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COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Resources

This resources page has been developed to summarize and equip the urban place management industry with current information and best practices in preparing for and responding to the COVID-19 in our downtowns, city centers and neighborhood districts.

On April 2, 2020, IDA created a Coronavirus Pandemic Advocacy page to support urban place management organizations with gaining access to federal stimulus support during this major health, safety and economic crisis in our downtowns, city centers and neighborhood districts. Our members, as well as IDA, need everyone to advocate for all 501 (c) designations. There are several requests, so please review them all and take action today.

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COVID-19: IDA Member Community Discussions: Each Friday hear from leading subject matter experts on various topics about how their organization is responding to the outbreak. Each Monday, IDA has will host a CEO discussion featuring member executives from around the globe to provide a strategic overview and leadership perspective. IDA Canada will be hosting Wednesday conversation calls with front-line perspectives on what colleagues are facing every day as business and property owners try to cope with unprecedented circumstances and Canadian-focused content. All sessions will include a moderated Q&A. Please note, COVID-19: IDA Member Community Discussions live webinars are currently accessible for IDA members only. Selected past recordings are available for members and nonmembers.  

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IDA members are having vital discussions surrounding the many impacts of coronavirus on IDEA Connection. This is a time when our community of professionals are benefiting from the combined wisdom within IDA and together begin to understand how communities are responding and recovering. Share knowledge and best practices for dealing with the challenges and impacts of COVID-19 on IDEA Connection.

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Revisit this page frequently to remain informed and review the latest resources.

Do you have a resource or example of your response to the coronavirus to share with members? If so, email IDA’s Research Team.

The resources

below provide direction on advocacy relief for local businesses as well as guidelines and recommendations for strategies for various workplaces.

This section offers direction on communications across media channels (social media, blog posts, newsletters, etc.). and samples of resource pages by urban place management organizations.

From David Downey, President & CEO, IDA:

“Our current situation, while unique, reminds me of my prior work and lessons learned from Hurricane Katrina as well as other disastrous events. Our communities and organizations are in the first of three stages, described as Response, Recovery and Rebuilding. This is a time when the environment is changing quickly, information is of abundance, and the future forward can seem unclear…” Read More

    • Click here to access the April 2, 2020 News From the Top.
    • Click here to access the March 26, 2020 News From the Top (by Tami Door, Downtown Denver)
    • Click here to access the March 19, 2020 News From the Top.
    • Click here to access the March 12, 2020 News From the Top.
    • Click here to access the March 5, 2020 News From the Top.

Downtown, center cities and neighborhood districts are heavily impacted by social distancing measures, business closures and community health implications. IDA’s members are a multidisciplinary group that work collaboratively to solve problems, develop tools and create strategies addressing a broad range of issues impacting how people live, work and play in cities. See how IDA members are responding during COVID-19.

April 3, 2020: Without a Stronger Government Response, Main Street Businesses Will be Decimated By the Pandemic [Halifax Examiner]

April 3, 2020: Downtown Huntsville Dining: How It May Be Changed Forever [AL.com]

April 1, 2020: Retailers Take Proactive Approach to Prevent Looting During Shutdown [WWD]

March 31, 2020: Essential staff continue sanitizing Downtown Austin in COVID-19 fight [CBS Austin]

March 31, 2020: Golden Triangle Ambassadors Stay Safe While Helping Keep the City Clean [Fox 5 video]

March 30, 2020: Downtown Businesses Turn To Creativity To Make Ends Meet [91.5 KRCC]

March 29, 2020: Downtown Seattle’s Future Depends on Coronavirus-Relief Funds Now [The Seattle Times]  

March 29, 2020: West Palm Beach Brings Local Musicians Directly to Your Screen [WPTV]

March 29, 2020: Company Gives Huntsville 65,000 Pounds of Free Food [AL.com] 

March 28, 2020: Comfort Stations Installed to Help the Homeless of Harrisburg [WGAL 8]

March 27, 2020: DDD Supporting Local Businesses [Fox 8]

March 25, 2020: Downtown Bozeman’s COVID-19 Response: Recovery and Resiliency [Bozeman Daily Chronicle]

March 25, 2020: Virtual Concerts to Replace Downtown Alive, Help Musicians Who Lost Gigs Cecause of Coronavirus [The Acadiana Advocate]

March 25, 2020: Downtown Surrey BIA Kick Starts Meal Program [Surrey Now-Leader]

March 25, 2020 (ongoing): Virtual Tempe Festival of the Arts #SupportArtists [Instagam]  

March 25, 2020: See Downtown Milwaukee Buildings Lit Up In Red, White And Blue As Sign Of Hope: Slideshow [Milwaukee Business Journal]

March 24, 2020: Downtown Improvement District Deploys Handwashing Stations in Minneapolis [ABC 5]

March 23, 2020: Cambridge To Pay Restaurants To Make Meals For Homeless People [Bostonomix]

March 20, 2020: Campaign To Promote Restaurant Takeout During Coronavirus Closure [Tampa Patch]

March 19, 2020: Christmas in March? People Hang Holiday Lights Amid Coronavirus Pandemic [Distractify]

March 17, 2020: Kalamazoo Downtown Partnership Working To Help Local Businesses [WKZO]

March 17, 2020: Out of Work? Here’s Where to Turn for Help [Santa Barbara Independent]

March 17, 2020: How COVID-19 Is Impacting Anchorage’s Small Business — And What You Can Do [Alaska Journal of Commerce]

March 16, 2020: Local Businesses Ask That While They Work Hard To Serve You Safely– Please Don’t Forget About Them [WHNT19]

March 12, 2020: DSA President Calls for Creative, Urgent Action to Support Seattle Businesses  [My Northwest]

March 10, 2020: Seattle Small Businesses Pinched As Virus Keeps Workers Home [Valdosta Daily Times]

March 4, 2020: Addressing The Coronavirus Outbreak: A Walk Through Downtown Lancaster With A Medical Expert  [Fox43]

March 3, 2020: Coronavirus Response Gathering Steam In Evansville, Measures Seen As ‘Proactive’ [Courier & Press]

How is your downtown responding to COVID-19? Share with us.

Event cancellations and institutional closures are happening across the globe. This section provides action to take and resources for urban place management organizations to keep their constituents up-to-date.

The resources below provide an overview of the coronavirus outbreak which was declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern on 30 January 2020. These links provide rolling updates on COVID-19 including health, prevention and response resources as well as responses by governments around the globe.

IDA is pursuing measures to keep members and conference attendees safe and informed. For information about and status of upcoming events, please check the event webpages.