COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Resources
This resources page has been developed to summarize and equip the urban place management industry with current information and guidance for response and recovery to the pandemic in our downtowns, city centers and neighborhood districts. The importance of our role in supporting the post-pandemic future is crucial, and we must continue to emphasize the value the place management profession brings to our communities.
IDA has 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.
Each month, the Advancing Places webinar program will follow the same core schedule based on key IDA knowledge domains. The first Friday of each month will be Economic Development; the second Marketing, Communications and Events; the third Public Space Management and Operations; and finally the fourth Friday of each month will be Planning, Design and Infrastructure.
IDA will continue with the IDA Member CEO Community Discussion on the second Monday of each month, along with the IDA Canada Community Conversations taking place the fourth Monday.
IDA members are having vital discussions surrounding the many impacts of and recovery from 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.
As districts are being heavily impacted by physical distancing measures, business closures and community health implications, IDA has complied recovery strategies and guidelines from your peers across North America. (requires member login – make sure you are logged in by clicking the member login button in the upper right corner).
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Resources by Category
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 importance of our role in supporting the post-pandemic future is crucial for recovery and the new environment districts we will need to support. In past downturns, city centers and downtowns were among the first areas to bounce back, and they can be well-positioned to do so in the aftermath of the coronavirus pandemic.
- New York Times “The Daily” podcast [The Next Year (or Two) of the Pandemic]
- Brookings Metro Recovery Index and their Spotlight on Local Recovery Efforts
- Canadian Urban Institute’s Bring Back Main Street initiative
- National League of Cities [Safely Reopening Municipal Facilities Toolkit]
- Design for Distancing: An Initiative by the City of Baltimore
- Canadian Urban Institute’s Bring Back Main Street
Many states and communities are rethinking the pace of reopening due to recent spikes in COVID-19 cases. During this uncertain time, it is critical for city and downtown leaders to know how their residents are feeling about reopening and their priorities concerning safety and economic issues. As a service to our members, IDA has partnered with RRC Associates to survey residents and provide insights into their opinions. This summary presents the results from all respondents from the U.S. and Canada. The data can be critically important in helping to shape your planning and messaging for the public. Sign up to deploy a district survey to understand consumer confidence specific to your area. IDA is providing this District Consumer Survey as a complimentary resource to assist with reopening businesses.
P.U.M.A and IDA now offer a 2020 Global Trends Report Pandemic Update – our reasoned estimation and expectation on how the pandemic and associated disruptions will affect North American downtowns. Download the publication for free from the IDA webstore.
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.
- Central Square BID has created a district-wide campaign to support the small business and arts community, and help residents feel safe as they resume daily activities.
- Georgetown DC is offering the use to other BIDs of their face mask poster template which is posted throughout the commercial district public spaces.
- Tampa Downtown Partnership [2020 Annual Video]
- GrowthZone [social media images and more COVID-19 resources]
- Grow with Google’s marketing toolkit [free resources such as posters, social media posts, promotion and more]
- Canva and Postermywall [print and social media COVID-19 resources]
Downtown, center cities and neighborhood districts are heavily impacted by physical 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.
December 29, 2020: Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership Paying Struggling Restaurants To Provide For Food Insecure Communities [CBS Pittsburgh]
November 30, 2020: Survey Shows Downtown Business May Be Down But Not Out [Winnipeg Sun]
November 24, 2020: Pandemic-Inspired Holiday Art Installation in Flatiron Unveiled [NBC New York]
November 20, 2020: How COVID-19 is Impacting Downtown Huntsville Activities [WHNT]
November 20, 2020: Downtown Partnership of Baltimore Brings Back Gift Card Program to Help Businesses Struggling Due to COVID-19 [CBS Baltimore]
November 16, 2020: First ‘Parklets’ Arrive in New Orleans [NOLA]
October 28, 2020: Downtown Somerville Alliance Offers $50K Small Business Fund [TAP Into]
October 20, 2020: Decatur to Temporarily Allow Open Container Alcohol Sales [Decaturish]
September 24, 2020: Downtown Austin Group Hopes t Boost Economic Recovery [Statesman]
September 15, 2020: Downtown Progress In Jacksonville Still Has Momentum [The Florida Times-Union]
September 14, 2020: Grand Rapids’ Outdoor Dining ‘Social Zones’ [Wood TV]
September 12, 2020: Meatpacking Biz Group Has Seen the ‘Future’ of Public Space [Streetsblog]
September 8, 2020: How We Plan to Rebuild in the Post COVID Economy [Authority Magazine]
September 8, 2020: A Huge Outdoor “Streatery” Will Open in Downtown DC [Washingtonian]
September 8, 2020: With Backing Of Business Improvement Areas, Calgary’s Trendy Streets Will Survive [Calgary Herald]
September 7, 2020: Local Artists Land Gig Making Mask-Wearing Posters [NBC4 Washington]
September 6, 2020: Here’s What The Tenderloin’s New Safe Streets Program Looks Like [SF Gate]
September 4, 2020: How This Group Is Helping Make Myrtle Beach A Better City [Myrtle Beach Online]
How is your downtown responding to COVID-19? Share with us.
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The information and materials provided on these resource pages are provided as an informational resource only. Please consult your own experts and professionals to advise you with regard to your specific facts and circumstances.