Strategic Partnerships


Preferred Providers

HRS, Inc. is an executive search firm which focuses on Economic Development. David Smith and his colleagues have provided quality talent solutions to IDA member organizations for over 13 years. David formerly served as Partner & Economic Development Practice Leader of the global firm, DHR International, and then founded HRS, Inc.

Contact: David Smith, President,, (412) 498-3703 mobile


Urban Champions



Stantec’s Urban Places is an interdisciplinary hub bringing together leaders in planning and urban design, transportation including smart and urban mobility, resilience, development, mixed-use architecture, smart cities, and brownfield redevelopment. We work in downtowns across North America—in cities and suburbs alike—to unlock the extraordinary urban promise of enhanced livability, equity, and resilience. Read the 2017 Partnership Press Release.

Contact: David Dixon, Planning and Urban Design Leader,, (617) 654-6069   

Presenting Awards Sponsor


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 Sky Connect Networks (SCN) provides the experience and expertise needed for successful Muni, BID and Public Space Smart City, IoT and large-scale public Wi-Fi deployments. SCN offers a complete suite of services that will help you design, maintain and finance your Smart City network.

Contact: Steve Amarante, Business Development,, (917) 376-9291

District Advocates


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Contact: Ted Peterson, President , (877) 369-6332

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Contact: Robert Buckley, Director of Sales & Marketing, (877) 815-9276

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Contact: Danielle Dhiab, Client Consultant, (866) 518-4404

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Contact: Christopher Beynon, AICP, Chief Development Officer, (510) 845-7549

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