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. 2011 U.S. BID Census Report (Non-member)
The study, conducted by the Institute of Business District Management, the Rutgers University’s School of Public Affairs and Administration and funded by several member organizations of the International Downtown Association, presents a snapshot of the characteristics of BIDs in 2010 and captures such information as: the geography of BIDs; revenue sources & budget size; governance & board composition; tools for measuring performance. Names and contact information for surveyed BIDs not included. 46 pgs
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. 2016 Quantifying the Value of Canadian Downtowns: A Research Toolkit (Nonmember)
The Quantifying the Value of Canadian Downtowns: A Research Toolkit is a groundbreaking effort intended to provide a downtown data standard – a common set of data and processes that will help Canadian downtown BIAs/BIDs establish and sustain downtown evaluation and compare progress in downtowns.
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. 2017 Staffing and Salary Survey Report (Nonmember)
The 2017 IDA Staffing & Salary Survey captures data from the U.S. and Canada on key positions and such information as average staff salary, organizational budget, and CEO salary and benefits. The survey covers nearly 50 questions and offers an extensive array of cross-tabulations showing how salaries, staffing and other topics vary by geographic region, type of organization, operating budget and more.
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. 2017 Top Issues Council Hard Copy Bundle (Nonmember)
The IDA Top Issues Councils is a research initiative that brings together industry leaders to produce research briefs on the top urban issues identified by IDA members in the areas of economy, experience and partnership. This year’s reports were written by over 50 industry experts on the topics of bicycle improvements, homelessness, diverse retail mix, alley activation, safety and security, and financing and maintaining great urban parks from the perspective of the place management industry. Get all 6 reports now!
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. A Creative Placemaking Guide for Business Districts to Work with Local Artists (Nonmember)
This creative placemaking toolkit was created specifically for business districts, offering guidance on engagement with local artists to best enhance the experience and vitality of a place. This guide showcases strategies to integrate the talents and ideas of multiple artists to best address the unique opportunities and challenges within business districts. Updated in November 2017 to include case studies of the six unique placemaking projects funded by IDA, Springboard for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.
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. PODCAST: 10-26-2016 A Creative Placemaking Webinar presented by Springboard (Nonmember)
The highly anticipated Guide for Business Districts to Work with Local Artists, a toolkit designed by IDA and Springboard for the Arts, specifically geared towards business districts is now available. Learn how your district can implement creative placemaking strategies based on nationally recognized approaches and projects from Springboard for the Arts. Based in St. Paul, MN, they have adapted their practical and successful methods of creative placemaking and partnered with IDA to create a toolkit specifically designed for business districts that can be scaled and customized to meet your community’s needs. Join this exciting webinar to learn more about the information within the toolkit (free for IDA members).
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. A Path Towards Better Bicycle Infrastructure: A Guidebook for Urban Place Management Organizations (Nonmember)
A 2017 Top Issues Council Report — Urban place management organizations, such as business improvement districts, can play an important and effective role in improving conditions for bicycling, thus improving conditions of safety and walkability. This report describes three general areas in which these organizations can make significant contributions to improving conditions for bicycling: informing and educating community stakeholders and local government officials; advocating for improvements and partnering with other organizations; and encouraging and incentivizing bicycling through the development of programs and collaboration with local government, businesses and community partners.
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. A Practical Guide to Great Urban Parks: How to Benefit from and Finance your Urban Park (Nonmember)
A 2017 Top Issues Council Report — This publication is a resource guide for both current and potential park stakeholders (government partners, public-sector partners, and private-sector partners) to advance collaboration and capacity building within the management of an urban park to maximize benefits, while equitably and intelligently sharing costs and responsibilities. The results: A dynamic, thriving space that is accessible to all. This report defines a great urban park, how it works, and how it is funded. The report is divided into four sections: Inputs, Activities, Outputs and Impacts, and Case Studies.
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. IDA 03 - ABCs for Creating BIDs
This report is designed to help downtown organizations, property and business owners, local government officals and downtown advocates explore the formation of a BID by examining how a BID works and outlining a five-step process for creating a BID. Case studies, source documents and links to resources are provided. By M. Bradley Segal, September 2002. 33 pages.
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. Achieving and Maintaining a Diverse Retail Mix (Nonmember)
A 2017 Top Issues Council Report — This report will help urban district managers understand where and how revitalization is happening and how to encourage retail diversity. Urban place management organizations are uniquely suited to champion the diversity of their district’s retail offerings, while both affirming the authenticity of the place and focusing the market demand. True diversity means crossover appeal, that a “diverse” retail mix is not just one that contains businesses specifically (and exclusively) catering to the individual subcultures within the catchment, but also, feature concepts that can draw from the full range of them and, in so doing, reflect the larger role of the urban place as a “crossroads” for its community.
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. All 2016 Top Issues Councils Reports (PDF Bundle) Nonmember
The IDA Top Issues Councils is a research initiative that brings together industry leaders to produce research briefs on the top urban issues identified by IDA members in the areas of economy, experience and partnership. Each report explores the issues of public-private partnerships, the pedestrian experience, authenticity, downtown residential, commercial development, and activating public space from the perspective of the place management industry. Get all 6 reports now!
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. Downtown Districts at the Table: Planning for Safety and Security (Nonmember)
A 2017 Top Issues Council Report — This guide was developed as a tool for strategic safety planning for urban place management organizations. The council studied the latest crime trends districts face, examined how a district management organization’s role in emergency response and crime prevention has grown, and explored how technology is revolutionizing communication between law enforcement agencies and the business community. Several case studies and best practices are shared throughout this publication, with the intent that districts can learn from one another and replicate programs that are a fit for the local place management organization.
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. Downtown Rebirth Report
Downtowns, once shunned as empty, unsafe places at night, are now being redeveloped at higher density and are thriving after dark. Patrons of downtown regional destinations mingle with office workers and resident young professionals, emptynesters, and, in many cities, an expanding number of families with children. The trends of diversification, densification, and adjacent residential revival are also occurring on and around urban colleges, universities, medical centers, and research parks as well as around other major employment nodes outside the traditional downtown. Purchase this free report to learn more!
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. Webinar Recording-8.16.17 Faking it or Making it: How Communities Reflect Authenticity (Nonmember)
Is “creating authenticity” an oxymoron? Are we “faking places” or making them? Last year, one of IDA’s Top Issues Councils studied “Maintaining the Authenticity of Place,” defining the various elements that contribute to authenticity. The resulting ten point check list provides a roadmap for place managers to evaluate and improve upon authenticity in their community. This webinar will apply that checklist to this year’s conference location: Winnipeg. With the theme of AuthentiCITY, this seems like the perfect opportunity to put this tool to practical use. Join IDA’s expert panel as they evaluate the authenticity of downtown Winnipeg.
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. From Dumpsters to Biergartens: Case Studies in Alley Activations (Nonmember)
A 2017 Top Issues Council Report — This council decided to address a problem that urban place management organizations can creatively and efficiently address – the activation of alleyways and so-called micro-spaces. The spaces under observation in this report are existing alleys and micro-spaces in the central urban core or downtown districts. This report examines seven infrastructure projects spearheaded by urban place management organizations in North America and Australia. Alleys and other “in-between” infrastructure have long been overlooked but when activated, can change the way we engage with our city.
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. Webinar Recording - 7.26.17 Giving Pedestrians a Way to Connect (Nonmember)
Urban place management organizations are responsible for laying the foundations for improving the pedestrian environment in downtowns; they are able to attract more visitors through pedestrian improvements, focus investments to improve connectivity and walkability, advocate for pedestrian improvements through benchmarking and data, and forge partnerships with other downtown organizations focused on fostering a pedestrian friendly environment. The Chicago Riverwalk, an initiative to reclaim the river for benefit of the city, has allowed locals and visitors to access the river, and the streets above, in a continuous journey. The Loop at Pine + Ocean is a bold, effervescent, community engaging, open space which was once a vacant and decaying lot. Join our expert panel as we discuss these two Downtown Achievement award-winning projects and the 2016 Top Issues Council report.
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. Webinar Recording-2.22.17 Got Residents? How to Keep Your New Neighbors Happy (Nonmember)
It’s what every city wants and needs – people to love the downtown experience. Join our expert panel as we discuss how to attract residents, adjust your BID's operations, and create appropriate public space. Presenters include a 2016 Downtown Achievement Pinnacle Award winner and a 2016 Top Issues Council – Residential chair.
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. Webinar Recording - 11.15.17 Here’s the Math: BID/BIA Impact on Property Values (Nonmember)
The impact of BID/BIA assessments on property values is real and potentially dramatic. Downtown practitioners must be armed with the fundamentals of real estate finance to combat negative preconceptions about the cost of BIDs/BIAs. This webinar provides a crash course in the fundamentals of finance and dives into the world of pro formas, NOI and NPV to arm practitioners with the knowledge they need. We will explore the impact BIDs/BIAs have on market value. Property owners see BIDs/BIAs as an operating expense – how do we demonstrate the value of services provided by downtown organizations in a language they understand…dollars?
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. High-Performing Urban District CEOs
This report explores the leadership skills required to run a dynamic, successful place management organization.
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. Homelessness in Urban Districts: Principles & Implications for Place Managers (Nonmember)
A 2017 Top Issues Council Report — This publication reflects the experiences and analysis of many urban centers throughout North America and is compiled by a council of urban place management practitioners. The need for new, comprehensive approaches in addressing the issue of homelessness has risen to the forefront of conversations in urban centers across the world. While the policy approaches are not simple, the Council advocates for a declaration of four principles for urban place management organizations to use, which inspire engaged and active urban centers: Housing First, Partnerships, Stakeholder Balance, and Data, Programs and Policies.
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. Webinar Recording-6.21.17 Leading the Process: Developing Public/Private Partnerships and Building your Community
What role does your district play when planning for your community? How can your businesses and property owners play a key role in improving and transforming your downtown? Find out the answers to these questions by listening to our webinar featuring Downtown Achievement Award winners and Top Issues Council members.
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. Webinar Recording - 4.26.17 Rebranding Pitfalls (Nonmember)
Are you considering rebranding your organization? Trying to create a brand identity for your downtown? Looking to make your image and identity match with your message and goals? Discover some of our rebranding triumphs as well some as some of our mishaps. This experienced panel will cover topics such as addressing challenges from diverse stakeholders, managing multiple agencies vying for the contract, and handling budget constraints. Learn to overcome and prevent these common pitfalls.
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. Webinar Recording - 10.4.17 Shop Small: Supporting Independent Businesses In Your Community (Nonmember)
Supporting local, small businesses is important to the regional economy. In this webinar, you’ll hear from three communities who utilized Small Business Saturday, an annual U.S. small business holiday shopping tradition created by American Express in 2010, to help initiate year-round Shop Small movements in their districts. Learn how to find local partners, leverage social media and activate your downtown to make a big impact on your small business community. Join Cherry Creek North BID, Downtown Missoula Partnership, Georgetown BID, and American Express.
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. Webinar Recording - 10.25.17 The Power of Data (Nonmember)
Learn how to demonstrate value to your stakeholders by understanding the types of data you need to evaluate district performance, understand localized trends, and interpret the findings in an impactful way during this webinar with speakers, Gemma Noble, Diane Wehrle, and Tiffany Bromfield from Springboard Inc.
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. Top Issues Council Report: Activating Public Spaces: A Guidebook for Urban Districts (Nonmember)
This is an in-depth guidebook for urban place managers who are programming public spaces, transforming them into an activated amenity for the community. The guidebook dives into the various regulatory, design, funding, and maintenance issues for both temporary and permanent placemaking initiatives.
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. Top Issues Council Report: Attracting Commercial Development: Tools and Case Studies (Nonmember)
Attracting commercial development to an urban core relies on a multitude of factors to be successful. This report includes examples from across the globe to show the diversity of economic development tools and successful attraction of commercial development.
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. Top Issues Council Report: Living Downtown: The New Residential Paradigm (Nonmember)
This report explores the importance of downtown residential activity, reviews efforts to attract housing development into downtowns and discusses many of the elements of accommodating downtown residents once they are there.
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. Top Issues Council Report: Maintaining Authenticity of Place (Nonmember)
This report defines the various elements that contribute to the authenticity of a place to benefit the daily work of city builders, planners, place managers and community leaders. The authors highlight a ten-point authenticity checklist to be a roadmap for place managers who seek to increase their community’s authenticity, with the acknowledgement that each community’s path may be different and that there is no one cookie cutter method for authenticity.
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. Top Issues Council Report: Partnerships for Urban Place Management (Nonmember)
This report explores how place management organizations use public-private partnerships (P3) to play a vital role in the transformation of their communities and serves as a guide for these place management organizations to strategically and pragmatically shape such partnerships for the benefit of their downtowns and neighborhoods.
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. Top Issues Council Report: Prioritizing Pedestrian Improvements (Nonmember)
This report analyzes the results of an IDA member survey that touched on four key areas as they relate to pedestrian experience: education; engineering and planning; enforcement; and technology, and addresses the important role that urban place management organizations play when it comes to increasing walkability and enhancing the pedestrian experience.
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. Webinar Recording-5.17.17 Activating Public Space (Nonmember)
You know your urban place is amazing; now, you want others to experience the magic. With so many options from retail and restaurants to art installations and parklets, how do you get those that aren’t staying after hours to stick around and convince others to drop by on the weekend? IDA’s Activating Public Space Top Issues Council and a 2016 Pinnacle-award winning downtown can help. Join IDA and our expert panel as we discuss the how and why of activating your public space and highlight examples from around the world for inspiration.
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. Webinar Recording-1.18.17 Attracting Businesses and Creating a Shared Identity (Nonmember)
Downtowns thrive with diversity — of people, businesses, and retail. Retail helps bring visitors to the area, but its other purpose is to serve the community. Using the South Park BID in Los Angeles, CA as an example, we explore how attraction and forming an identity are not mutually exclusive to the urban landscape.
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