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66th Annual Conference & Marketplace

IDA 66th Annual Conference & Marketplace

You are invited to join the International Downtown Association at the upcoming 66th Annual Conference & Marketplace, October 6-8, 2020. Inspired leaders shaping cities from around the globe will convene online to discuss emerging trends and important challenges in urban place management. Attendees will walk away with new ideas and solutions to apply in their respective cities.  

This year’s conference, Forward Togetherwill bring our community of professionals together to benefit from the combined wisdom within IDA to achieve impact, embrace innovation, create strategies and solve the challenges that downtowns and urban districts face around the world. The virtual conference will highlight the brightest industry minds and feature timely educational sessions, dynamic Master Talks, exciting networking opportunities and innovative corporate solutions.  

Please join us this October during the 66th Annual Conference & Marketplace to network, collaborate and exchange ideas. Registration is now open!

Get social! What questions will you come ready to ask? Share them on Twitter using #IDAForwardTogether. 

Master Talks

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Carol Coletta

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Maurice A. Jones

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Jennifer S. Vey

Conference Details

In order to register for conference, you need to either have an account in IDA’s database or you must create one. If you previously registered for an event in the past, you should have an account in the new database. For instructions on logging in to your IDA accountplease visit the Downtown.org Guide.  

Registration for the 66th Annual Conference & Marketplace is now open. 

IDA Member Price (U.S.): $249 

IDA Member Price (Canada and International): $219  

Nonmember Price (U.S.): $449 

Nonmember Price (Canada and International): $419 

Student rate: $99   

All prices above are in USD. To begin the registration process, click here.

Register Now

Late Registration: A $50 late registration fee per attendee will be added for registrations completed on or after September 18, 2020.

Payment Methods: For your convenience, payments may be made by Visa, MasterCard or American Express.  Should you need to pay by check, you will not be able to complete registration online. Please email registration@downtown.org for assistance.   

Cancellation Policy: Written notice of cancellation is required. Cancellations received via email by September 172020 will receive a refund less a $50 processing fee. Refunds will be processed approximately 30 days after the event. Cancellations received after September 17, 2020 will not be refunded. IDA regrets that refunds will not be given for no-shows. Please email the cancellation notification to the International Downtown Association by emailing at registration@downtown.org. 

Substitutions: Substitutions of registrations are gladly accepted prior to the virtual event start date. Please submit a written request to registration@downtown.org by October 5, 2020 at 3 pm ET to complete your substitution. Only one substitution is permitted per original registrant. The individual submitting the substitution request is responsible for all financial obligations (any balance due) associated with that substitution.  

Student Registration: IDA is offering a student rate of $99 USD for the 66th Annual Conference & Marketplace. If you are currently a student at a university or a college, email registration@downtown.org for assistance in registering to attend the conference at this special rate. Please include a copy of your valid student ID card. 

Code of ConductPlease review the Code of Conduct here. 

To Register Yourself for the IDA Annual Conference & Marketplace:  To register yourself for the Annual Conference you must have an account in the IDA database. If you have an account,  click here to login and begin the registration process. If you do not have an account, click “create an account” to get started. If you forgot your password, you can reset it from this screen as well. Once you are logged in, you can proceed with registering for the event. 

  1. If you are the primary contact for your organization, you will see a screen with a choice of who you are purchasing for (yourself or group registration for your organization). Click your name to register just yourself. If you are not a primary contact, you will automatically start on the registration screen as you are not authorized to register a group for your organization. 
  2. If this is your first IDA conference, please select if you would like to be matched with a mentor. If you’d like to sign up to be a mentor and share your IDA wisdom, you may also do that on this screen. Press the “Next” buttonDuring the registration process, do not hit the back button on your browser. It may partially or fully reset your registration. Use the buttons on the registration screen for “Next” or “Previous.” 
  3. Press the “Checkout” button to advance to the payment page to complete your registration. 

 

To Register Someone Else for the IDA Annual Conference: To register another staff or board member or multiple staff and board members, you will need to be the Primary Contact, Secondary Contact or Account Administrator. If your account does not have a Secondary Contact or Account Administrator assigned, and you would like to add those designations for your staff, the Primary Contact should notify IDA before proceeding. If you are not an IDA member and you have created a new user account, please contact IDA to have your profile setup as one of the three authorized user types. Only then will you be able to register another staff member or a group for the conference.  

To establish your authorization to register others, please contact the Membership Department at (202) 393-6801 or via email (registration@ email)Once you have been established as an authorized user you will use the following instructions: 

  1. Once you are logged in, you will see a screen with a choice of who you are purchasing for (yourself or group registration for your organization). Select the group registration button whether you are registering one other individual or multiple staff or board from your organization. 
  2. Click the “Register an Attendee” button. Type the name of the first attendee in the “Attendee” field. Once the name of the person you want to register has populated in the field, you will be prompted to select if that individual wants a mentor (if it’s their first IDA conference) or be a mentor (and share their IDA wisdom). Make the necessary selections and click “Add. 
  3. You will have the option of registering another attendee (repeat step above) or, if you are only registering one person, press the “Next” button. If registering multiple people, the screen will show the names of everyone you have selected to register for the event. If the information looks correct, press the “Next” button to proceed. During the registration process, do not hit the back button on your browser. It may partially or fully reset your registration. Use the buttons on the registration screen for “Next” or “Previous.”  
  4. If everything is correct, press the “Checkout” button to advance to the payment page to complete your registration. 

To begin the registration process, click here.

 

Who attends the IDA conference? IDA conferences are designed to meet the needs of professional place managers from downtown organizations, city agencies, municipalities and private-sector companies. Content is designed for every level of the profession, from executives to associates. 

What is the cancellation policy? Written notice of cancellation is required. Cancellations received via email by September 17, 2020 will receive a refund less a $50 processing fee. Refunds will be processed approximately 30 days after the event. Cancellations received after September 17, 2020 will not be refunded. IDA regrets that refunds will not be given for no-shows. Please email the cancellation notification to the International Downtown Association by emailing at registration@downtown.org. 

This is my first IDA conference. Can I get a mentor? We have designed a program to match you with a mentor prior to attending the IDA’s 66th Annual Conference & Marketplace. You will be notified via email by your mentor to set up a time to meet on the virtual conference platform a week before the event. Sign up by checking the box “Match me with a Mentor” during registration. Interested in sharing your IDA wisdom and being a mentor? Check the box “I Want to Be a Mentor” during registration

Questions? Email registration@downtown.org. 

If you are a consultant or corporate representative, please contact Tracie Clemmer about mentor opportunities. 

The Annual Conference & Marketplace of the International Downtown Association is the signature gathering of inspired leaders who are shaping cities around the globe. This is the premier event for urban place management professionals to discuss industry trends, share best practices and learn the latest tips of the trade.  

2019 by the numbers:950+ attendees, 10 Master Talks36 breakout sessions, 35 diverse and exciting sponsors and exhibitors offering services to enhance cities and help your profession. Attendees came from South Africa, Japan, New Zealand, Germany, Ireland, England, Sweden and throughout North America, with a contingent of more than 120 from Canada alone. 

What we heard at #IDABALT19: 

“The IDA Conference is an outstanding opportunity to gain expert knowledge and learn from other communities. It is a ‘must-attend’ event for all urban management professionals interested in how to ensure a bright future for our ever-growing cities.” 

“This conference was educating, refreshing and inspiring to see the work that’s being done in cities around the world. I encourage staff at varying levels to attend and share what you learned with your colleagues and create a plan of action to produce measurable change in your community.” 

“Once again, IDA has brought together the innovators that breathe life and excitement into our downtowns.” 

“If your organization is dealing with an issue, IDA conferences are the way to meet directly with a person who has successfully dealt with that issue.” 

Members of the media interested in attending the IDA Annual Conference & Marketplace are welcome during the event’s Master Talks and breakout sessions. RSVPs for credentialed media are required for programsTo obtain credentials, please contact Allison Shashok, Director of Membership & Marketingat allison@downtown.org. Please identify your outlet and contact information. 

For decades, urban place management professionals have acted as leaders of their communities by undertaking the strategic and visionary work of city building. IDA has developed seven official knowledge domains, recognizing the distinct areas of professional practice used to shape vibrant urban districts which anchor the well-being of towns, cities, and regions around the world. Content for IDA’s Annual Conference is organized around this framework. For more information about each domain, visit the Career Center. 

Preview the schedule-at-a-glance below. All sessions and speakers will be listed in the schedule as the information is available. To see the full description, click on the down arrow next to the title. Times listed below for the virtual conference are in Eastern Daylight TimeNote, this preliminary program is subject to change. 

Conference Program

 
 
  • Tuesday 06 Oct 2020
  • Wednesday 07 Oct 2020
  • Thursday 08 Oct 2020

Tuesday 06 Oct 2020

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Description:
  • IDA Master Talks present the industry's most engaging and innovative speakers.
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Description:
  • Meet up with other conference attendees one on one, schedule group gatherings or recharge between sessions. Renew friendships  and expand your network of like-minded professionals!
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Description:
  • No time to reinvent the wheel? Then check out the 2020 Downtown Achievement Awards! The International Downtown Association recognizes outstanding projects through the Downtown Achievement Awards which identify improvements to urban centers by dedicated organizations around the globe. These innovative projects set the new standard for improving cities worldwide. Visit IDA’s Virtual Marketplace to learn more about winning projects from IDA’s 2020 Downtown Achievement Awards sponsored by Grow with Google.
program-list
Description:
  • The private sector provides you with a wealth of information and solutions to your challenging issues. These topical discussions will help you learn from those with years of experience working with a variety of clients.
Companies offering a Service Advisory:
  • Cube84
  • Geocentric
  • Stantec
program-list
Description:
  • No time to reinvent the wheel? Then check out the 2020 Downtown Achievement Awards! The International Downtown Association recognizes outstanding projects through the Downtown Achievement Awards which identify improvements to urban centers by dedicated organizations around the globe. These innovative projects set the new standard for improving cities worldwide. Visit IDA’s Virtual Marketplace to learn more about winning projects from IDA’s 2020 Downtown Achievement Awards sponsored by Grow with Google.
program-list
Description:
  • The private sector provides you with a wealth of information and solutions to your challenging issues. These topical discussions will help you learn from those with years of experience working with a variety of clients. 
Companies offering a Service Advisory:
  • Cube84
  • Geocentric
  • Stantec

Wednesday 07 Oct 2020

program-list
Description:
  • IDA Master Talks present the industry's most engaging and innovative speakers.
program-list
Description:
  • Meet up with other conference attendees one on one, schedule group gatherings or recharge between sessions. Renew friendships  and expand your network of like-minded professionals!
program-list
Description:
  • The private sector provides you with a wealth of information and solutions to your challenging issues. These topical discussions will help you learn from those with years of experience working with a variety of clients. 
Companies offering a Service Advisory:
  • Cube84
  • Geocentric
  • Stantec
program-list
Description:
  • The private sector provides you with a wealth of information and solutions to your challenging issues. These topical discussions will help you learn from those with years of experience working with a variety of clients. 
Companies offering a Service Advisory:
  • Cube84
  • Geocentric
  • Stantec
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Description:
  • The Marketplace provides an interactive environment for city leaders to learn about innovative products, new services and community programs. Attendees will be able to chat with industry-specific providers, setup meetings to learn more about a solution (invite your team), take a demo and fill your toolbox with case studies, tip sheets, best practices and more! Time is set aside in the agenda for you to explore the Marketplace so start preparing your RFPs.
A glimpse of the Marketplace:
  • Grow with Google, GrowthZone, Desert Planters, Geocentric, Landscape Forms, BannerSaver, Creos, Stantec and Cube84
program-list
Description:
  • The private sector provides you with a wealth of information and solutions to your challenging issues. These topical discussions will help you learn from those with years of experience working with a variety of clients. 
Companies offering a Service Advisory:
  • Cube84
  • Geocentric
  • Stantec
program-list
Description:
  • The private sector provides you with a wealth of information and solutions to your challenging issues. These topical discussions will help you learn from those with years of experience working with a variety of clients. 
Companies offering a Service Advisory:
  • Cube84
  • Geocentric
  • Stantec
program-list

Description:
  • The Marketplace provides an interactive environment for city leaders to learn about innovative products, new services and community programs. Attendees will be able to chat with industry-specific providers, setup meetings to learn more about a solution (invite your team), take a demo and fill your toolbox with case studies, tip sheets, best practices and more! Time is set aside in the agenda for you to explore the Marketplace so start preparing your RFPs.
A glimpse of the Marketplace:
  • Grow with Google, GrowthZone, Desert Planters, Geocentric, Landscape Forms, BannerSaver, Creos, Stantec and Cube84
program-list
Description:
  • The private sector provides you with a wealth of information and solutions to your challenging issues. These topical discussions will help you learn from those with years of experience working with a variety of clients. 
Companies offering a Service Advisory:
  • Cube84
  • Geocentric
  • Stantec
program-list
Description:
  • The private sector provides you with a wealth of information and solutions to your challenging issues. These topical discussions will help you learn from those with years of experience working with a variety of clients. 
Companies offering a Service Advisory:
  • Cube84
  • Geocentric
  • Stantec
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Description:
  • Enjoy some fun at the end of the day with our friends at MIG. You’ll learn how to make a specialty cocktail from a mixer extraordinaire, then sip your drink in small groups. After greetings and conversation, you’ll learn how to make another beverage and go into a different small group for more mingling! Be on the lookout for your ingredient list.
Sponsor:
  • Cocktails & Mocktails Reception sponsored by MIG

Thursday 08 Oct 2020

program-list
Description:
  • IDA Master Talks present the industry's most engaging and innovative speakers.
program-list
Description:
  • Meet up with other conference attendees one on one, schedule group gatherings or recharge between sessions. Renew friendships  and expand your network of like-minded professionals!
program-list
Description:
  • The private sector provides you with a wealth of information and solutions to your challenging issues. These topical discussions will help you learn from those with years of experience working with a variety of clients. 
Companies offering a Service Advisory:
  • Cube84
  • Geocentric
  • Stantec
program-list
Description:
  • The private sector provides you with a wealth of information and solutions to your challenging issues. These topical discussions will help you learn from those with years of experience working with a variety of clients. 
Companies offering a Service Advisory:
  • Cube84
  • Geocentric
  • Stantec,
program-list

Description:
  • The Marketplace provides an interactive environment for city leaders to learn about innovative products, new services and community programs. Attendees will be able to chat with industry-specific providers, setup meetings to learn more about a solution (invite your team), take a demo and fill your toolbox with case studies, tip sheets, best practices and more! Time is set aside in the agenda for you to explore the Marketplace so start preparing your RFPs.
A glimpse of the Marketplace:
  • Grow with Google, GrowthZone, Desert Planters, Geocentric, Landscape Forms, BannerSaver, Creos, Stantec and Cube84
program-list
Description:
  • The private sector provides you with a wealth of information and solutions to your challenging issues. These topical discussions will help you learn from those with years of experience working with a variety of clients. 
Companies offering a Service Advisory:
  • Cube84
  • Geocentric
  • Stantec
program-list
Description:
  • The private sector provides you with a wealth of information and solutions to your challenging issues. These topical discussions will help you learn from those with years of experience working with a variety of clients. 
Companies offering a Service Advisory:
  • Cube84
  • Geocentric
  • Stantec
program-list

Description:
  • The Marketplace provides an interactive environment for city leaders to learn about innovative products, new services and community programs. Attendees will be able to chat with industry-specific providers, setup meetings to learn more about a solution (invite your team), take a demo and fill your toolbox with case studies, tip sheets, best practices and more! Time is set aside in the agenda for you to explore the Marketplace so start preparing your RFPs.
A glimpse of the Marketplace:
  • Grow with Google, GrowthZone, Desert Planters, Geocentric, Landscape Forms, BannerSaver, Creos, Stantec and Cube84
program-list
Description:
  • The private sector provides you with a wealth of information and solutions to your challenging issues. These topical discussions will help you learn from those with years of experience working with a variety of clients. 
Companies offering a Service Advisory:
  • Cube84
  • Geocentric
  • Stantec
program-list
Description:
  • The private sector provides you with a wealth of information and solutions to your challenging issues. These topical discussions will help you learn from those with years of experience working with a variety of clients. 
Companies offering a Service Advisory:
  • Cube84
  • Geocentric
  • Stantec
program-list
Description:
  • You are invited to join IDA and Tampa Downtown Partnership in closing out the 2020 Annual Conference & Marketplace with a celebration featuring a sneak peek of the 2021 conference location.

Sponsors

Thought Leaders Circle

Presenting Awards Partner

City Builders

Place Enhancers

Exhibitors

Fill your toolbox with private sector tips and product demos. Please plan to spend time visiting each exhibitor and enjoy a sneak peek of the companies participating.

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Interested in Sponsoring? 

Gain access to an audience of urban leaders from around the country who want to learn about your product or service. 
 

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Interested in Hosting? 

If you are interested in hosting a future event, contact Carolyn Dellutri, IDA Director of Professional Development. 
 

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Questions?

For assistance or further information, please contact the IDA registration team. 
 

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