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Walnut Creek Downtown Business Association, California Downtown Association and IDA are excited to announce the 2018 West Coast Urban District Forum March 13-15, 2018. With a rich cultural history and thriving downtown, Walnut Creek, known as the jewel of the East Bay, is the perfect location to draw industry experts from around the region. Click here for program content, hotel information and registration deadlines.

IDA Webinars

Many cities wonder what they can do to help combat the opioid and addiction epidemic affecting their communities. This free webinar, presented by Futures of Palm Beach, will provide statistics on what's working and what is not. It will open your mind to cutting-edge solutions and treatment resources, and empower IDA members with new tools, knowledge, and verbiage surrounding heroin use, addiction and addiction treatment. Click here for more information on "The Opioid Epidemic: Is There a Solution For Your City?" and to register for this free webinar taking place on February 28.


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.


A strong downtown is critical for a successful city and region. Downtowns and center cities are where people, capital, and ideas coalesce due to size, proximity and density. This groundbreaking study articulates the inherent value a downtown provides to the greater city, highlighting a downtown’s unique and impactful contributions while accounting for 100+ key data points based on economy, inclusion, vibrancy, identity, and resilience. Click here for more information and to download this free report.


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.