IDA webinars provide easy access to thought leaders across multiple disciplines covering topics as diverse as downtowns themselves. From guerilla placemaking to capital improvements, practitioners have the opportunity to hear from and network with their peers at the forefront of downtown management. We offer two webinar series: Trending Topics which covers hot topics in the downtown and association world; and Best Practices which highlights award-winning projects from downtown organizations. Learn more about previous and upcoming webinars below!


Next IDA Webinar July 26, 2017: Giving Pedestrians a Way to Connect

Urban place management organizations are responsible for laying the foundations for improving the pedestrian environment in downtowns; they are able to attract more visitors through pedestrian improvements, focus investments to improve connectivity and walkability, advocate for pedestrian improvements through benchmarking and data, and forge partnerships with other downtown organizations focused on fostering a pedestrian friendly environment. The Chicago Riverwalk, an initiative to reclaim the river for benefit of the city, has allowed locals and visitors to access the river, and the streets above, in a continuous journey. The Loop at Pine + Ocean is a bold, effervescent, community engaging, open space which was once a vacant and decaying lot.

Join our expert panel as we discuss these two Downtown Achievement award-winning projects and the 2016 Top Issues Council report. Participants will learn:

• Fund a large infrastructure project
• Measure the success/economic impact of the project
• Translate a project of this scale to smaller cities

Speakers for "Giving Pedestrians a Way to Connect: Create an Amazing Public Space" include:
• Carrie Gartner, Executive Director, The Loop CID
• Sean Warner, AICP, Placemaking Manger, Downtown Long Beach Associates
• Gina Ford, Principal, Landscape Architect, Sasaki Associates, Inc.

This month's webinar will be held Wednesday, July 26 at 3pm EDT.
Register now in the IDA webstore. Price: $35 (members) and $70 (non-members).

Save These Upcoming 2017 Webinar Dates

August 16, 2017
October 18, 2017
November 15, 2017

Member Benefits Explained

Join IDA staff and fellow peers as we walk though all the benefits of an IDA membership. This free webinar is perfect for new members or groups that want a refresher on all their benefits. The next "Member Benefits Explained" webinar will be Thursday, August 17 at 3pm EDT. Click here to register.

Contact Rebecca Bishophall at (202) 798-5908 if you would like a previous recording.

Past 2017 Recorded Webinars

January 18, 2017 - - Attracting Businesses and Creating a Shared Identity (webstore)
February 22, 2017 - - Got Residents? How to Keep Your New Neighbors Happy (webstore)
April 26, 2017 - - Rebranding Pitfalls (webstore)
May 17, 2017 - - Activating Public Space (webstore)
June 21, 2017- - Leading the Process: Developing Public/Private Partnerships ... (webstore)


Missed a Webinar?

Previous webinars are available as podcasts in the IDA Webstore. If you don't see what you are looking for, please contact Rebecca Bishophall at (202) 798-5908 to inquire.

Vendor Hosted Webinars

Host a co-branded webinar with IDA to reach city leaders! Showcase your innovative solutions by explaining to this unique audience how your company enhances urban districts and enjoy an array of marketing benefits in this customized marketing opportunity. Special interest webinars are limited to six per calendar year. Contact Tracie Clemmer at tracie@downtown.org for details today.