The CEO of Downtown Dallas Inc., who has overseen the city center's boom, is heading to Denver. Kourtny Garrett will become CEO of the Downtown Denver Partnership in January.
- Garrett has worked for the Dallas nonprofit for two decades and as CEO since 2016.
- Downtown development is guided by the nonprofit's 360 Plan, which has been endorsed by the City Council.
Why it matters: Garrett is leaving at the end of an era of massive downtown revitalization. During her tenure, the city's center has flourished and is now home to about 13,000 people.
- In the late 1990s, there were only a couple hundred residents and 40 vacant buildings downtown.
- Now the area boasts around 4,000 employers, including AT&T, which built the $100 million AT&T Discovery District.
The intrigue: The original 360 Plan that was created a decade ago called for the Dallas Union Station to be developed similar to Denver's Union Station, which is both a transportation hub and a mixed-use development.
- "Regardless of whether it ends up being a transportation hub or not, that whole southwestern part of downtown is the next to pop," Garrett told Axios Dallas.
What's next: Downtown Dallas Inc. will begin a national search for Garrett's replacement.
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