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Apply for the 2017 Emerging Leader Fellowship

This is the only professional development program created specifically for rising stars in the urban place management industry. Start today: applications require letters of support and other items, and are due by Jan. 31! Space is limited to 26 professionals who are IDA members.

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Top Issues Councils Applications due Dec. 2

Applications to join a 2017 Top Issues Council have been extended to Friday, Dec. 2 for the four councils listed below. Serving on an IDA Top Issues Council provides an opportunity for an engaged leadership role within IDA; to have your work recognized and published; to share expert knowledge; to connect with fellow practitioners; and to contribute to the growing, relevant body of knowledge on the place management industry. The 2017 councils with spots remaining are:

  • Infrastructure
  • Bicycle Improvements
  • Urban Parks
  • Safety and Security

Click to apply or view the 2016 publications.


Save the Dates for 2017 Events!

Winnipeg, Sweden, New York City, Long Beach and Tempe: IDA is going around the world in 2017, for the second Emerging Leader Fellowship, the first-ever College Town Summit, and a slew of other inspiring events where you can connect with industry profesionals.

Learn more and mark your calendar today.


Watch a Video About the New IDA

For decades urban place management leaders and IDA members have been undertaking the hard work of city building: waking up each day, thinking about how to improve their piece of the city, activate a space, fill a vacancy, and make a neighborhood more livable.

It’s time for the wizard to come out from behind the curtain and show the world we are an industry that can solve 21st century challenges. City building is synonymous with professional urban space management.

We are now launching the next era of IDA: an organization built upon the diversity and strength of our members, and our passion for city building. Learn more about Inspired Leaders Shaping Cities, our new narrative and our brand new look.

Watch a video about the new brand.

IDA Headlines Association Industry Home Page

The American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) has selected the International Downtown Association (IDA) and its members to showcase the value of collaboration in improving urban centers. IDA members have been shaping vibrant cities for decades. Learn more about this inspiring industry and an IDA member in your city. Watch the video.

IDA Member Organizations

Where are IDA's North American members located?


Downtowns Canada

Learn about the work the Downtowns Canada, an IDA coalition, and read the Federal Agenda report.


Strategic Partners

Learn more about our strategic partners, including the International Council of Shopping Centers. 


Downtown Rebirth

An analysis of the live/work dynamic in America's 150 largest cities.