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Applications are now being accepted for IDA’s signature Emerging Leader Fellowship Program. Take a deep-dive into this exciting industry, and don't miss this week-long experiential program created specifically for urban place management professionals.

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The Emerging Leader Fellowship brings together a cohort of IDA professionals from within the urban district management industry. The fellows learn essential leadership and place management skills, and gain practical tools in the areas of place-based economic development, the live-work-play experience, and public-private partnerships.

About the Program

As the name suggests, this program is aimed at those who have chosen urban district management as a career path. If you are currently a CEO or executive director of a small to mid-sized organization looking to advance your skills, or a senior staff member in a large organization with aspirations to lead your own organization one day, this is an opportunity you won't want to miss. The popular 2016 program accepted 26 professionals, hailing from three countries and 18 provinces or states.

The program takes places June 11-16 in New York City, New York, and includes instruction from partners at the Baruch College, City University of New York, the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), the Coro New York Leadership Center. IDA professionals at several business improvement districts throughout the city will provide technical in-the-field training.

Where: ICSC Leadership Center in New York City
When: June 11-16, 2017
Cost: $2,750 includes program materials, breakfast, lunch and dinner
Applications: Applications are due to IDA by Tuesday, January 31, 2017 at midnight ET. Applicants must complete several brief essay questions and submit the following: two references who provide letters of support, an updated resume, and a recent headshot.
Details: Space is limited to 26 professionals. Attendees must be IDA members. Hotel accommodations and travel are at the expense of the attendee. Attendees will be required to arrive on the afternoon of Sunday, June 11 and depart on the afternoon of Friday, June 16, 2017.
Questions? Please contact Carolyn Dellutri, IDA Director of Professional Development, at

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Congratulations to last year's cohort!


The 2017 program will be announced soon. For a taste of the in-depth education presented, click here to view the 2016 program. 

About IDA

The International Downtown Association (IDA) is the premier organization for urban place professionals who are shaping dynamic city center districts. Our members are downtown champions who bring urban centers to life. We represent a growing industry of more than 2,500 organizations employing 100,000 people throughout North America alone. IDA enables networking with fellow professionals, and is a resource center for ideas and innovative best practices in urban place management. Our adaptive members bridge the gap between public and private sectors, convening critical partnerships to transform cities, neighborhoods and towns. Join IDA.