Thought Leaders Circle

From the Puget Sound headquarters to HQ2 in Arlington, their investment in Nashville, and 18 Tech Hubs across North America, Amazon is proud to be an engine for job creation and helping to power downtown economies. They engage early and often with policymakers, civic leaders and community organizations to help foster 18-hour districts where people not only work, but also live, shop, dine, play, and more.

Contact: Jared Axelrod, Head of Puget Sound Public Policy & Community Engagement

With more than 20 years of experience, Block by Block continues to set the standard for providing cleaning, safety, hospitality, landscaping and outreach solutions for public spaces with in-depth training, industry-best recruiting practices and an innovative operating model. Through our passion for downtowns and urban areas, we harness our creativity and draw upon best practices to create highly effective, turnkey programs for our partners.

Contact: Derreck Hughes, Vice President of Operations
(502) 749-1551

Downtown Decorations is a premier provider of decor services with a portfolio spanning projects around the globe. If you are looking for decor for winter, spring, summer, or to be the best-decorated city on International Waffle Day, don’t hesitate to call us. From shopping centers and downtowns to zoos and casinos, every Downtown Decorations project is completely customized to fit the location and placemaking needs.

Contact: Garrett Peterson, Vice President
(315) 565-7405

IKE Smart City and sister company Orange Barrel Media provide a comprehensive solution to activating the public realm through a community-oriented approach to outdoor media. ISC is the leader in interactive digital wayfinding kiosks that drive discovery, mobility, and equity, and OBM creates iconic signage that adds vibrancy to urban places. Together, the companies have redefined the contributions OOH media can make to downtown areas.

Contact: Jibran Shermohammed, Vice President of Development & Corporate Counsel
(770) 714-9174

City Builders


Contact: Dan Casterella, CEO
(914) 500-3659


Contact: Chris Beynon, Principal
(510) 845-5168


Contact: Brian Scott, Managing Partner
(206) 971-6030

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