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Shaping cities around the world.

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Latest News

World Towns Leadership Summit in Scotland

Edinburgh, Scotland, June 14-16

The World Towns Leadership Summit (registration is open now) presents an exciting opportunity for IDA member professionals to establish a leadership position in the global place management industry. The Summit is a Davos-style event where audience participants will be actively engaged in the creation of the World Towns Agreement: A Public-Private-Social Vision for Urban Centres, a document that has been co-produced with the United Nations and the World Economic Forum.

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West Coast Urban District Forum is This Week!

Oakland, California, May 4-6

The International Downtown Association is partnering with the California Downtown Association and Downtown Oakland and Lake Merritt-Uptown District Associations on the 2016 West Coast Urban District Forum. Nearly two dozen sessions will dive deep into revenue, renewal, data and transit trends. View the full program here. Online registration is now closed, but you may register on-site this week.

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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.

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.