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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.

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. All sessions will include a moderated Q&A. Please note, live webinars are currently accessible for IDA members only. Past recordings are available for members and nonmembers. Selected past recordings are available for members and nonmembers.  Sign up for an upcoming webinar or access a past recording here.

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.

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 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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.