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Strategic Partnerships



Preferred Provider

DHR International is a leading, privately held provider of executive search solutions with more than 50 wholly-owned offices spanning the globe. DHR is community-based with 29 offices in North America, the largest geographic footprint of any major search firm. “Our geographic coverage supports clients who ‘act locally and think globally’,” said David Smith, EVP Economic Development. DHR is the only major retained search firm with a dedicated Economic Development Practice. In May 2012, IDA and DHR refined and expanded our partnership providing quality talent solutions to member organizations worldwide. The new partnership agreement expands services to include senior management staffing and Executive Integration Services (EIS).

Contact: David Smith, Executive Vice President,, (412) 261-1492 x.16 


Urban Champions

The International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) provides opportunities to network with important contacts, market your community and create retail success. Representing the retail real estate profession, its more than 70,000 members in over 100 countries include shopping center owners, developers, managers, marketing specialists, investors, retailers and brokers, as well as academics and public officials.  IDA members benefit from ICSC’s generous contribution as a pinnacle partner as well as tailored retail education to meet your needs for a thriving downtown community.

Contact: Michael Cowden, Community Outreach Manager,, (202) 626-1408


Springboard is the leading provider of performance monitoring for downtowns, malls and stores worldwide. Using the two key metrics of pedestrian counting and sales analysis in conjunction with other data sets, we offer unrivalled intelligence and insights into the performance and vitality of BIDs and retail property throughout North America and Europe working closely with the IDA.

Contact: Gemma Noble, Vice President, Sales, (646) 453-7675


Stantec’s Urban Places Group helps clients realize the full range of benefits that flow from fully urban, walkable downtowns, neighborhoods, and suburban centers. Driven by data and grounded in the marketplace, their plans inspire people and respond to stakeholder concerns. They’re helping dozens of communities across North America chart a path to greater livability, equity, and sustainability. The results of Stantec’s plans and designs are significant and measurable. When transit-oriented development lifts real estate values, a community gains new jobs and new revenue that can underwrite more affordable housing. When roads designed as complete streets invite people to leave the car at home and walk, bike or use transit, then public health gets a boost and our carbon footprint shrinks. When imaginative design turns a brownfield into a leafy riverside park, or a seawall into an elegant esplanade, quality of life rises and environmental threats become easier to manage. Their urban design team creates places, networks and infrastructure that connect people to place, to prosperity, and to each other.

Contact: David Dixon, Senior Principal,, (617) 654-6069


Awards Partners

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ABM provides urban maintenance services to keep your city the way it’s meant to be – a thriving area where people work, live, shop and enjoy themselves. We have proven expertise in providing a wide range of services for cities and downtown improvement districts. Cities like New York City, Philadelphia, Detroit, San Diego and Atlanta have relied on us for major projects. From street cleaning to landscaping to securing your streets, ABM can help make your vision a reality.

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