Downtown Spokane Partnership Hosts Inaugural State of Downtown Event

The Downtown Spokane Partnership is hosting its inaugural State of the Downtown event with keynote speaker Michael J. Berne, a nationally recognized futurist and retail expert.

The event will take place May 11 at the American Pavilion in Riverfront Park at 3:30 p.m. with the presentation of the Downtown Spokane Partnership Legacy and Impact Awards, followed by the 2022 Downtown Awards and keynote speech. Bern opening.

Local entrepreneur and angel investor Tom Simpson has been nominated for the Partnership’s 2022 Legacy Award, which recognizes a business, organization or individual who has left a mark on the city by creating outstanding contributions to the community of business and vitality of downtown Spokane.

Simpson is CEO of Ignite Northwest, Chairman of the Spokane Angel Alliance, and Managing Member of the Kick-Start angel investment funds.

Greenstone Corp. founder Jim Frank has been nominated for the 2022 Partnership Impact Award, which recognizes those who find potential in underutilized properties and serve as role models for others in the business world.

Frank is responsible for the development of Kendall Yards as well as the River District community at Liberty Lake.

Berne, founder and president of New York-based MJB Consulting, is a regular presenter and keynote speaker at industry conferences, including those hosted by the International Downtown Association.

Berne is the author of the “Retail Contrarian” blog and contributed to two recently published books on Downtown and Main Street Retail.

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Amy Edelen can be reached at (509) 459-5581 or [email protected]

David H. Henry