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What is downtown management?

Shaping cities around the world.

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Downtown of the Month

Downtown Edinburgh

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Data to inform and build the industry

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Professional Development Around the Globe

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Latest News


IDA On the Move

Greetings, IDA members! The IDA office in Washington, D.C., is moving this week, which means servers and email could be down for brief periods of time. Thanks for your patience over the next few days.


Edinburgh is May's Downtown of the Month

Visit Edinburgh for the World Towns Leadership Summit

Edinburgh is renowned for its World Heritage site status and stunning mix of architecture. Edinburgh is the capital of Scotland, and also enjoys a reputation as the Festival Capital of the world. Edinburgh will host the World Towns Leadership Summit this June 14-16, in partnership with IDA.

Learn more about the city and the upcoming event.


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 CouncilS 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.