What's Up Downtown: 50 Years and Rising

Over the past fifty years, downtown Orlando’s growth has become a national model in showcasing how municipalities, community partners, and business leaders can execute a shared vision for a 21st century city. The Downtown Development Board (DDB) is proud to be serving the downtown community for 50 years.

Join us on Thursday, September 30 as we continue our 50th anniversary celebration with a panel discussion focusing on the past, present, and future of downtown Orlando. Jennifer Quigley, Vice President at WBQ Design & Engineering, Inc and former DDB Board Chair, will serve as moderator. Joining us on the panel to discuss downtown’s past and future trajectory will be:

  • Thomas C. Chatmon, Jr., DDB/CRA Executive Director
  • Frank Billingsley, Director of Placemaking and Competitiveness, former DDB Executive Director, 2002 – 2006
  • Thomas R. Kohler, Senior Principal at Real Estate Research Consultants, Inc, former DDB Executive Director, 1979 - 2002

Attendees have the option to attend this event in-person or online. No walkups. Space is limited. 

In-person Event Information

Time: 11:15 AM - 11:45 AM Networking, 12:00 PM Program Starts 

Location: Amway Center, 400 W Church Street, Orlando, FL 32801

Unfortunately, the in-person event is at capacity. Please click below to register for the waitlist. 

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Online Event Information

Time: 12:00PM Program Starts

Location: Zoom

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  • Thursday, September 30, 2021 | 11:15 AM - 01:00 PM
  • Thursday, September 30, 2021 | 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM


Amway Center, 400 W Church Street, Orlando 32801  View Map

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