International Downtown Association

International Downtown Association The mission of the International Downtown Association is to connect diverse practitioners who transform cities into healthy and vibrant places.
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The International Downtown Association is a champion for vital and livable urban centers and strives to inform, influence and inspire downtown leaders and advocates.

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Hear how a team in Austin, TX raised the standards of urban horticulture in their area. Register today: http://ow.ly/DC7...
03/18/2021

Hear how a team in Austin, TX raised the standards of urban horticulture in their area. Register today: http://ow.ly/DC7150DXdSa

Downtowns are immensely valuable, diverse, efficient, inclusive and resilient on multiple levels. Explore the 2020 execu...
03/17/2021

Downtowns are immensely valuable, diverse, efficient, inclusive and resilient on multiple levels. Explore the 2020 executive summary and ways to participate in the 2021 study here: http://ow.ly/ONXy50DXdNV

Downtown FTL is pointing to the downtown area's residential growth, cultural attractions and public spaces, such as park...
03/16/2021
'Broward is already a local tech hub': How Fort Lauderdale plans to attract new businesses downtown - South Florida Business Journal

Downtown FTL is pointing to the downtown area's residential growth, cultural attractions and public spaces, such as parks, as businesses consider moves or expansions in South Florida says Jenni Morejon, CEO. http://ow.ly/2ciI50DXgDv

"We're working hard to make sure Fort Lauderdale is a name that flows off of people's tongues like Miami and West Palm Beach," one official said.

Join the discussion on how to implement sustainable methods for planting in your district this Friday. Reserve your spot...
03/16/2021

Join the discussion on how to implement sustainable methods for planting in your district this Friday. Reserve your spot today: http://ow.ly/kUlA50DXdvD

Congratulations to the incoming Downtown State College executive director, Lee Anne Jeffries, who will continue to advan...
03/15/2021
Downtown State College Improvement District Announces Leadership Change | State College, PA

Congratulations to the incoming Downtown State College executive director, Lee Anne Jeffries, who will continue to advance the initiatives that support the businesses and cultural community in State College, PA. http://ow.ly/JhJs50DXgjZ

Local news from StateCollege.com and Centre County Partners. Read about Downtown State College Improvement District Announces Leadership Change and more from the State College, PA region

Spread the word! IDA is holding a Digital Readiness Workshop tomorrow to help small and medium-sized businesses! Support...
03/15/2021

Spread the word! IDA is holding a Digital Readiness Workshop tomorrow to help small and medium-sized businesses! Support your the businesses in your district and have them join at 1pm ET (10am PT). http://ow.ly/8mnp50DXdkB

"What if we reimagined these valuable slices of real estate as places to build community, to connect disconnected neighb...
03/14/2021
Streets that put people first, not cars

"What if we reimagined these valuable slices of real estate as places to build community, to connect disconnected neighborhoods and to encourage healthier lifestyles?" http://ow.ly/mi6I50DXhPx

Cities around the world are reconfiguring their urban grids to support local communities and economies. Boston should do it too.

"Social relationships as the starting point, so that hyper-local planning becomes the vehicle through which you can addr...
03/13/2021
Where the ‘15-Minute City’ Falls Short

"Social relationships as the starting point, so that hyper-local planning becomes the vehicle through which you can address questions of social or environmental justice.” http://ow.ly/59Lu50DQuPC

Urban experts warn that a popular post-pandemic design principle may not translate well from Europe to North America, and could exacerbate inequality.

“Four billion dollars of development continues to move forward. Cranes are still flying high over downtown Dallas.” - Do...
03/12/2021
Downtown Dallas leaders look ahead to post-COVID growth

“Four billion dollars of development continues to move forward. Cranes are still flying high over downtown Dallas.” - Downtown Dallas, Inc. CEO Kourtny Garrett. http://ow.ly/dKsu50DQu6F

Still struggling to recover from a pandemic that turned parts of downtown Dallas into a ghost town, center city proponents are looking to the future. Major...

We’ve made it easier than ever to share the Digital Readiness Series for Small and Medium-sized Businesses with the busi...
03/12/2021

We’ve made it easier than ever to share the Digital Readiness Series for Small and Medium-sized Businesses with the business community in your district! Visit our website to download the ready-made marketing toolkit.
http://ow.ly/GbI550DQrZ1

“Our small businesses, hotels, first responders, service industry workers, and other essential workers have served daily...
03/11/2021
The Golden Triangle BID Launches “Golden Getaway” to Honor Local Heroes

“Our small businesses, hotels, first responders, service industry workers, and other essential workers have served daily as neighborhood anchors in the face of the incredibly challenging times of the past year,” - Leona Agouridis in the Golden Triangle DC. http://ow.ly/US5K50DQujD

The Golden Triangle Business Improvement District (BID) is launching “Golden Getaway,” a giveaway honoring five deserving individuals for their services, acts of kindness, and hard work in their communities. Five winners will receive curated staycation packages that showcase the best in hospital...

Join us Friday to gain valuable insights on how positioning and messaging can amplify a newly formed brand strategy.  ht...
03/11/2021

Join us Friday to gain valuable insights on how positioning and messaging can amplify a newly formed brand strategy. http://ow.ly/TKsA50DQrNW

The deadline to submit for the IDA Downtown Achievement Awards is THIS Friday! . Showcase your resiliency and share your...
03/10/2021

The deadline to submit for the IDA Downtown Achievement Awards is THIS Friday! . Showcase your resiliency and share your best practices with the world and submit today: http://ow.ly/s19K50DQrTk

"BIDs are a proven regeneration tool providing investment and giving businesses, working with public agencies, more cont...
03/09/2021
Why BIDs are vital to our towns and city centres

"BIDs are a proven regeneration tool providing investment and giving businesses, working with public agencies, more control of their trading environment." http://ow.ly/7whq50DQupO

FIVE years ago the first Business Improvement Districts (BIDS) were launched in Northern Ireland, and now three of them, including Belfast One, are asking businesses in their area to re-elect them.

"If priorities are set appropriately and investments are made in the key areas of quality-of-life enhancement and physic...
03/09/2021
Business Improvement Districts: Harnessing the Collective Power of Stakeholders | by Chris Bernardo | LinkedIn

"If priorities are set appropriately and investments are made in the key areas of quality-of-life enhancement and physical beautification, then the collective power of local stakeholders can be fully realized." http://ow.ly/hrbW50DRitc

By Chris Bernardo, President and CEO, Commercial District Services LLC Delivering value and having an impact with limited resources is always a challenge. Smaller BIDs are often presented with issues similar to the municipalities in which they operate.

Exciting new program coming to Downtown Phoenix! "Small businesses are vital to our distinct street-level experience," s...
03/08/2021
Downtown Phoenix Partnership handing out $5 vouchers to support small businesses

Exciting new program coming to Downtown Phoenix! "Small businesses are vital to our distinct street-level experience," says CEO Devney Preuss. http://ow.ly/xsGl50DQucg

Local Valley businesses will be infused with much-needed money as the Downtown Phoenix Partnership will be handing out $5 vouchers for customers to spend, helping the businesses recover from COVID-19 financial losses. We have how you can get your hands on a voucher.

We’ll be discussing how to approach and implement an organization-wide brand identity effort with panelists from Walnut ...
03/08/2021

We’ll be discussing how to approach and implement an organization-wide brand identity effort with panelists from Walnut Street Creative and Downtown Atlanta this Friday. Reserve your spot today: http://ow.ly/NAsn50DQsbd

"Dozens of cities in Europe, including Rome, London and Paris, plan to limit center city traffic to emission-free vehicl...
03/07/2021
The City Where Cars Are Not Welcome

"Dozens of cities in Europe, including Rome, London and Paris, plan to limit center city traffic to emission-free vehicles during the next decade." http://ow.ly/PAaT50DRiYG

As automakers promise to get rid of internal combustion engines, Heidelberg is trying to get rid of autos.

Read how Downtown Windsor BIA's parklets program has been a success for all businesses in the downtown area. "There’s a ...
03/05/2021
Outdoor patios 'a huge success' for city businesses, backers say

Read how Downtown Windsor BIA's parklets program has been a success for all businesses in the downtown area. "There’s a mass of people walking on the streets, going into different shops, restaurants. Kind of hopping about.” http://ow.ly/MCqY50DJZ6M

Windsor's loosening of regulations allowing curbside cafes and parklets during the pandemic created an exciting patio culture buzz in 2020.

Join Mary Ludgin, Senior Managing Director and Director of Global Investment Research for Heitman as she shares insights...
03/04/2021

Join Mary Ludgin, Senior Managing Director and Director of Global Investment Research for Heitman as she shares insights on investment strategies and the real estate economic forecast for 2021. Reserve your spot: http://ow.ly/g9X050DJY7E

“We need to make smart decisions about keeping the downtown as safe as possible, keeping it clean and green.." —Steve Cr...
03/03/2021
Downtown Minneapolis Is Still Holding On

“We need to make smart decisions about keeping the downtown as safe as possible, keeping it clean and green.." —Steve Cramer and the Minneapolis Downtown Council team are working hard! http://ow.ly/gywp50DJZwS

How the pandemic’s impact on Minneapolis’ central business district has bruised some, broken others, and affected the whole region

Downtowns represent economic opportunity and future growth. The mix of uses, coupled with ample commercial real estate, ...
03/03/2021

Downtowns represent economic opportunity and future growth. The mix of uses, coupled with ample commercial real estate, positions both downtown and its city for continued office, job, and residential growth. Explore more of the 2020 executive summary here: http://ow.ly/gEO050DJXLe

Holly Childs and Wilmington Downtown, Inc. (WDI) are working to raise the bar and create some real economic development ...
03/02/2021
Downtown momentum | WilmingtonBiz

Holly Childs and Wilmington Downtown, Inc. (WDI) are working to raise the bar and create some real economic development change in downtown. http://ow.ly/DGMY50DJYsv

When Holly Childs arrived in Wilmington recently, she landed in a downtown undergoing major transformations. Parks and county facilities are being reimagined, historic buildings continue to be renovated and adapted to new uses, large-scale housing developments are bringing more residents downtown an...

Join us Friday to hear insights into what we have learned from living during the pandemic and what habits and preference...
03/02/2021

Join us Friday to hear insights into what we have learned from living during the pandemic and what habits and preferences we’ve discovered about how we use space. Register today: http://ow.ly/MkeI50DJXjv

Wow!! The City of Calgary has allocated over $4.2 million in provincial and federal COVID-19 recovery funding towards th...
03/01/2021
The City of Calgary announces 2021 Business Improvement Area relief program

Wow!! The City of Calgary has allocated over $4.2 million in provincial and federal COVID-19 recovery funding towards the 15 BIAs located in the city. http://ow.ly/2Cj050DJZJa

The City of Calgary is continuing to take action to support businesses and help keep our local economy afloat throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. As part of this work, The City has allocated over $4.2 million in provincial and federal COVID-19 recovery funding towards Business Improvement Areas (BIA...

Now, more than ever, small businesses are looking to urban place management leaders for information on how to and stimul...
03/01/2021

Now, more than ever, small businesses are looking to urban place management leaders for information on how to and stimulate place-based economic growth. Share with them our free four-part Digital Readiness Series designed to directly impact them. http://ow.ly/akBW50DJXCP

“We’re not going back to normal, because, in a lot of cases, we will decide we like it this way, and wonder why we didn’...
02/28/2021
How Covid is changing the curb

“We’re not going back to normal, because, in a lot of cases, we will decide we like it this way, and wonder why we didn’t always do it like this.” http://ow.ly/p18H50DJZZL

Cities that changed their curb management policies in response to the pandemic have learned lessons that could reshape streets for a long time to come.

“As many of our urban freeways reach the point where they need rebuilding, the idea of removing a freeway structure and ...
02/27/2021
Repairing the Urban Fabric Ruined by Highways

“As many of our urban freeways reach the point where they need rebuilding, the idea of removing a freeway structure and replacing it with a boulevard is growing in popularity—especially if there are alternative routes for freeway traffic.” http://ow.ly/3yQT50DEVg8

For decades, high-volume roadways have marred the downtowns of cities. It’s time for a “Big Rethink.”

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