Downtown Cleveland Alliance Update With CEO Michael Deemer - 2-9-22

Michael Deemer, President & CEO from The Downtown Cleveland Alliance spoke to Bill about We’re getting closer and closer to All Star Weekend taking place in Downtown Cleveland. How is Downtown preparing to host an event of this scale - how is DCA working to influence people to return to Downtown?

  • Built a track record for hosting large-scale national events- NBA Finals runs, World Series, 2016 RNC, 2018 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships, 2019 MLB All-Star, 2021 NFL Draft
  • Partners are collaborating to produce event & activations- Perfect timing- Black History Month-
    • The Real Black Friday- Black owned Minority Business Pop-up Retail in Tower City- Sat. Feb. 19th
    • Check out New Tower City Retailers- Jaxon’s Closet, Peach Fuzz, Mi’ Amour
    • New Downtown Restaurants- Indie E. 4th, House of Creole- Opening All-Star Weekend - Fruit Stand now open in PHS
  • In 2021 Downtown experienced nearly 26 million visits, we anticipate that All-Star weekend and and the new retailers will give a huge boost to Downtown visitation and offer good foot traffic for local retailers

How is DCA working to influence people to return to Downtown?

  • Improve comfort levels by encouraging vaccinations, and the booster- social distancing and practicing good hygiene
  • Data shows 90% of workers returned to office in some capacity
  • Currently taking applications for the City Advocates Young Professionals Board application
    • DCA is restructuring the program to encourage employers to "nominate" employees for the board 
    • This year we’re more closely aligning goals for the City Advocates with DCA’s core priorities.
    • Visit to nominate an employee or to apply

For more information, or if you’re interested in relocating or expanding into Downtown Cleveland, visit

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