Kris Michell Michell: “The biggest awakening is that the innovation economy space will have a ready workforce Downtown.”

SAN DIEGO—Millennials and Gen-Xers are among Downtown San Diego’s largest, best-educated and most-affluent demographic groups—and they’re leaving the submarket to go to work, Downtown San Diego Partnership’s CEO Kris Michell tells The firm recently revealed the results of its demographic study, with UCSD Extension program, of the Downtown market. The study found, among other things, that young professionals want to both live and work in Downtown, but they are forced to commute out of the city for work because that’s not where the jobs they seek are located. We spoke exclusively with Michell about the study findings and how the commercial real estate community can capture this growing Downtown demographic group. What were the big takeaways from your recent demographic study with UCSD?

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Carrie Rossenfeld

Carrie Rossenfeld is a reporter for the San Diego and Orange County markets on and a contributor to Real Estate Forum. She was a trade-magazine and newsletter editor in New York City before moving to Southern California to become a freelance writer and editor for magazines, books and websites. Rossenfeld has written extensively on topics including commercial real estate, running a medical practice, intellectual-property licensing and giftware. She has edited books about profiting from real estate and has ghostwritten a book about starting a home-based business.

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