Retail Tales: Local governance and the changing face of retail

APA Colorado Chapter


Wednesday, November 28, 2018
10 a.m. - noon MST

DENVER, CO, United States

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The rapid expansion of online commerce has heralded doom-and-gloom predictions of a “retail apocalypse” for brick-and-mortar stores.  Recent headlines point to changes in how, where and why consumers spend their money, store closures and bankruptcies.  To planners, such trends could demonstrate a need to approach land use in novel ways, including retrofitting malls and industrial buildings, creating flexible spaces, and ensuring a population base to support existing businesses.  For economic development professionals, such trends might indicate a need to get creative with incentive strategies or tax levies.


1. Learn from economic development professionals and planners from around the Denver region about the state of retail

2. Learn about regional land use patterns and governance strategies that may accommodate a shifting retail landscape

3. Hear from professionals working in a variety of spatial and built environment contexts

4. Discuss best practices and share ideas across sectors 

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Cole Judge

Confirmed Speaker

As a senior associate with Progressive Urban Management Associates, Cole Judge provides market research, economic analysis, strategic planning and community engagement support for P.U.M.A.’s projects. She leads the firm’s original research in the areas of downtown and community development. Cole has ten years of experience ... Read More

Aaron DeJong

Confirmed Speaker

Aaron DeJong has served as the economic development director for the City of Louisville since 2012. He leads the city’s business retention and expansion program, manages retail redevelopment and recruitment activities. In addition, he serves as the lead staff person for the City’s Urban Renewal Authority. Aaron has ... Read More

Robert Zuccaro, AICP

Confirmed Speaker

Rob Zuccaro, AICP, is the City of Louisville Planning and Building Safety Director. Rob oversees the community planning and building safety functions of the City. Rob is a Colorado native and graduate of the University of Colorado-Boulder and University of Arizona where he received a M.S. in Community Planning ... Read More

Tim Gonerka

Confirmed Speaker

Tim Gonerka is responsible for all things retail in the City of Aurora, including leasing, management, strategic visioning, permitting, and business attraction and retention. Tim has more than 40 years of experience in the shopping center and retail business. He moved to Colorado to open The Shops at Tabor Center ... Read More

Kelly First, AICP

Confirmed Speaker

Kelly First is the Community Development Director for the City of Lone Tree, Colorado. She provides leadership and direction for the City’s planning, building and code enforcement divisions. Since beginning her work with Lone Tree as a planning consultant in 2000, the City has grown significantly to include the ... Read More

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