Policy Update | Downtown Partnership unveils 2017 Priorities at annual State of Downtown

On the morning of January 25th, Downtown Partnership held its annual State of Downtown event at the Memorial Auditorium. With speakers including Mayor Darrell Steinberg, author and keynote speaker Peter Kageyama, and Downtown Partnership Executive Director Michael Ault, the event was filled with new visions and ideas for downtown Sacramento. This year’s event held special relevance to the area of policy, with Michael Ault highlighting Downtown Partnership’s 2017 Priorities and the guiding principles behind these ambitious goals and objectives.

In 2013, Downtown Sacramento Partnership Board of Directors adopted a 5-year strategic plan – the 3 Point Plan – to focus on three overarching areas critical to the success of downtown Sacramento: environmental improvements and management; economic and commercial assistance; and, strategic development projects. Building upon this initial framework, Downtown Partnership’s Executive Committee developed an aggressive list of key policy priorities for 2017. Focused on supporting the mission of building value downtown, the 2017 Priorities identify five initiatives to maximize economic activity, mitigate obstacles and create incentives for private investment.


Accelerate a clear path to expand Sacramento’s downtown convention center to its fullest potential.

Make Sacramento’s riverfront a vibrant destination beginning with activation in Old Sacramento.

Move forward an aggressive economic development strategy with clearly defined goals and measurable outcomes.

Increase diverse housing development, specifically market-rate units for rent and for sale, within Sacramento’s downtown core.

Advance the Downtown Riverfront Streetcar project with a specific plan that relocates light rail from K to H Street in the first phase. 


These five priorities are pivotal to stimulate downtown’s commercial, cultural, and civic activities and thereby, grow Sacramento’s economy and quality of life. A strong urban core is integral to ensuring growth, fiscal sustainability and long-term prosperity for Sacramento. Through an emphasis of key objectives and tactics to accomplish each priority, the detailed frameworks found in the link below set the stage for an impactful year ahead. To learn more about each priority click here and for more information on Downtown Partnership’s 3-Point Plan, visit this page.