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IDA Top Issues Council 2018

In its third year, the IDA Top Issues Councils have brought together over 45 members, each exploring a key topic within our industry and authoring a guidebook for sharing trends, case studies, and recommendations. This year's topics include economic development, parking, place branding, inclusive places, nighttime economy and urban mobility. All six reports are now on sale as PDF bundles or individual reports in the IDA webstore. Read the Executive Summaries now.

IDA Awards 2018

Every year, IDA recognizes outstanding improvements to downtown by the work of dedicated individuals around the globe through the Downtown Achievement Awards. These exceptional projects highlight organizational advances in a variety of categories and stages of completion. Read summaries and full project presentations to review projects that could help make a difference in your downtown. Visit our YouTube channel to view videos highlighting the 2018 award winners. Congratulations to all of our 2018 Downtown Achievement Award winners!


The IDA Emerging Leader Fellowship is a week-long experiential program that will bring together a cohort of IDA professionals from within the urban district management industry. The fellows will learn essential leadership and place management skills, and gain practical tools in the areas of place-based economic development, the live-work-play experience, and public-private partnerships. Learn more about applying by Friday, November 30, 2018 for this program.



IDA Canada

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


Strategic Partners

Learn more about our strategic partners, including Block by Block, CityPost, ICSC, IKE Smart City, Springboard and Stantec's Urban Places. 


Join the Narrative

IDA's Urban Place Management Narrative Toolkit provides a framework for communicating our commitment to shaping dynamic city centers all around the world.