Activating Public Spaces: A Guidebook for Urban Districts

A 2016 Top Issues Council Report — This is an in-depth guidebook for urban place managers who are programming public spaces, transforming them into an activated amenity for the community. The guidebook dives into the various regulatory, design, funding, and maintenance issues for both temporary and permanent placemaking initiatives. Click here to purchase.



Maintaining Authenticity of Place

A 2016 Top Issues Council Report — This report defines the various elements that contribute to the authenticity of a place to benefit the daily work of city builders, planners, place managers and community leaders. The authors highlight a ten-point authenticity checklist to be a roadmap for place managers who seek to increase their community’s authenticity, with the acknowledgement that each community’s path may be different and that there is no one cookie cutter method for authenticity. Click here to purchase.



Attracting Commercial Development: Tools and Case Studies

A 2016 Top Issues Council Report — Attracting commercial development to an urban core relies on a multitude of factors to be successful. This report includes examples from across the globe to show the diversity of economic development tools and successful attraction of commercial development. Click here to purchase.



Living Downtown: The New Residential Paradigm

A 2016 Top Issues Council Report — This report explores the importance of downtown residential activity, reviews efforts to attract housing development into downtowns and discusses many of the elements of accommodating downtown residents once they are there. Click here to purchase.



Prioritizing Pedestrian Improvements

A 2016 Top Issues Council Report — This report analyzes the results of an IDA member survey that touched on four key areas as they relate to pedestrian experience: education; engineering and planning; enforcement; and technology, and addresses the important role that urban place management organizations play when it comes to increasing walkability and enhancing the pedestrian experience. Click here to purchase.



Partnerships for Urban Place Management

A 2016 Top Issues Council Report — This report explores how place management organizations use public-private partnerships (P3) to play a vital role in the transformation of their communities and serves as a guide for these place management organizations to strategically and pragmatically shape such partnerships for the benefit of their downtowns and neighborhoods. Click here to purchase.



All 2016 Top Issues Councils Reports (Bundle)

The IDA Top Issues Councils is a research initiative that brings together industry leaders to produce research briefs on the top urban issues identified by IDA members in the areas of economy, experience and partnership. Each report explores the issues of public-private partnerships, the pedestrian experience, authenticity, downtown residential, commercial development, and activating public space from the perspective of the place management industry. Get all six reports now! Click here to purchase.



Creative Placemaking: A Guide for Business Districts to Work with Local Artists

This highly anticipated Guide for Business Districts to Work with Local Artists is a toolkit designed through a partnership with IDA and Springboard for the Arts that is specifically geared towards improvement districts, offering guidance on engagement with local artists to best enhance the experience and vitality of a place. This free guide showcases strategies to integrate the talents and ideas of multiple artists to best address the unique opportunities and strategies within business districts. Click here to download.



Quantifying the Value of Canadian Downtowns: A Research Toolkit

This toolkit is a groundbreaking effort to provide a downtown data standard, a common set of data and processes that will help Canadian place management organizations, such as BIAs/BIDs, establish and sustain evaluation and compare progress among downtowns. While this toolkit is geared towards Canadian downtowns, it also is of value for urban districts outside of Canada who are looking to move toward data standardization and data best practices. In the toolkit, organizations will find directions and insights on collecting, organizing, storing, and presenting downtown-specific data to make the case for continued investment and support. Click here to purchase the report.



High-Performing Urban District CEOs

This report explores the leadership skills required to run a dynamic, successful place management organization. The study is the result of in-depth interviews with 50 current and former leaders within the downtown and urban district management industry from the U.S., Canada, the Caribbean and South Africa. The study highlights urban district CEOs as diverse, adaptive, skilled and savvy leaders in their communities, and will become a critical guide for career development and hiring of industry leaders. Published May 2016. Click here to purchase the report.



2017 Staffing & Salary Survey

The survey captures data on key positions and such information as average staff salary, organizational budget, and CEO salary and benefits. The survey covers nearly 50 questions and offers an extensive array of cross-tabulations showing how salaries, staffing and other topics vary by U.S. geographic region, type of organization, operating budget and more. The 2017 survey includes updated data and a larger response rate than ever before. Click here to purchase.



Downtown Rebirth Report

“Downtown Rebirth” features an analysis of downtowns and employment centers in America’s 150 largest cities for jobs, documenting for the first time the number of people who work and live in and around 231 diversified employment centers and providing information about job density, city form, and the percentage of Americans who are choosing these live-work environments. Click here to learn more.



2011 U.S. BID Census Report

The study, conducted by the Institute of Business District Management, the Rutgers University’s School of Public Affairs and Administration and funded by several member organizations of the International Downtown Association, presents a snapshot of the characteristics of BIDs in 2010 and captures such information as: the geography of BIDs; revenue sources & budget size; governance & board composition; tools for measuring performance. Names and contact information for surveyed BIDs not included. 46 pgs. Click here to purchase.



ABCs for Creating BIDs

This report is designed to help downtown organizations, property and business owners, local government officals and downtown advocates explore the formation of a BID by examining how a BID works and outlining a five-step process for creating a BID. Case studies, source documents and links to resources are provided. By M. Bradley Segal, September 2002. 33 pages. $10. Click here to purchase.