IDA 2018 Events

IDA collaborates with regional and international partners to provide access to IDA experts and networking, all while exploring relevant industry topics. Click the images for more details, which will be updated as they are available.

San Antonio

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 more information and to register, please click here.

West Pam Beach

The inaugural Southeast Urban District Forum was hosted by IDA and our local host partner West Palm Beach Downtown Development Authority on February 12-13, 2018 with a focus on innovative mobility options; economic development strategies; and creative placemaking. (This is a past 2018 event)

Walnut Creek

IDA's West Coast regional will take place March 13-15, 2018 in Walnut Creek, CA, in partnership with the California Downtown Association. Experts will share best practices on enhancing downtown quality of life and cultivating the next generation of leaders. Click here for more information. Registration is now closed for #WCUDF18. (This is a past 2018 event)


IDA and the Business Improvement Association of British Columbia presented a Pacific Northwest regional conference in Kelowna, B.C., Canada on April 22-25, 2018. Click here to visit the BIABC website for information. (This is a past 2018 event)

College Town Summit

The IDA College Town Summit was hosted in Boulder, CO to share strategies, build partnerships, and find inspiration. This summit took place on May 2-3, 2018 and focused on the unique downtowns that host colleges and universities as the backdrop to their urban spaces. Click here for more information. (This is a past 2018 event)


IDA's East Coast Urban District Forum was held May 9-10, 2018 in Pittsburgh, PA. Click here for more information. (This is a past 2018 event)


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 program took place June 17-22, 2018 in New York City. Stay tuned for details in the fall about applying for the 2019 Emerging Leader Fellowship. (This is a past 2018 event)


International town and urban leaders came together last year in Sweden for the second World Towns Leadership Summit. In 2018, the event will took place in Berlin, Germany, June 18-20. City leaders worldwide discussed the evolving nature of civic governance and the changing economic drivers for successful placemaking. More information is available here. (This is a past 2018 event)


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