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IDA ELF 2018

The International Downtown Association has selected 30 of the industry’s brightest professionals for the 2018 Emerging Leaders Fellowship Program. The fellows will learn essential leadership and place management skills and gain practical tools in the areas of place-based economic development, the live-work-play experience, and public-private partnerships. Congratulations to the 2018 cohort! Click here for more information on the program and this year's rising stars.

IDA College Town Summit

Register by April 26, 2018 for the 2018 IDA College Town Summit hosted in Boulder, CO to share strategies, build partnerships, and find inspiration. This summit 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.


Join Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership and IDA for the 2018 East Coast Urban District Forum May 9-10, 2018 in Downtown Pittsburgh, PA. Hear Master Talks from experts at the forefront of autonomous vehicle development, mobility advocacy, and public transit discuss the evolving role of technology and equity in the economic development of urban centers. Click here for more information on registration and programming.

IDA Berlin

 The 2018 World Towns Leadership Summit in Berlin, Germany will explore the future roles of urban place management organizations in the smart city movement. The Summit will identify the role of BIDs and other public-private partnership organizations as drivers of economic growth while also exploring finance options to support innovative city building. Click here for details on joining IDA in Berlin this June. 


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 Block by Block, 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.