San Antonio

IDA 64th Annual Conference & Tradeshow

The International Downtown Association (IDA) and co-host, Centro San Antonio, proudly present the IDA 64th Annual Conference & Tradeshow, themed “Retropolitan: The New American City,” October 24-26, 2018 in San Antonio, Texas. Celebrating its 300th anniversary, San Antonio exemplifies the growing “retropolitan” movement nationwide – preserving a rich and diverse cultural history, while looking toward the future.

For decades, urban place management professionals have acted as leaders of their communities by undertaking the strategic and visionary work of city building. The 2018 conference will be organized around IDA’s seven official knowledge domains, recognizing the seven distinct areas of professional practice used to shape vibrant urban districts which anchor the well-being of towns, cities, and regions around the world.

Join over 800 inspired leaders shaping cities around the globe at this year’s conference showcasing the sustainability, creativity, preservation and heritage of San Antonio. Experience the moments that define “Retropolitan: The New American City” and join us in 2018 as San Antonio celebrates with grassroots initiatives, globally recognized cultural experiences, and transformative partnerships that will carry the city into the next 300 years.

Attend the Conference

Registration is now open. Information is available on our conference website. Stay up to date on the latest conference news by subscribing to our weekly e-newsletter, Inspired by IDA.

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Urban Champions

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District Advocates


CPSEnergy    Earthplanter-80    Eco-Counter     Geocentric    GYBO    
MIG    PapeDawson  PUMA_80   Weston Urban   

Awards Sponsor

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AREA Real Estate

BDS Planning & Urban Design
Ferguson Facilities Supply
Graystreet Partners 

Hixon Properties Incorporated

Ice Rink Events 

Larisa Ortiz Associates

Live XYZ

MJB Consulting

Parking Today


Saltwater Software

Victor Stanley

Zachry Hospitality  


Sponsorship Opportunities

Showcase your products and services alongside IDA at our premier annual event, attracting hundreds of urban leaders and placemaking professionals from around the globe. Click here for more information.


Exhibit at the Tradeshow

The 2018 tradeshow is currently sold out. Please email Tracie regarding the waitlist.