Bob Farrington is an urban planner with a focus on community and economic development, particularly in downtown areas and neighborhood business districts. He was a founder of the Downtown Alliance in San Antonio, Texas where he helped plan and develop a major extension of the Riverwalk, as well as initiated an award winning revitalization plan that transformed transportation and streetscape improvements in the historic city core. He was the first executive director of the Downtown Alliance in Salt Lake City, and during his 15 year tenure there created many new community events like the Downtown Farmers Market, led efforts to support Trax development in downtown, and helped lead a major visioning plan called “Downtown Rising”. As Salt Lake City Economic Development Director he led the effort to create and support new Neighborhood Business Districts, began the planning for a new $110 million performing arts center, and recruited the largest office and industrial employers in the city’s history. A native of New Orleans, he draws inspiration from that city and makes a mean bowl of gumbo.