Innovate DTLA

Building the Next Great Innovation District in
Downtown Los Angeles

Downtown Los Angeles is rapidly becoming a hub of creativity and innovation across its diverse industry sectors and vibrant population of residents and workers. To better understand and support this dynamic evolution, the Downtown Center Business Improvement District, along with key public and private sector partners, collaborated with the Brookings Institution and Project for Public Spaces on the Innovate DTLA project: a series of workshops and research culminating in a report on Downtown’s future as an “Innovation District”, released in October of 2016 during LA Innovation Week.

Innovate DTLA Goals:

  • Promote DTLA as a place of innovation and creativity
  • Support DTLA’s existing and emerging innovation ecosystem
  • Attract new innovative organizations and individuals to DTLA


Innovate DTLA Workshop & Panel Discussion: Policies and Programs to Support Innovation

October 7, 2016

In celebration of the DTLA 2040 Open Studio and Innovate LA, panelists discussed steps city agencies are taking to propel our Innovation District and participants shared their ideas for the future.

Policies and Programs panelists included:

  • Amanda Daflos, Director, Innovation Team, Office of the Mayor
  • Lisa Salazar, Director of Economic and Workforce Development, Office of the Mayor
  • Ashley Jacobs, Director, Brand LA, Mayor's Fund for Los Angeles
  • Valerie Watson, Transportation Planning Associate II, LADOT
  • Bryan Eck, City Planner and DTLA 2040 Project Manager, City of Los Angeles
  • Nick Griffin, Director of Economic Development, Downtown Center BID

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This workshop was part of the DTLA 2040 Open Studio and Design Charrette, a lively week of design workshops, discussion groups, and panel discussions open to the public and intended to facilitate discussion surrounding the vision for the Downtown's updated community plans.

Innovate DTLA Leadership Symposium

June 22, 2016

The Downtown Center BID kicked off its Innovate DTLA initiative with an exclusive leadership symposium featuring The Brookings Institution and Project for Public Spaces. Read a summary of the event on our DTLA blog.

Click here to read Brookings' Report, "The Rise of Innovation Districts: A New Geography of Innovation in America."

Have a question or need more information? Contact Nick Griffin, Director of Economic Development at (213) 416-7522 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..