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.

IDA's mission is to connect diverse practitioners who transform cities into healthy and vibrant urban places. In supporting that mission, IDA maintains a wide array of resources on best practices, trends, and research to ensure our members are always at the forefront of the industry. In this section, members can access new cutting-edge industry research; presentations of best practices and examples to learn from other member organizations and build relationships between members; and publications such as the Top Issues Councils reports, which cover issues relevant to the industry.

Build Your Network on IDEA Connection

We've made it easier to find what you're looking for on IDEA Connection. Click the button below to login and find what you need through an easier to browse index and enhanced search capability. You can quickly ask and respond to questions, browse and contribute to a vast resource library, and connect with peers by searching member profiles.


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IDA maintains a wide array of resources on best practices, trends, and research to ensure our members are always at the forefront of the place management industry, transforming cities into healthy and thriving places.

Top Issues Councils

These Councils bring together industry leaders to produce research briefs on the top urban issues identified by IDA members in the areas of economy, experience and partnership.

The Value of U.S. Downtowns and Center Cities

This groundbreaking study articulates the inherent value a downtown provides to the greater city, highlighting a downtown’s unique and impactful contributions.

Inspired by IDA Newsletter

Inspired by IDA is a weekly e-newsletter that aggregates news from IDA members, the association, and articles relevant to this dynamic and growing industry.


Find information on IDA publications, including Top Issues Councils, CEO reports, staffing & salary surveys, toolkits, U.S. BID Census reports and other guides.

IDA's Urban Place Management Narrative Toolkit

Our Urban Place Management Narrative Toolkit provides a framework for communicating IDA member’s commitment to shaping dynamic city centers all around the world. Download the free toolkit today.

Advisory Panels

IDA member thought leaders help you solve your toughest issues. 

Successful Strategies

Members share their experiences to create a database of best practices and samples.

Conference Presentations

Members can access past regional event and conference presentations in the IDEA Connection library.

What We're Reading

Stay current on the latest books and articles related to downtown management. IDA thought leaders and Research Committee members select the industry's best reads and have prepared reviews.

I've followed the International Downtown Association's research and publications, with the aspirations of one day joining the network of city-building experts. I was fortunate to continue my involvement with the downtown management industry through college, and the opportunity to shadow different BIDs in New York City after graduation. It is because of this established trust, we are able to share resources and best practices with our colleagues. We are fortunate to keep our finger on the pulse of industry-wide trends, and equipped to address quality-of-life issues with the support from both the IDA network and professional staff.
-Gabriel Yeager
Downtown Environment Specialist
Milwaukee Downtown, BID #21