National Experts Arriving in Sacramento for Game-Changing Advisory Panel

Downtown takes the reins to capitalize on ‘new age of opportunity’ for Sacramento

SACRAMENTO, CALIF. (March 4, 2024) – Starting Wednesday, March 6, local and national experts will gather in Sacramento for an Urban Land Institute Technical Advisory Panel (ULI TAP) to interview critical Sacramento stakeholders and form recommendations that reimagines a capital destination district.


The ULI TAP panel will include Paul Levy, former President & CEO of Philadelphia’s Center City District; Tom Murphy, former Mayor of Pittsburgh; Jason Kenney, Chief Deputy Director of the California Department of General Services; and Kate Collignon, Managing Partner at HR&A San Francisco.


The panel will interview developers, city staff, Sacramento placemakers, economists, and industry leaders over the course of two days to form key recommendations and submit a preliminary proposal to share with local officials in the coming weeks. Findings from the report will be shared at the State of Downtown on March 26 and included in advocacy efforts following the annual event.


Previous recommendations from ULI panels have paved the way for the formation of the Capitol Area Development Authority (CADA), who are responsible for projects like the R St., Artists Lofts, BARK Park, and CLTRE Club; ULI TAP has also most recently provided recommendations for the Broadway Complete Streets Program, and for the recovery of downtown San Francisco.


Sacramento currently sits at a pivotal moment of opportunity, with downtown at the forefront. The ULI TAP is one of many elements Downtown Sacramento Partnership is utilizing to curate a multi-phased approach to redefine Sacramento post-pandemic. Further recommendations, strategies, and economic analyses will be released throughout 2024.