IDA College Town Summit

Join Downtown Tempe Authority and IDA in downtown Tempe, Arizona, March 28-30, 2017 as we host the IDA College Town Summit to share strategies, build partnerships, and find inspiration.

This inaugural summit will focus solely on the unique downtowns that host colleges and universities as the backdrop to their urban spaces. IDA professionals working in these exceptional places know that the balance of utilizing university assets is often tipped by the challenges of engaging university partners. The quantity of students also greatly impacts the surrounding community and the economic and business developments that are cultivated. The summit will explore topics such as university partnerships, events and marketing, parking, public safety and the demands of students. Get social: What questions will you come ready to ask? Share them on Twitter using #CollegeTowns17. See you in Tempe!

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Attend the Event

The College Town Summit will take place at the Courtyard Tempe Downtown, 601 South Ash Avenue, Tempe, AZ 85281.

Registration is $200. For further information or assistance, please email the IDA registration team at registration@downtown.org.

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Book Your Hotel: Deadline Extended

A room block has been secured for the IDA College Town Summit for the nights of March 28-30, 2017 at a rate of $249/night for a standard room. Please call Marriott Reservations at 1-800-321-2211 or 480-966-2800 before Wednesday, March 8, 2017 to secure group rates. Identify yourself as part of the Downtown Tempe Authority Room Block group staying at the Courtyard Tempe Downtown, 601 South Ash Avenue, Tempe, AZ 85281.


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Sponsor the Event

Sponsorship of the IDA College Town Summit allows you access to an audience of urban leaders from around the country who want to learn how your product or service can work for them. Your company will be highlighted in a variety of ways and be recognized for supporting the growth and development of cities. Click here for more information.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations received or postmarked by March 23, 2017 will receive a refund less a $100 processing fee. Refunds will be processed approximately 30 days after the event. Cancellations received after March 23 will not be refunded.


Interested in hosting a 2018 or 2019 event? Contact the IDA registration team at registration@downtown.org or 202-393-6801.