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 a spring event? Click here to review the 2019 Spring Events Sponsorship packages. Or email Tracie Clemmer, Director of Corporate Relations for more information.


IDA's West Coast regional will take place March 19-21, 2019 in Los Angeles, CA (LA Fashion District), in partnership with the California Downtown Association. Experts will explore 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 open. Click here for more information.


The IDA University & College Town Summit will be hosted in Raleigh, NC to share strategies, build partnerships, and find inspiration. The summit takes place on April 3-4, 2019 and focuses on the unique downtowns that host colleges and universities as the backdrop to their urban spaces. Registration information coming soon.


The IDA Operations & Security Summit will take place in Phoenix, AZ, April 10-11, 2019. More details and registration information coming soon.


IDA and the Business Improvement Association of British Columbia (BIABC) present a Pacific Northwest regional conference in Surrey, B.C., Canada, April 29-May 1, 2019. Join us in beautiful Surrey, BC - one of the fastest growing municipalities in British Columbia - April 29 to May 1, 2019 for the 30th anniversary of BIABC and year's conference "Evolution of BIAs." This year's agenda is full of great sessions spanning many areas of focus from planning or marketing & special events to advocacy, public safety, economic development and more. Early bird registration is now open, with discounted fees until February 22, 2019. Click here to visit the BIABC website for information. 


The IDA Economic Development Summit will take place in Oklahoma City, OK, May 1-2, 2019. More details and registration information coming soon.


The IDA Place Branding & Placemaking Summit will take place in Huntsville, AL May 15-16, 2019. More details and registration information coming soon.


International town and urban leaders came together last year in Berlin for the third World Towns Leadership Summit. In 2019, the event will take place in Tokyo, Japan, May 13-15. More information will be available in early 2019.


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. More information will be available in 2019.


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