WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (August 17, 2020) – The West Palm Beach Downtown Development Authority (DDA) will host its annual Downtown Summit on a virtual platform this year to review the state of the downtown from all aspects. Held live on Zoom Thursday, August 20 at 5:30 p.m., it will also be recorded for those who want to watch on their own schedule and streamed on the DDA’s Facebook Page. The content will include a review of the DDA’s initiatives and discuss new projects and programs in the pipeline. The presentation will be followed by a question-and-answer session, facilitated by the DDA’s executive director, Raphael Clemente. Public questions will be accepted prior to event. Please email info@DowntownWPB.com by Wednesday, August 19 at 5 p.m.

Among the topics expected to generate the most interest include an in-depth look at how the DDA is supporting businesses and residents through the COVID-19 pandemic and economic downturn. These include increasing grant eligibility for downtown businesses, innovative marketing strategies and virtual programming, free cleaning protocols and legal assistance training, as well as adaptive support measures such as Dining on The Spot, a program that helped restaurants expand their dining rooms onto the street to follow recommended physical distancing guidelines. The DDA will also reveal some of its innovative plans to deal with these ongoing challenges for the coming year. 

The Downtown Summit will run until approximately 7 p.m. Free to attend and registration is required.  To register and for more information, visit DowntownWPB.com/DowntownSummit.

About the Downtown Development Authority
The West Palm Beach DDA is an independent taxing district created in 1967 by a special act of the Florida Legislature. Its mission is to promote and enhance a safe, vibrant Downtown for our residents, businesses and visitors through the strategic development of economic, social and cultural opportunities.

For more information about the DDA or Downtown West Palm Beach, please visit DowntownWPB.com or call the DDA at (561) 833-8873.