All of us at IDA are excited to release the new IDA website and member database. Not only is the member experience greatly improved, but our new system will provide enhanced and direct access to member resources in the Knowledge Center, new illustrative organization profiles, and most importantly, begin to harness the power of data - making IDA the central hub of place management industry intelligence. Visit to get started today. Please note: the old website with domain will be accessible for a short time longer, but information will not be updated.

Why IDA?

You’re in a tough, demanding profession. Expectations of downtown professionals have never been higher. Business, government, and civic leaders look to the city’s core for economic growth, cultural opportunities, and entertainment for millennials and families. Downtown is, indeed, everyone’s neighborhood. Your job is to lead and manage. So where do you turn for answers to your toughest questions? The International Downtown Association is the primary resource for information regarding current issues affecting downtowns around the world. With well over 2,800 practitioners in the IDA network, you will always know where to turn for information and inspiration.

Membership Highlights

Access to Ideas & Experts

IDA members receive instant access to more than 2,100 online resources including presentations, example documents, reports, and more. If you can’t find the answer you’re looking for, connect with a peer expert who can provide opinions and responses to your specific question. Plus, stay on top of the latest downtown management trends with a weekly briefing of must-read articles on topics relevant to the industry, with Inspired by IDA.

Build your Network

Find, and connect with, over 2,800 individuals, all of whom can be found in the members-only directory. Register for a webinar, bring the whole staff, and instantly share best practices and ideas with members around the world. IDA provides unmatched opportunities to meet and stay connected with urban place management professionals.

Attend World-Class Events

IDA members receive steep discounts to attend world-class events in some of the most exciting downtowns. Where else can you attend back-to-back sessions covering topics as diverse as using art to enhance sense of place to effective strategies for retail recruitment? IDA events are designed to meet the unique needs of all of our members from CEOs to marketing assistants.

Corporate Membership

IDA membership offers corporate entities efficient ways to connect with city leaders. Directory access allows you to easily make connections and our member networking site is a great place for you to add to conversations and keep a pulse on what’s happening in the industry. Did we mention everyone on your team is eligible to receive a personal login to IDA? Start networking with this powerful group by becoming an IDA member today! Join those already reaping the rewards of being a corporate member and review the IDEA Connection tips.

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Recommend IDA Membership to Your Associates

IDA is excited to announce the launch of the 2019 Membership Referral Campaign. It’s easy to participate in the membership referral campaign, just recommend IDA membership to your associates through the online referral portal for your chance to win prizes. For more info visit the referral webpage.


How to Join

  • Complete and submit your application (PDF).
  • Want to make the most of your IDA membership? This free 30-minute webinar clearly explains member benefits, answers your questions, and provides a user-friendly tour of IDA’s exclusive online community, IDEA Connection. Great for new members, new staff and those who need a refresh. Please contact Rebecca Bishophall for more details.

What Members are Saying

“I have been consulting IDEA Connection three or four days a week. It’s the most valuable benefit to me, being so far away, and our BIDs being so far behind those in North America. If downtown management is the tree, IDA has been feeding and watering it every day for years.”

Steven Branca, AICP, Governance Advisor, Auckland Council


IDA Member Organizations

Where are IDA's North American members located?