IDA 2019 Events

IDA collaborates with regional and international partners to provide access to IDA experts and networking, all while exploring relevant industry topics. New in 2019, IDA is launching a series of topical summits based on the IDA framework of professional practice. These summits are a deep dive into areas of interest based on the work of the IDA Top Issues Councils. Mark your calendars to attend a summit or forum in 2019! Click the images for more details, which will be updated as they are available.

Interested in sponsoring an event? Click here to review the 2019 Marketing Opportunities. Email Tracie Clemmer, Director of Corporate Relations for more information.


The IDA Place Branding & Placemaking Summit takes place in Huntsville, Alabama May 15-17, 2019. Interactive sessions will allow attendees to engage in hands-on creative placemaking experiences as well as develop place branding campaigns in real time. Click here for more information on Master Talks, tours, full program details and onsite registration information.


The Emerging Leader Fellowship is a week-long experiential program in June that brings together a cohort of IDA professionals from within the urban district management industry. The fellows learned 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. The 2019 program will take place June 16-21, 2019 in New York City.


The International Downtown Association (IDA) and co-host, Downtown Partnership of Baltimore, proudly present the IDA 65th Annual Conference & Tradeshow, October 28-30, 2019 in Baltimore, Maryland. Registration information will be available in late May 2019. Interested in sponsoring? 


IDA's West Coast regional took place March 19-21, 2019 in Los Angeles, CA (LA Fashion District), in partnership with the California Downtown Association. Experts explored how downtowns serve as economic development resources beyond city boundaries and how social equity plays an important role in the work that we do. Registration is now closed. 


The IDA University & College Town Summit was hosted in Raleigh, NC to share strategies, build partnerships, and find inspiration. The summit took place on April 3-4, 2019. Registration is now closed.


The IDA Operations & Security Summit took place in Phoenix, Arizona, April 10-11, 2019. For more information regarding this inaugural event please click here. Please note, registration is now closed.


IDA and the Business Improvement Association of British Columbia (BIABC) presented a Pacific Northwest regional conference in Surrey, B.C., Canada, April 29-May 1, 2019. The conference took place in Surrey - one of the fastest growing municipalities in British Columbia - for the 30th anniversary of BIABC and this year's conference "Evolution of BIAs." The 2019 agenda was full of great sessions spanning many areas of focus from planning or marketing & special events to advocacy, public safety, economic development and more. Click here to visit the BIABC website for information. 


The IDA Economic Development Summit took place in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, May 1-2, 2019. Experts shared best practices on enhancing downtowns' economic impacts on cities and states, retail and development strategies, and trends impacting downtown progress.  Registration is now closed.


International town and urban leaders came together last year in Berlin for the third World Towns Leadership Summit. In 2019, the event takes places in Tokyo, Japan, May 13-16, 2019. Registration is now closed. Click here to view the program and excursion information. 


Registration information is now available for the 2019 Downtowns Atlantic Canada Conference in Fredericton, New Brunswick co-hosted by Downtown Fredericton and Business Fredericton North, May 14-16, 2019. Visit DAC's website for more info.


Questions? Interested in hosting a future event? Contact Carolyn Dellutri, Director of Professional Development at