Strategic Partnerships



Preferred Providers

HRS, Inc. is an executive search firm which focuses on Economic Development. David Smith and his colleagues have provided quality talent solutions to IDA member organizations for over 13 years. David formerly served as Partner & Economic Development Practice Leader of the global firm, DHR International, and then founded HRS, Inc.

Contact: David Smith, President,, (412) 498-3703 mobile


Member365 gets downtowns! Your role is to promote your downtown as the preferred place to play, shop, work, live and learn - that’s a big list! Member365 is made specifically for you and we would like to take some things off your plate. Imagine a modern cloud based solution, connected with your website, to streamline administrative tasks, improve communication and strengthen engagement with members and your community. This new partnership will offer the downtown management industry smarter, more efficient membership-focused software. Contact Member365 now to find out more. Read the 2017 Partnership Press Release.

Contact: Stephen Foley, CEO,, 888-588-4283 x 3450  


Urban Champions

Block By Block is a one-stop solution for safety, cleaning, hospitality, landscaping and social service outreach programs for improvement districts. Through our passion for downtowns and urban areas we harness our creativity and draw upon best practices to create highly effective programs. We’ve built a mindset and a culture designed to continually enhance our customers programs.

Contact: Jeff Heinrich, Vice President of Business Development,, (612) 998-0575


CityPost's award-winning Smart City engagement platform broadcasts multilingual content in real-time via interactive kiosks, digital banners, and a mobile app to let people better discover and experience your BID. Requiring no capital investment while generating revenue, CityPost promotes economic growth, creates WiFi hotspots, enhances public safety, and provides multimodal wayfinding to connect people to place and businesses to customers. Contact us to learn more.

Contact: Scott Pomeroy, Director of IoT and Sustainability,, (202) 577-6786


The International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) provides opportunities to network with important contacts, market your community and create retail success. Representing the retail real estate profession, its more than 70,000 members in over 100 countries include shopping center owners, developers, managers, marketing specialists, investors, retailers and brokers, as well as academics and public officials.  IDA members benefit from ICSC’s generous contribution as a pinnacle partner as well as tailored retail education to meet your needs for a thriving downtown community.

Contact: Cynthia Stewart, Vice President,, (703) 627-5168


IKE Smart City is a leader in the development and operation of Smart City interactive digital kiosks. IKE, a proven proprietary system that connects BIDs with citizens, provides multimodal wayfinding, local business and event listings, free Wi-Fi, increased cellular connectivity and valuable data and analytics. Through sponsorships managed by the IKE team, BIDs receive a recurring revenue stream with no capital or operational investment. Give residents and visitors the dynamic new tools they need to discover your City. Make an appointment to experience IKE and learn more.

Contact: Liz Arthofer, VP, Marketing,, (614) 294-4898


Springboard is the leading provider of performance monitoring for retail locations. Using the key metrics of pedestrian counting and sales analysis and other data sets, we offer unrivalled intelligence into the performance and vitality of BIDs and retail property throughout North America and Europe working closely with the IDA.

Contact: Gemma Noble, Global VP Sales & Marketing,, (646) 453-7675


Stantec’s Urban Places is an interdisciplinary hub bringing together leaders in planning and urban design, transportation including smart and urban mobility, resilience, development, mixed-use architecture, smart cities, and brownfield redevelopment. We work in downtowns across North America—in cities and suburbs alike—to unlock the extraordinary urban promise of enhanced livability, equity, and resilience. Read the 2017 Partnership Press Release.

Contact: David Dixon, Planning and Urban Design Leader,, (617) 654-6069


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Sky Connect Networks (SCN) provides the experience and expertise needed for successful Muni, BID and Public Space Smart City, IoT and large-scale public Wi-Fi deployments. SCN offers a complete suite of services that will help you design, maintain and finance your Smart City network.

Contact: Steve Amarante, Business Development,, (917) 376-9291

District Advocates

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BDS Planning GraySt Partners   Hixon   Ice Rink Events   Larisa Ortiz  Live XYZ
MJB Consulting  Parking Today   Pearl  Saltwater Victor Stanley  Zachry Hospitality


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