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Shaping cities around the world.

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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.

Announcing the IDA Emerging Leader Fellowship

As IDA looks to build the future of our industry, this year we are launching the Emerging Leader Fellowship in New York City June 19-24. Submit your application by February 29! As the name suggests, this program is aimed at those who have chosen urban district management as a career path. If you are currently a CEO or executive director of a small to mid-sized organization looking to advance your skills, or a senior staff member in a large organization with aspirations to lead your own organization one day, this is an opportunity you won't want to miss.

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IDA Top Issues Council Develop Industry Research

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. 

The 2016 top issues are:

  • 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

Learn more about IDA research efforts.

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.