State of Downtown Event Offers Insight into Downtown Health


State of Downtown Event Offers Insight into the Health of Downtown  

The inaugural State of Downtown, presented by Republic Bank, is June 19 at the Lexington Opera House. This new event will attract leading developers, real estate professionals, economic development professionals, lenders, and community leaders for a presentation and conversation about Lexington’s downtown area. 

Attendees can expect to hear about the health of downtown, including data on development, street-level occupancy and rental rates, the office market, the hospitality industry, event attendance, the residential market, and other relevant stats.

The event will feature an expert panel that will discuss current downtown projects and issues. Panelists include Todd Ziegler, Market President of Republic Bank; Melody Flowers, Executive Director for Strategic Analysis & Policy at the University of Kentucky; Dudley Webb, Chairman of The Webb Companies; and James Schrader, President & Principal Broker of Schrader Commercial Properties, LLC. Laurie Peterson with Business Lexington will moderate the event and will take questions from the audience following the panel. 

Doors open at 4:00 p.m. and the program begins at 4:30 p.m. A networking reception will follow at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $30, and include complimentary beer, wine, and hors d’oeuvres at the reception. For more information and to buy tickets, visit or reach out to[email protected]

State of Downtown is hosted by the Downtown Lexington Partnership and the Downtown Lexington Management District.

About Downtown Lexington Partnership

DLP, a product of the recently consolidated Downtown Lexington Corporation and Lexington Downtown Development Authority, is a community and business advocacy nonprofit organization. DLP encourages responsible economic development, produces events, assists members with any issues, and promotes downtown Lexington. DLP has over 350 members and produced more than 60 events for the public in 2018 including Central Bank Thursday Night Live, Mayfest Arts Fair, Lexington’s Fourth of July Festival, and more.  

About the Downtown Lexington Management District

The Downtown Lexington Management District (“the District”) is Lexington’s first property tax business improvement district. The District’s mandate is to use the collected property taxes in ways that will foster economic development and ultimately improve property values within the District. Each and every project or idea will always have the same goal, which is to create a downtown District that becomes a desired destination for both visitors and locals.