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Winnipeg 2017: Call for Content!

Elevate your most creative projects and submit a proposal to present in Winnipeg for the 63rd Annual Conference & Tradeshow, Sept. 13-15, 2017. This year's conference theme, authentiCITY, will highlight Winnipeg's approach to embrace diversity, achieve impact, and solve problems to create an authentic place.

Deadline to submit proposals is Friday, February 17, 2017, 5 PM PST. Click here for submission details and topic guidelines.


Register Now for West Coast Urban District Forum & College Town Summit

Register now for IDA's largest regional event, the West Coast Urban District Forum in Long Beach, Calif., March 14-16, and the inaugural College Town Summit in Tempe, Ariz., March 28-30. Book your hotel now to secure group rates.

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Learn More About 2017 Events

Winnipeg, Sweden, New York City, Long Beach and Tempe: IDA is going around the world in 2017, for the second Emerging Leader Fellowship, the first-ever College Town Summit, and a slew of other inspiring events where you can connect with industry profesionals.

Learn more and mark your calendar today.

IDA is hiring!

IDA is seeking creative, hardworking, city-loving professionals for the Director of Membership and the Marketing & Communications Manager. Apply today!


Placemaking Toolkit Launched, New Projects Announced

IDA and Springboard for the Arts have launched the Guide for Business Districts to Work with Local Artists, work made possible through the support of the National Endowment for the Arts. Six unique placemaking efforts taking place in spring 2017 will be supported with $5,000 grants; the projects are in Chandler, AZ; Tempe, AZ; Santa Ana, CA; New Haven, CT; Oklahoma City OK; and Memphis, TN.

Click to download the free toolkit and learn more.


2017 Salary Survey Now Available

The 2017 Staffing & Salary Survey is now available for purchase, with updated data and a larger response rate than ever before.

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Watch a Video About IDA

For decades urban place management leaders and IDA members have been undertaking the hard work of city building: waking up each day, thinking about how to improve their piece of the city, activate a space, fill a vacancy, and make a neighborhood more livable.

It’s time for the wizard to come out from behind the curtain and show the world we are an industry that can solve 21st century challenges. City building is synonymous with professional urban space management.

We are now launching the next era of IDA: an organization built upon the diversity and strength of our members, and our passion for city building. Learn more about Inspired Leaders Shaping Cities, our new narrative and our brand new look.

Watch a video about the new brand.

IDA Headlines Association Industry Home Page

The American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) has selected the International Downtown Association (IDA) and its members to showcase the value of collaboration in improving urban centers. IDA members have been shaping vibrant cities for decades. Learn more about this inspiring industry and an IDA member in your city. Watch the video.

IDA Member Organizations

Where are IDA's North American members located?


Downtowns Canada

Learn about the work the Downtowns Canada, an IDA coalition, and read the Federal Agenda report.


Strategic Partners

Learn more about our strategic partners, including the International Council of Shopping Centers. 


Downtown Rebirth

An analysis of the live/work dynamic in America's 150 largest cities.