Strategic Partnerships



Preferred Providers

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, Partner & Economic Development Practice Leader. DHR is the only major retained search firm with a dedicated Economic Development Practice. IDA and DHR refined the partnership in 2012 to provide quality talent solutions to member organizations worldwide, and expanded services to include senior management staffing and Executive Integration Services (EIS). In 2017, the renewed partnership enters its thirteenth year. Read the 2017 Press Release.

Contact: David Smith, Partner & Economic Development Practice Leader,, (412) 261-1492 x 16 


Member365 gets downtowns! Your role is to promote your downtown as the preferred place to play, shop, work, live and learn - that’s a big list! Member365 is made specifically for you and we would like to take some things off your plate. Imagine a modern cloud based solution, connected with your website, to streamline administrative tasks, improve communication and strengthen engagement with members and your community. This new partnership will offer the downtown management industry smarter, more efficient membership-focused software. Contact Member365 now to find out more. Read the Press Release.

Contact: Braydon Williamson, Business Development & Partnerships,, (613) 247-0071 x 3415 


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


IKE Smart City is a leader in the development and operation of Smart City interactive digital kiosks. IKE, a proven proprietary system that connects BIDs with citizens, provides multimodal wayfinding, local business and event listings, free Wi-Fi, increased cellular connectivity and valuable data and analytics. Through sponsorships managed by the IKE team, BIDs receive a recurring revenue stream with no capital or operational investment. Give residents and visitors the dynamic new tools they need to discover your City. Make an appointment to experience IKE and learn more.

Contact: Liz Arthofer, VP, Marketing,, (614) 294-4898


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

Contact: Gemma Noble, Global VP Sales & Marketing,, (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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