Our offices are located just a stone’s throw from the convention center here in Denver (not that we’ll be throwing any stones due to security), and as such, we were right in the middle of it all. So we thought we would share our own [fun] observations. (We’ll leave the political commentary for everyone else.)
- The city has definitely seemed prepared and at least from our vantage point, everything seemed to go as smooth as could be expected with such an event.
- Denverites really seemed to take it in. We were essentially tourists in our own city checking out the police in their body armor like a tourist would check out the guards outside of Buckingham Palace in London. Or crowding around protests like street performers on Pier 39 in San Francisco. Nothing attracts a crowd like a crowd.
- People were also chipping in to help. Giving directions, recommendations and tips seemed standard. Our own analyst, Geoff, had already assisted several delegates and news reporters with directions by only 8am on the first day of the convention. We didn’t even need an ad campaign to make us do it.
- Just like any area with crowds, there were street vendors. Buttons by the thousands, t-shirts, bobble-head dolls.
- In addition to the spectacle on the street, there was also great art to be seen.
- The crowds were so big along the 16th Street Mall that the buses could hardly get by. It was probably quicker to walk, but with such great weather, who would mind?
- With all the celebrities, it felt like we were on the west coast.
- But it felt decidedly dressier too; don’t they know Denver has a casual dress policy?
- And our local shoe shine guy, Claude, outside our office kept everyone looking good – he even brought out the big shoe shine chair.
And of course the security. Wow. You knew it would be high, but who knew there were even this many law enforcement officials in the area?
- Wondering what hotels the “important” people were staying at? Just look for the uniformed officers on the corners surrounding it, or the police vehicles lined up for a quick evac. Of course, some people missed this.
- Don’t leave your backpack laying around for even a second.
- Even the horses had riot gear.
- The police were filming the protestors, the protestors were filming the police, and the tourists (or just locals) were filming both.
Our CEO, Kevin Raines has been chosen to present on the topic of Do It Yourself Survey Results for the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce and the Denver Metro Small Business Development Center at the Business Excellence Forum. His presentation will explore:
- The advantages and disadvantages of survey research;
- The pros and cons of different types of surveys;
- How to avoid the most common surveying mistakes; and
- Ten simple steps for conducting an effective survey.
From The Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce:
The Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce and the Denver Metro Small Business Development Center have assembled 12 of the state’s top business experts to help you meet today’s business challenges. This is a unique opportunity to gain a wide variety of expertise all in one day! Choose 4 of 12 powerful workshops, all designed to help your business grow during these turbulent times.
The forum will be held at Regis University on Wednesday, August 20 from 8 am to 5 pm.
The survey we recently completed for the Denver Office of Cultural Affairs has received two nice write ups in the local press after a great public presentation of the results by DOCA director Dr. Erin Trapp.
This extensive survey of Denver residents consisted of 814 interviews with residents, including 205 with self-identified African Americans and 204 with self-identified Latino Denverites. The final survey answers for the entire city were demographically weighted to ensure they are representative of the population of Denver.
The results show both positives and negatives for the performing arts in Denver. Primary among the positives is that 80 percent of residents are interested in live performing arts performances and a good number actually attend them, as within the past year 58 percent attended live theater, 41 percent went to a festival, 34 percent saw a live musical concert, and 11 percent attended a dance performance.
To read more about the results and their implications for performing arts in Denver click over to the Denver Post article* or to the article in the Rocky Mountain News. In addition, DOCA has released selected findings from the survey into a report available on the Denver City website.
*The Denver Post article begins “You can’t always trust surveys commissioned by people with a vested interest in the results.” We completely agree! When consuming data and survey results, you always need to be aware of who commissioned the research, who completed the research, and how they carried it out. And when you conduct research, this is why it is important to have someone (like us!) who is aggressively neutral, ethically unimpeachable, and methodologically sound.