City Center Series

This series features nationally renowned experts discussing urbanism, innovation, placemaking and design. Learn about the value and importance of thoughtful planning and design as we create a vibrant city.

2018 Series Bonus:

November 13, 2018:
chrisTOPHER Liedel

CEO, U.S. Olympic Museum

National cultural institutions are draws for tourism, and they also play an important role in local placemaking. Join Downtown Partnership of Colorado Springs for a talk with Christopher Liedel, CEO of the U.S. Olympic Museum and Hall of Fame. Liedel will draw on his tenure with Smithsonian Enterprises and National Geographic, and preview plans for the Olympic Museum exhibitions. He will discuss how museums galvanize and define community and national narratives, drawing on arts and culture and the power of storytelling to inspire hope in individuals and foster civic pride.

The Warehouse Restaurant & Gallery, 25 W. Cimarron St.
Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Speaker starts promptly at 6 p.m.

ONLINE TICKET SALES CLOSED. Please purchase your ticket at the door.


2019 Series

For three evenings in January and February 2019, the City Center Series will focus on how Colorado Springs has risen to the national stage.

Events are $10 for general admission; $25 for series pass (includes admission to all three City Center Series 2019 events). Click blue buttons below to register.

All events take place at the Edith Kinney Gaylord Cornerstone Arts Center (825 N. Cascade Ave.). Doors at 5:30 p.m.; program start at 6 p.m.; free parking in college lots after 3:30 p.m.

January 23, 2019: Gabe Klein

Entrepreneurs put people first and move quickly from idea to execution. What if cities did the same? Gabe Klein is the former Commissioner of the Chicago and Washington, D.C.  Departments of Transportation. In this lively multimedia presentation, Klein expands on the themes of his book Start-Up City: a manifesto on how cities can get meaningful projects done quickly by bridging the public-private divide and bringing start-up energy to the public sector.

Register for Gabe Klein

February 13, 2019: Local Great Minds

Hosted by partner entrepreneurs Russ Ware and Yemi Mobolade (Wild Goose Meeting House, Good Neighbors Meeting House), this set of four lightning interviews zeroes in on the people, companies and attributes that have won Colorado Springs growing national acclaim. Featured speakers include:

Register for Local Great Minds

February 27, 2019: Urbanism Goes to the Movies


An evening of film exploring how people and places around the world are building more resilient communities through innovation, placemaking and design. Following the film, local changemakers will respond with short commentaries about their own projects that resonate with the themes presented on-screen.

Register for Urbanism Goes to the Movies

Thanks to the sponsors of the City Center Series:

  • Presenting sponsor, Colorado College
  • Media sponsor, Colorado Springs Business Journal
  • Additional in-kind support from the Mining Exchange, a Wyndham Grand Hotel


A program of Downtown Colorado Springs; sponsored by Colorado College.