Tempe

IDA College Town Summit

Join Downtown Tempe Authority and IDA in downtown Tempe, Arizona, March 28-30, 2017 as we host the IDA College Town Summit to share strategies, build partnerships, and find inspiration. This inaugural summit will focus solely on the unique downtowns that host colleges and universities as the backdrop to their urban spaces.


The Program

The program is subject to change.

Tours

Downtown Tempe Dine Around

Date: March 29, 2017, 7 pm
Cost: $50 walking tour
Location: Meet on the southwest corner of West Fifth Street and South Mill Avenue (in front of the U.S. Post Office)

Join this walking tour of some of the best eateries in Downtown Tempe. With its college town history, the dining scene is evolving to engage a variety of consumers (including but not limited to college students). Enjoy small bites paired with a sample beverage from three different venues...and yes, we are referring to adult beverages. Cheers to a night of food, drinks and great company in this walkable university downtown.

Downtown Phoenix: The Students are Coming!

Date: March 30, 2017, 9 am to 12 pm
Cost: $45 tour
Speaker: Dan Klocke, Executive Director Downtown Phoenix Partnership

Just over 10 years ago downtown Phoenix had a minimal student presence. Flash forward to 2017 and there are now 15,000 college and graduate students in downtown that have changed the feel and vibrancy of a place that for years had felt lonely after 5 pm when there were no events. Several other major investments in downtown such as the biomedical campus, light rail, arts and cultural venues, plus the student influx, have transformed a sleepy place into an exciting urban neighborhood with changes coming even faster as the progress snowballs. Learn about how downtown Phoenix has become a different place than it was a decade ago and what is in progress to help us catch up with other great downtowns around North America.

Downtown Mesa: Universities and Adaptive Reuse

Date: March 30, 2017, 1 pm to 4 pm
Cost: $45 tour

Downtown Mesa recently became the third downtown in the Valley Metro Light Rail system (along with Tempe and Phoenix) and the growth has moved quickly ever since. Check out two adaptive reuse projects that turned the old Southside Hospital into Benedictine University, and the old Mesa City Courthouse into Mesa Center for Higher Education, which also houses Benedictine University, Wilkes University and LaunchPoint, a tech accelerator. Both are a quick jaunt off light rail stops and guests can tour the downtown area between the two tours. Enjoy a coffee at Inside The Bungalow to keep energy levels high.

Tuesday, March 28

12 pm – 5 pm: Registration
Location: Downtown Tempe Authority Community Room @ 310 S. Mill Avenue directly across from the Light Rail stop

 OPTIONAL – Spring Training! Come in early and enjoy a Cactus League Spring Training game. The two closest stadiums are Tempe Diablo Stadium, home of the Los Angeles Angels, and Sloan Park, home of the Chicago Cubs. Games are at 1:05 pm at these two stadiums. Click here for the schedule.

 

5 pm - 7 pm: Opening Night Reception
Location: Pedal Haus Brewery, 730 S. Mill Avenue in Centerpoint Plaza
Enjoy drinks and light appetizers while you get to know your fellow college downtown colleagues. This local brewery is a great place to unwind with a beer while enjoying games and activities on the outdoor patio.

 

Wednesday, March 29

All conference activities and sessions will take place at F.A.B.R.I.C., 132 E. 6th Street. F.A.B.R.I.C. is a new concept in Downtown Tempe that provides local fashion professionals with a physical location in Arizona where they can create, collaborate, learn, source, manufacture, market and celebrate fashion. They exist to support and grow the fashion industry in Arizona by scaffolding its entrepreneurs and attracting fashion related start-ups to the state. They utilize sustainable and state-of-the-art manufacturing processes and are passionate about leading innovation in 21st century apparel design and wearable tech. FABRIC is in partnership with the City of Tempe and stands for Fashion and Business Resource and Innovation Center.

6 am - 7 am: Workout Options: Group Run or Downtown Hike

 

7:00 am - 10:30 am: Registration
Location: Main Lobby of F.A.B.R.I.C.

 

7 am - 8:15 am: Continental Breakfast and Coffee
Location: Great Room of F.A.B.R.I.C.

 

8:15 am - 9:45 am: Opening Remarks and Master Talks
Location: Great Room of F.A.B.R.I.C.

 

Matt Salmon
Vice President for Government Affairs, ASU

All Politics are Local

Mr. Salmon graduated from ASU in 1981 and holds a master’s of public administration from Brigham Young University. After a career in telecommunications, he was elected to the Arizona State Senate, where he rose to assistant majority leader and chairman of the Rules Committee before his election to Congress in 1994. After serving three terms, Salmon left Congress in 2000; he returned in 2012 and was re-elected in 2014. Salmon is a member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs and has served as chairman on numerous subcommittees. He speaks fluent Mandarin and has led delegations to China. In his new role, he will assist ASU in advancing its global strategy, including working with the governments of other countries to advance international projects.

Kimber Lanning
Executive Director, Local First Arizona

The Importance of Ownership in Building Great Places

Ms. Lanning is an entrepreneur and economic specialist striving to cultivate vibrant communities and inspire a higher quality of life throughout Arizona. Lanning is actively involved in fostering cultural diversity, economic self-reliance and responsible growth for the Phoenix metropolitan area. In 2003, Lanning founded Local First Arizona, a statewide, nonprofit organization dedicated to raising public awareness of the economic and cultural benefits provided by locally owned businesses. As the executive director, Lanning has grown the organization to more than 2,500 members, and works extensively with city and state policymakers to create a supportive environment for entrepreneurs. She works to inform, educate, and motivate consumers to support local enterprises, and encourages public policy that enables locally owned and operated businesses to thrive.

Grady Gammage, Jr.
View of a College Downtown from a Member of the “Family”

Grady Gammage, Jr. possesses many titles including academic, lawyer, author, and occasionally, real estate developer. Academically, Mr. Gammage is a Senior Fellow at ASU’s Morrison Institute, the Kyl Center for Water Policy, and a Senior Scholar at the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability. Additionally, he teaches at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law and at the W.P. Carey School of Business. As a lawyer, he has represented various real estate projects including planned developments, sprawling subdivisions, and high-rise buildings. He served on the Central Arizona Project Board of Directors for 12 years, and built an award-winning mixed-use project in the City of Tempe. Mr. Gammage recently published The Future of the Suburban City: Lessons from Sustaining Phoenix from Island Press.

Charles Leffler
Hillsborough Street, A 30 Year Overnight Success …

Mr. Leffler is the Emeritus Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration at North Carolina State University, where he served as the chief financial officer. Mr. Leffler oversaw an operating budget of more than $1.4 billion and was responsible for all business and finance functions supporting the university’s instructional, research and extension programs. Mr. Leffler played a leadership role in the development of Centennial Campus, an innovative, award-winning research science park. He worked directly with local and state government leaders and agencies, including serving as a primary contact for town-gown relationships. He was a principle advocate for the redevelopment efforts of Hillsborough Street, the business district adjacent to campus. He served as treasurer of the university’s endowment, and he served NC State University for 31 years.

9:45 am - 10 am: Networking Break
Location: Lobby

 

10:15 am - 11:30 am: Breakout Sessions

 

Location: Downstairs Classrooms of F.A.B.R.I.C.
1. Daunting Challenges and Creative Approaches to Dealing with Homelessness and Problematic Street Behaviors
Location: Classroom 1
 
Not all homeless persons cause problems in our districts, and not all problematic street behavior is by homeless persons. Homeless are a diverse and heterogeneous population that require a firm yet compassionate multi-faceted approach. Learn and share about street behavior challenges, issues in college town communities and innovative approaches to tackling those complex issues. 

Session Domain: Public Space and Place Management

Moderator: John Caner, CEO, Downtown Berkeley Association
Speakers: Samantha Jackson, Senior Director of Operations, Downtown Phoenix Partnership
Chip, Executive Director, Downtown Association of Santa Cruz
Maureen Damrel, Project Director, Downtown Streets Team
Stefano Grande, CEO, Downtown Winnipeg BIZ


2. Moving Beyond Town/Gown Parking Challenges
Location: Classroom 2

Students are increasingly parking in droves, businesses demand parking for their customers while office tenants continue to increase. Avoid the chaos; learn how universities and downtowns can work together to provide ample parking for all in the downtown area.
Session Domain: Planning Infrastructure and Development

Moderator: Brett Wood, Kimley-Horn, PE, CAPP
Speakers: Adam Jones, Vice President of Operations and Parking, Downtown Tempe Authority
Donovan Durband, Park Tucson
Melinda Alonzo, ASO Parking
Kurt Matthews, Retired, City of Boulder


3. Universities as downtown partners: Managing complex relationships
Location: Co-working Flex Space Conference Room

A developer, an economist, and a former downtown and university executive will briefly share key insights and experiences with university partners, and then address audience questions and hypothetical scenarios about their own partnerships. Topics will include: why the wheels come off, shared governance, student power, sustainable partnership structures, measuring impacts, and financial partnerships.

Moderator: Ken Stapleton, Ken Stapleton & Associates
Speakers: Lee Huang, Senior Vice President and Principal, Econsult Solutions
Randy Ruttenberg, Fairmount Properties


11:30 am - 12:45 pm: Lunch with Roundtables
Location: Great Room of F.A.B.R.I.C.
Join a particular table and delve deeper into the topics that matter most to you! Coordinated by Steven Donaldson, Radiant Brands

12:45 pm - 2 pm: Breakout Sessions

 

4. Beyond Bookstores and Bars: Leveraging Your College for Economic Development
Location: Classroom 1
 
Universities and colleges have become the most powerful economic development assets in the 21st century. Smart leaders across the country are leveraging colleges to cultivate start-up communities, draw corporate offices, and even attract affluent retirees. Learn more from the experience and success of these college town leaders who are creating economically vibrant and diverse communities while using their colleges as the main catalyst. 

Session Domain: Economic Development

Moderator: Sean Maher, CEO, Downtown Boulder Inc.
Speakers: Matt Robenalt, Executive Director, Fort Collins Downtown Development Authority
Brian Kearney, Senior Development Manager, Catellus
Aaron Nelson, President & CEO, Chapel Hill Carrboro Chamber of Commerce
Tom Milligan, Vice President for External Relations, Colorado State University


5. What’s Next for Collegiate Downtowns?
Location: Classroom 2

College towns are on the front-end demographic and lifestyle changes that cycle through the economy. Millennials are so yesterday, so what’s next? This session will examine how both Gen Y and the younger Gen Z are expected to impact downtowns and markets in those areas. This session will provide exciting new retail concepts and guides for operators to cater to these generations. Additionally, a facilitated discussion will engage attendees on how college towns can best prepare for the future.
Session Domain: Economic Development

Speakers: Mike Berne, President, MJB Consulting
Brad Segal, President, Progressive Urban Management Associates


2:15 pm - 3:15 pm: Tour Downtown Tempe/ASU – ALL ATTENDEES
Walking tour – Wear comfortable shoes

3:15 pm - 3:30 pm: Networking Break
Location: Great Room of F.A.B.R.I.C.
 
3:30 pm – 4:45 pm: Breakout Sessions
 
6. Nighttime Economy, Part 1
Location: Classroom 1
 
Nightlife is tricky in every downtown. Try adding in tens of thousands of college students – and not all of them are legal drinking age! Learn about all the challenges and measures to evaluate your city’s sociability. Then make plans to join Part 2 in the evening as we walk through our bar district on a scavenger hunt using the checklist provided in Part 1. 

Session Domain: Economic Development

Speaker: Jim Peters, Responsible Hospitality Institute


7. Help Students Help you…and Create Ambassadors in the Process!
Location: Classroom 2

Hear two creative ways to get students involved with your downtown. From a highly robust and well-functioning unpaid internship program to a thriving student led events program, learn about all the unique ways to get students to be an asset to your downtown.
Session Domain: Communications, Marketing & Events

 

Speakers: Jeff Murison, Executive Director, Hillsborough Street Community Service Corporation
Ben Davis, Associate Director, Student Events and Programming, ASU


8. Fashion Connecting Downtown, Students and the City!
Location: Co-working Flex Space Conference Room

It started as a couple of dynamic women with a vision for a fashion industry in Arizona. Today it’s a physical place unlike anything else in the country, and it exists in partnership with the City of Tempe. It works due to the economic vision for Tempe and the pipeline of entrepreneurial fashion graduates at Arizona State University. The creative culture is ratcheting up! Hear the whole story.

Speakers: Donna Kennedy, Economic Development Director, City of Tempe
Angela Johnson, Fashion Designer, Fashion Educator, AZ Fashion Industry Leader and Insider, Fashion Business Consultant and Fashion Show Coordinator
Sherri Barry, Founder, AZ Fashion Source


4:45 pm - 5 pm: Closing Remarks
Location: Great Room of F.A.B.R.I.C.

 

5 pm - 7 pm: Reception
Location: Rooftop AC Marriott (Follow guides to walk there)
Guests will enjoy cocktails and hors d'oeuvres with a beautiful view of Downtown Tempe.
 
7 pm, Downtown Tempe Dine Around
Location: Meet on the southwest corner of West Fifth Street and South Mill Avenue (in front of the U.S. Post Office)

Join this walking tour of some of the best eateries in Downtown Tempe. With its college town history, the dining scene is evolving to engage a variety of consumers (including but not limited to college students). Enjoy small bites paired with a sample beverage from three different venues...and yes, we are referring to adult beverages. Cheers to a night of food, drinks and great company in this walkable university downtown.

9 pm - 10 pm: Nighttime Economy, Part 2 – The Laboratory
Location: Location: Meet at the SW corner of Mill Avenue and 5th Street (in front of the US Post Office)
Led by Responsible Hospitality Institute

 

Thursday, March 30

9 am - 12 pm: Downtown Phoenix: The Students are Coming!

Cost: $45 tour
Speaker: Dan Klocke, Executive Director Downtown Phoenix Partnership

Just over 10 years ago downtown Phoenix had a minimal student presence. Flash forward to 2017 and there are now 15,000 college and graduate students in downtown that have changed the feel and vibrancy of a place that for years had felt lonely after 5 pm when there were no events. Several other major investments in downtown such as the biomedical campus, light rail, arts and cultural venues, plus the student influx, have transformed a sleepy place into an exciting urban neighborhood with changes coming even faster as the progress snowballs. Learn about how downtown Phoenix has become a different place than it was a decade ago and what is in progress to help us catch up with other great downtowns around North America.

12 pm – 1 pm: Lunch on your own

1 pm - 4 pm: Downtown Mesa: Universities and Adaptive Reuse

Cost: $45 tour

Downtown Mesa recently became the third downtown in the Valley Metro Light Rail system (along with Tempe and Phoenix) and the growth has moved quickly ever since. Check out two adaptive reuse projects that turned the old Southside Hospital into Benedictine University, and the old Mesa City Courthouse into Mesa Center for Higher Education, which also houses Benedictine University, Wilkes University and LaunchPoint, a tech accelerator. Both are a quick jaunt off light rail stops and guests can tour the downtown area between the two tours. Enjoy a coffee at Inside The Bungalow to keep energy levels high.

OPTIONAL: March 31 - April 2, 2017

40th Annual Spring Tempe Festival of the Arts

10 am – 5:30 pm

Extend your stay through the weekend and check out the 40th anniversary of the Tempe Festival of the Arts. This juried art festival showcases approximately 350 artists from around the country, and includes three live music stages, a chalk festival, a kids block, wine and beer gardens and more. Visit TempeFestivaloftheArts.com for more details.