IDA 2017 Events

Save the date for IDA's 2017 events. IDA collaborates with regional and international partners to provide access to IDA experts and networking, all while exploring relevant industry topics. Click the images for more details, which will be updated as they are available.


The 63rd IDA Annual Conference & Tradeshow, aptly themed “AuthentiCITY,” will continue to advance inclusive city building discussions, and examine the role of professional place management in shaping prosperous districts that remain true to the essence of each place. The 2017 conference and tradeshow will be the place for practitioners to study best practices, explore new ideas, network, and share solutions in an updated conference design while gaining the tactics and knowledge necessary to transform cities into healthy and vibrant urban places. Share Winnipeg’s dreams and challenges as they look towards the future. It’s a city of the unexpected on the path of revitalization, and an authentic destination full of life. Explore “AuthentiCITY” with IDA and leave inspired to truly make a difference in your city.

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Long Beach

IDA's West Coast regional took place March 14-16, 2017 in Long Beach, California, in partnership with the California Downtown Association.


The IDA College Town Summit was hosted in downtown Tempe to share strategies, build partnerships, and find inspiration. This inaugural summit focused solely on the unique downtowns that host colleges and universities as the backdrop to their urban spaces. Those of us working in these exceptional places know that the balance of utilizing university assets is often tipped by the challenges of engaging university partners. The quantity of students also greatly impacts the surrounding community and the economic and business developments that are cultivated. We explored topics such as university partnerships, events and marketing, parking, public safety and the demands of students.  This conference took place March 28-30, 2017.


IDA and the Business Improvement Association of British Columbia presented a Pacific Northwest regional conference in Nanaimo, B.C. in April 2017. "Sharing Solutions" explored partnerships around complex city-building issues, and included keynotes, walking tours and more. This conference took place April 24-26, 2017. Click here to visit the BIABC conference website.


International town and urban leaders came together last year in Scotland for the first World Towns Leadership Summit. In 2017, the event took place in Malmo, Sweden. City leaders worldwide will discuss the evolving nature of civic governance and the changing economic drivers for successful placemaking.Click here to learn more.


The Emerging Leader Fellowship is a week-long experiential program in June that brought together a cohort of IDA professionals from within the urban district management industry. Now in its second year, the fellowship has received significant interest and positive reviews from last year's 26 professionals. The fellows learned essential leadership and place management skills, and gain practical tools in the areas of place-based economic development, the live-work-play experience, and public-private partnerships.

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Questions? Interested in hosting a 2018 or 2019 event? Contact Carolyn Dellutri, Director of Professional Development at

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