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DTLA: Make It Yours

12:00 pm - 12:15 pm

Nick Griffin
Executive Director at Downtown Center Business Improvement District

As the Downtown Center Business Improvement District’s (DCBID) Senior Vice President of Economic Development, Nick Griffin spearheads the organization’s efforts to attract new businesses, retailers, investors and residents to what has grown to become one of the nation’s most dynamic urban centers. Hailed the “next great American City,” by GQ Magazine, Downtown LA has experienced unprecedented growth over the past 16-years, in large part due to the efforts of the DCBID’s economic development team. Prior to the DCBID, Nick spent more than 25 years in business development in the real estate, media/entertainment and technology industries. For the previous 10 years, Nick was a leading commercial leasing and sales broker in New York City, where he was responsible for more than $100M in transactions. Nick is a graduate of UCLA and holds an MBA from The Ohio State University.

Course Description:

Downtown has long been home to traditional industries like real estate, finance and legal services. Now it’s attracting a new generation of companies in growth sectors such as technology, design, and media. From entrepreneurial start-ups to corporate headquarters, in a range of industries from fashion to food and marketing to design, DTLA is becoming a dynamic hub of creativity and fertile ground for launching new ventures and growing existing businesses. This energy, along with all the tangible benefits and competitive advantages Downtown offers, is driving DTLA’s evolution.

Attendees will leave this session with a better understanding of how to:


  • Be part of DTLA’s dynamic Innovation Ecosystem

  • Take advantage of the benefits of working in Downtown LA