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IDA Webinar

Are you maximizing the potential of your downtown’s town/gown relationship? Downtowns and higher education are forging partnerships by embedding classrooms and campuses in the downtown core. The result? An enhanced college experience for students and increased economic vitality for downtowns. What are the opportunities for your downtown? Join IDA for “The Economic and Cultural Impact of Downtown University and College Campuses” webinar on March 21. Click here for more information and to register today.

IDA College Town Summit

Register now for the 2018 IDA College Town Summit hosted in Boulder, CO to share strategies, build partnerships, and find inspiration. This summit, taking place May 2-3, 2018, will focus on the unique downtowns that host colleges and universities as the backdrop to their urban spaces. Click here for more information and registration details.

IDA Awards

The place management industry is growing as urban areas around the world are experiencing a remarkable renaissance. 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. Click here for more information and to submit your project today. The deadline to submit is Friday, March 30, 2018.


The Business Improvement Areas of British Columbia (BIABC), in partnership with IDA and Downtown Kelowna, present this year’s BIABC annual conference April 22-25, 2018. Innovate & Inspire will explore ideas around sustainability, placemaking, economic development and community engagement, including keynotes on space innovation and how autonomous vehicles will change our communities. Updated program, speaker bios and mobile tour information now available on the BIABC website.


IDA Canada

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


Strategic Partners

Learn more about our strategic partners, including ICSC, IKE Smart City, Springboard, and Stantec's Urban Places. 


2017 Top Issues Councils

Learn more about the 2017 IDA Top Issues Council research initiative and visit the IDA webstore to purchase reports.