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Meet the New 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.


Top Issues Council Reports Now Available

The IDA Top Issues Councils feature industry leaders who produce research briefs on top urban issues identified by IDA members in the areas of economy, experience and partnership. These councils are led by industry experts who will publish best practices, insights and policy recommendations on our top issue areas. Six reports are being released in Atlanta, and will be available for purchase after the conference.

The 2016 councils published reports on:

  • Downtown Residential Issues and Housing Attainment
  • Ability to Attract Commercial Investment
  • Activating Public Space
  • Pedestrian Improvements
  • Maintaining Authentic Feel and Character
  • Implementing Public-Private Partnerships

Read more about the Councils and IDA research efforts.


Stay Connected to the Atlanta Conference & Tradeshow

The 62nd Annual Conference & Tradeshow is Sept. 7-9, in Atlanta, Georgia. Stay connected with industry leaders, colleagues and peers by watching the conversation online. Download IDA's free mobile app (Apple, Google Play or html) to view the full program and explore the tradeshow exhibitors. The app is sponsored by IKE Smart City. Follow the conversation on Twitter@IntlDwtnAssoc, and stay tuned here for videos of the 10 master talks within a few weeks after the conference.

Learn more about IDA’s signature event.

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.