Why IDA?

You’re in a tough, demanding profession. Expectations of downtown professionals have never been higher. Business, government, and civic leaders look to the city’s core for economic growth, cultural opportunities, and entertainment for millennials to families. Downtown is, indeed, everyone’s neighborhood. Your job is to lead and manage. So where do you turn for answers to your toughest questions? The International Downtown Association is the primary resource for information regarding current issues affecting downtowns across the country and the world. With well over 1,500 practitioners in the IDA network, you will always know where to turn for information and inspiration.

Membership Highlights

Access to Ideas & Experts

IDA members receive instant access to more than 2,100 online resources including presentations, example documents, reports, and more. If you can’t find the answer you’re looking for, connect with a peer expert who can provide opinions and responses to your specific question. Plus, stay on top of the latest downtown management trends with a weekly briefing of must-read articles on topics relevant to the industry, with Inspired by IDA.

Build your Network

Find, and connect with, over 2,000 individuals, all of whom can be found in the members-only directory. Register for a webinar, bring the whole staff, and instantly share best practices and ideas with members around the world. IDA provides unmatched opportunities to meet and stay connected with urban place management professionals.

Attend World-Class Events

IDA members receive steep discounts to attend world-class events in some of the most exciting downtowns. Where else can you attend back-to-back sessions covering topics as diverse as using art to enhance sense of place to effective strategies for retail recruitment? IDA events are designed to meet the unique needs of all of our members from CEOs to marketing assistants.

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How to Join

  • Complete and submit your application (PDF).
  • Want to make the most of your IDA membership? This free 30-minute webinar clearly explains member benefits, answers your questions, and provides a user-friendly tour of IDA’s exclusive online community, IDEA Connection. Great for new members, new staff and those who need a refresh. Please contact Rebecca Bishophall for more details.

What Members are Saying

IDA provides tremendous value to its members, in part due to its perfect size. The organization and conferences are big enough to provide real depth in resources, content knowledge, and best practices, yet small enough to get to know a lot of people and develop strong relationships quickly. From the beginning, you don't feel 'lost in the crowd' but instead feel like part of a great professional community."

Chris Beynon, AICP, Principal, MIG Inc.