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Value of U.S. Downtowns

With two years of data, The Value of U.S. Downtowns and Center Cities Second Edition creates three downtown tiers: Emerging Downtowns, Growing Downtowns and Established Downtowns. The report demonstrates how downtowns big and small hold a city’s most valuable economic assets. To learn more, download the full report for free in the IDA webstore.

Awards Submissions

You are on the front lines of solving challenges related to placemaking, economic development, urban planning, and branding. Share your best practices with the world, and be recognized for your exceptional work by entering the IDA Downtown Achievement Awards. The application is open now through March 22, 2019. Click here to view the updated 2019 guidelines and to submit your project.


The 65th Annual Conference & Tradeshow in Baltimore, MD will bring together the brightest industry minds to discuss and challenge ourselves to define what it means to be Proudly Urban and how embracing this mindset can benefit districts of all sizes. We invite you to submit your best ideas for sessions. Find submission details and topic guidelines here. Don’t delay, as the deadline to submit proposals is March 7, 2019.


Join us for the 2019 West Coast Urban District Forum March 19-21, 2019 in
downtown Los Angeles. Sessions will explore how downtowns serve as economic
development resources beyond city boundaries, and how social equity plays an
important role in the work that we do. Master Talks will features speakers from
MJB Consulting, LADOT, MIG, UCLA and more. Click here for more information and to register.


Top Issues Councils

The 2018 Top Issues Council reports are now on sale. The reports explore key topics within the industry including economic development, inclusive places, nighttime economy and more.


Strategic Partners

Learn more about our strategic partners, including Block by Block, CityPost, ICSC, IKE Smart City, Sky Connect Networks, Springboard and Stantec's Urban Places. 


Join the Narrative

IDA's Urban Place Management Narrative Toolkit provides a framework for communicating our commitment to shaping dynamic city centers all around the world.