: the nearly completed Waterfront Park and the work of Friends of Waterfront Seattle, making it a dynamic place of connection, belonging and joy for all residents; and the recently announced Elliott Bay Connections project. We’ll also hear from several city leaders, including Seattle City Council President Sara Nelson, on downtown revitalization, public safety, Seattle’s ongoing drug and homelessness crises and more. And, as always, DSA President & CEO Jon Scholes will share insights and analysis on the present and future state of downtown.

Keynote speakers include:

  • Leslie Koch, Donor Representative, Elliott Bay Connections project
  • Sara Nelson, President, Seattle City Council
  • Jon Scholes, President & CEO, Downtown Seattle Association
  • Joy Shigaki, President & CEO, Friends of Waterfront Seattle

KOMO-TV’s Chris Daniels will moderate a panel discussion with city leaders:

  • Ann Davison, Seattle City Attorney
  • Adrian Diaz, Seattle Chief of Police
  • Amy Smith, Acting Chief, Seattle CARE Department

After the program, join us for a networking happy hour with heavy appetizers, drinks, music, conversation and beautiful views.

Keynote Speakers

Joy Shigaki

Joy Shigaki
President & CEO, Friends of Waterfront Seattle

Over the course of her career working in nonprofit, government and community-based organizations across the country, Joy has worked within public-private partnerships on parks and a range of civic efforts. She will join us to share the very latest on the redevelopment of the central waterfront, including the new 20-acre Waterfront Park.

Leslie Koch
Donor Representative, Elliott Bay Connections

Leslie led the transformation of Governors Island in New York City and the development of the Perelman Performing Arts Center at Ground Zero. She is currently representing the private donors on the Elliott Bay Connections project, a new public–private partnership to connect, restore and revitalize public parks along the Elliott Bay waterfront. She will share the vision for the recently announced project and what visitors will experience when it’s completed in 2026.

Jon Scholes

Jon Scholes
President & CEO, DSA

Sara NelsonSara Nelson
President, Seattle City Council


Chris Daniels

Chris Daniels
Senior Reporter & National Correspondent, KOMO 4


Ann Davison
Seattle City Attorney

Adrian Diaz
Seattle Chief of Police

Amy Smith
Acting Chief, Seattle CARE Department

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