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!


Safety & Security Top Issues Council Webinar

Every thriving community requires public safety. Now that your downtown center has become revitalized, it’s important to protect the investment within your district. How do you plan for public safety? What resources can you capitalize on to further your mission? IDA's Safety & Security Top Issues Council explored these topics and will share their insights with you during this webinar.

Learning Objectives:

  • Using crime statistics to your benefit
  • Emergency Preparedness
  • Partners in Crime – Leveraging public-private partnerships
  • Amy Geren, Downtown Experience Liaison, Portland Downtown
  • Michael Manetti, Safety and Security Program Manager, Golden Triangle BID
  • Shawn Matthews, Director of Safety Outreach Initiatives, Downtown Winnipeg BIZ 
    This webinar will be held Wednesday, June 20 at 3 pm EDT.

    Price: $35 (members) and $70 (non-members).

    Register today in the IDA webstore!

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    Bridging the Gaps in Your Retail Landscape: Strategies that Work Webinar

    Learn how to champion retail and business diversity in urban place management, and how to tailor it to both market demand and the uniqueness of your district. There are many socioeconomic, geographic and other components that come into play when building a neighborhood. That knowledge is key to attracting and supporting businesses that will thrive in a specific area. In this webinar, you will gain insights to strategies for understanding those factors and how you can use them from IDA's Diverse Retail Mix Top Issues Council and a 2017 Pinnacle Award Winner, “Open for Business.”

    Learning Objectives:

  • Changing perceptions amongst property owners, developers and businesses about your area.
  • Promoting the district’s economic development.
  • Developing programs and initiatives to incentivize new businesses.
  • How to partner with brokers and agents – not compete with them.
  • Becoming a stronger advocate for business interests.
  • Chad Emerson, President & CEO, Downtown Huntsville, Inc.
  • Nancy Bird, Executive Director, Iowa City Downtown District
  • Gloria Cardwell-Hoeppner, CPHR, C.Mgr., Executive Director, West End BIZ
    This webinar will be held Wednesday, July 18 at 3 pm EDT.

    Price: $35 (members) and $70 (non-members).

    Register today in the IDA webstore!

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    Save These Upcoming Webinar Dates

    Stay tuned for details about our 2018 webinars! You can also visit the IDA webstore to purchase past webinar recordings.
  • August 15, 2018
  • August 22, 2018
  • September 19, 2018

  • Member Benefits Explained

    Join IDA staff and fellow peers as we walk through 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 is coming up on Thursday, August 16, 2018 at 3 pm ET. Registration information coming soon.

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

    Past Recorded Webinars

    July 26, 2017 - - Giving Pedestrians a Way to Connect (webstore)
    August 16, 2017 - - Faking it or Making it: How Communities Reflect Authenticity (webstore)
    October 4, 2017 - - Shop Small: Supporting Independent Businesses In Your Community; webinar presented by American Express (webstore)
    October 25, 2017 - - The Power of Data; webinar presented by Springboard Inc. (webstore)
    November 15, 2017 - - Here’s the Math: BID/BIA Impact on Property Values (webstore)
    January 10, 2018 - - Fasten Your Seatbelt: What the Coming Mobility Revolution Means for Your Downtown; webinar presented by Stantec's Urban Places (webstore)
    February 28, 2018 - - The Opioid Epidemic; webinar presented by Future's Palm Beach (webstore)
    March 21, 2018 - - The Economic and Cultural Impact of Downtown University and College Campuses (webstore)
    April 18, 2018 - - Homelessness in Urban Districts (webstore)
    June 13, 2018 - - How Parking Management Can Increase Transportation Choices and Leverage Downtown Growth; webinar presented by Stantec's Urban Places (webstore)

    Missed a Webinar?

    IDA webinars will be recorded and sent to attendees so please register if you are located in other time zones. Previous webinars are available as recordings 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.