February 9, 2023 | 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Join hundreds of business and civic leaders at the Bellevue Downtown Association's 49th Annual Celebration! Revel in an evening of dinner, drinks, and conversations about transformative city building and the future of Downtown Bellevue. We'll lead off with social time, followed by a three-course meal, special recognitions, and a fireside keynote conversation.
This year, we'll be presenting the John Boespflug City Builder Award to a community leader who has positively impacted the heart of Bellevue through their work and continues to foster a dynamic civic and cultural community for all. See all past honorees here >>
Downtown Bellevue's Hyperlocal Future
The celebratory evening will include a fireside keynote conversation featuring Jennifer Vey and Nate Storring, editors of Hyperlocal: Place Governance in a Fragmented World. They will discuss the power of place – and the future of downtowns and urban centers like Bellevue’s – in a fragmented world. You'll learn about why place governance matters -- How the “hyper” local is the locus of real change and provide guidance on how to improve place governance practices to meet the needs of all communities.
senior fellow with the Brookings Metro and Director of the Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Center for Transformative Placemaking
Vey is the author or co-author of dozens of Brookings publications examining the changing place needs of people and businesses; the implications of these shifts on how we live and work; and how transformative placemaking investments can support the development of more inclusive communities. Her work explores how place-based policies and practices can generate widespread social, economic, and environmental benefits.
Storring is a curator, writer, and designer who specializes in making contemporary architecture and city planning accessible to the general public. Since 2016, he has co-authored several research briefs on innovation districts, including placemaking principles for innovation districts, a guide to asset mapping, and a primer for the U.S. Conference of Mayors.
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