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2020 University & College Town Summit

Join IDA and Iowa City Downtown District for the 2020 University & College Town Summit, April 1-3, 2020 in Iowa City, Iowa to share strategies, build partnerships and find inspiration. This summit focuses on the unique downtowns that host colleges and universities as the backdrop to their urban spaces.

Designated a UNESCO City of Literature, Iowa City is home to the University of Iowa and the best new tradition in college sports: “The Wave.” Downtown Iowa City, adjacent to the UI’s central “Pentacrest” landmark campus, showcases historic buildings in juxtaposition to contemporary architecture hosting a wide variety of independent, locally-owned boutiques, shops, and some of the very best in dining and entertainment.

The Iowa City Downtown District serves the downtown and Northside neighborhoods and is closely aligned with the University of Iowa. Membership of the ICDD is comprised of all the roughly 150 property owners, businesses and organizations that are located within these neighborhoods and the University. Members contribute to the ICDD through the SSMID levy or through a direct contribution. The ICDD provides a leadership directive that advocates for the District mission and serves as a mechanism to more efficiently implement District-wide marketing, programs, events, and projects that support vitality for the benefit of all the businesses within it, the University of Iowa, community members, and the region at large.

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Dave Davis

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Dr. Brent Gage

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Bruce Harreld

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Andre Perry

Conference Details

The 2020 University & College Town Summit will be held at the Graduate Iowa City hotel at 210 South Dubuque Street, Iowa City, Iowa 52240 and at various locations throughout downtown Iowa City.

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Registration is now open for the 2020 University & College Town Summit. In order to register for the summit, you need to either have an account in IDA’s new 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 account for the first time in the new system, please visit the Downtown.org Guide.

  • Early Bird Rate: $200 until Wednesday, February 19, 2020
  • Regular Rate: $225 until Wednesday, March 25, 2020
  • On-site Registration Rate: $250 available onsite April 1-3, 2020

All prices above are in USD.

  • IDA is offering a Student Rate of $50 USD for the 2020 University & College Town Summit. If you are currently a student at a university or a college, email registration@downtown.org for assistance in registering to attend the Summit at this special rate. Please include a copy of your valid student ID card. Note, IDA does not cover travel or lodging expenses.

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Cancellation Policy: Written notice of cancellation is required. Cancellations received via email by March 11, 2020 will receive a refund less a $100 processing fee. Cancellations received via email after March 11, 2020 will not be refunded. Refunds will be processed approximately 30 days after the event. Please email the cancellation notification to the International Downtown Association by emailing at registration@downtown.org.

Adding a Pre-Conference Tour: Please note, the pre-conference tours sell out quickly. Therefore, it is advisable to add these items at the time of your registration. If you are registering for someone else or a group, please find out their selection prior to registering them. Although each person within the group can purchase a tour after they have been registered, they run the risk of the tour no longer being available. If a tour is sold out, you can be waitlisted by contacting the registration department at registration@downtown.org.

The Graduate Iowa City, located at 210 South Dubuque Street, is offering a rate of $99USD/night plus tax for a standard room for UCTS20 attendees. Please book your room by Wednesday, March 4, 2020 online. Self-parking is available for $14 + tax. Valet parking is available for $20 + tax for hotel guests.

Graduate Iowa City
Located in heart of downtown Iowa City, the Graduate Iowa City hotel is perched on the Ped Mall, just a few blocks from campus and across the river from Kinnick Stadium.

Don’t be Scammed by Third Party Housing Companies
The official hotel and overflow properties (if applicable) are listed above. Please beware of other companies soliciting hotel room “deals” over the dates of the event. Third party housing companies typically offer a higher rate than the official block rate. These company’s cancellation polices are often harsh and unforgiving. IDA is not working with any third parties to offer attendees accommodations! If you receive a solicitation and are unsure whether or not it is legitimate, please contact Lul Teklit at lul@downtown.org.

Preview the schedule-at-a-glance below (program is subject to change). To see the full description, click on the down arrow next to the title. The program will be updated in the coming weeks.

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 forums, summits and conference is organized around this framework. For more information about each domain, visit the Career Center.

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Conference Program

 
 
  • Wednesday 01 Apr 2020
  • Thursday 02 Apr 2020
  • Friday 03 Apr 2020

Wednesday 01 Apr 2020

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Price:
  • $50
Meeting Location:
  • Graduate Iowa City, Hotel Lobby, 210 South Dubuque Street, Iowa City, Iowa 52240
Domain:
  • TBD
Description:
  • Downtowns and urban areas are often the epicenter for employment, shopping and entertainment – where humans interact and connect. Similarly, they are often areas where multiple jurisdictions converge. So, when the water main breaks, when flash floods materialize, when an individual is experiencing crisis on a busy street corner, or heaven forbid dealing with an active shooter, how does your organization work with others to respond in real time? This pre-conference workshop will include panels on real-world scenarios, response and lessons learned as well as a hands-on workshop that will offer clear and dynamic strategies for working together as they reflect on issues of calamity and crisis that can happen in any city. Attendees will leave these sessions with a framework for your own crisis communications strategy.
Moderator:
  • Eileen Wixted, Wixted & Co., Crisis Management Consultation
Speakers:
  • Aaron Nelson, President & CEO, The Chamber for a Greater Chapel Hill
  • John Caner, CEO, Downtown Berkeley Association
  • Justine Hollingshead, Chief of Staff Dean of Students NC State
  • Officer David Schwindt, Iowa City Police Department
  • Crissy Cangenelli, Executive Director, Shelter House
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Price:
  • $25
Meeting Location:
  • Meeting Location: Graduate Iowa City, Hotel Lobby, 210 South Dubuque Street, Iowa City, Iowa 52240
Domain:
  • TBA
Description:
  • The Pedestrian Malls implemented across the United States around the mid 20th century were designed to spur urban renewal in downtown areas. Since then many communities have viewed this form of urban renewal as a failure and have either dismantled their pedestrian mall spaces completely or returned portions back to street front property. Learn the story of Iowa City, their continued investment in their pedestrian mall space, and what makes it a success to this day. *This tour includes walking; please plan accordingly.
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Location:
  • Gene’s Restaurant at Graduate Iowa City, 210 South Dubuque Street, Iowa City, Iowa 52240
  • Named for notable Iowa alum, Gene Wilder, Gene’s Restaurant celebrates the actor’s most memorable (and hilarious) decade — the 1970s. Right on the Ped Mall, this rocking indoor-outdoor bar features the era’s signature décor with stained glass lamps, lots of knotty pine, macramé and a beaded curtain for good measure. IDA and local hosts welcome you to Downtown Iowa City and the University of Iowa!
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Price:
  • $60 (ticket required)
Meeting Location:
  • Gene’s Restaurant at Graduate Iowa City, 210 South Dubuque Street, Iowa City, Iowa 52240
Description:
  • St. Burch Tavern: Aspiring counterpart of the timeless taverns and supper clubs immortalized by the brilliant men and women who gathered together under their hospitable roofs! A glance at the mementos covering the walls reveals the tavern’s kinship with the town and University. St. Burch aims to attract people who appreciate the best of food served in cordial surroundings. Today, this tavern flourishes without sacrifice of dignity and old-fashioned ideals. It bids its guests relax and refresh themselves within its friendly confines.
  • Iowa Chop House: A country-chic eatery with farm-to-table sourced ingredients. Featuring one of the only self-pouring beer systems in the state, a fun and interactive way to sample and taste some of Iowa’s best beers. All extensive inventory of wines are also available.
  • The Vue Rooftop: Vue Rooftop, located on the 12th floor of the Hilton Garden Inn Iowa City, features a distinctly modern escape filled with a unique outdoor design. Enjoy a memorable experience with food, music, and fantastic views of the Iowa City skyline.

Thursday 02 Apr 2020

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Location:
  • Graduate Iowa City, Wayne Ballroom AB Pre-function Space
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Location:
  • Location: Graduate Iowa City, Wayne Ballroom AB Pre-function Space
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Location:
  • Graduate Iowa City, Wayne Ballroom AB
Master Talk A - Culture, Community, and Meaning :
  • Andre Perry, Co-Founder Mission Creek Festival, Executive Director of the Englert Theater, Author, Some of us are Hungry Now
Master Talk B - The Disappearing College Grad & Its Implications :
  • Dr. Brent Gage, Associate VP for Enrollment Management, University of Iowa
Master Talk C - Town/Gown Inspiration :
  • Dave Davis, Executive Director, Neighborhood and Community Relations, Northwestern University
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Location:
  • IC CoLab @ MERGE, 136 South Dubuque Street
Domain:
  • TBA
Description:
  • As America approaches a majority-minority tipping point, despite decades of broad societal commitment to diversity and inclusivity, economic equity continues to be an elusive goal. In an era in which North America’s economy races toward greater reliance on creative and knowledge industries for growth, generational poverty and growing income disparities represent intractable challenges. Downtown management organizations and universities are both committed to expanding equity. What tangible steps can we take to build on our commitment to diversity and inclusion to do a better job of making economic equity a reality?
Speakers:
  • Jamillah Jordan, MIG
  • David Dixon, FAIA, Vice President, Urban Places Planning and Urban Design Leader, Stantec’s Urban Places
  • Stefanie Bowers, Equity Director, City of Iowa City
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Location:
  • Iowa City Public Library, 123 South Linn Street
Domain:
  • TBA
Description:
  • Panelists will share their respective success stories and lessons learned in Oregon, Arizona and Alabama. Hear about the successes and challenges of managing 19,000 public and private parking spaces as part of one system in a high growth and high-density area alongside Arizona State University. Explore a commute management platform’s exciting pilot program with a university in Portland that is helping reduce commuter demand for campus parking and congestion on local streets. And learn about a citywide bikeshare program in partnership with the City of Auburn.
Moderator:
  • Tom Yardley, Principal of Urban Places Mobility
Speakers:
  • Don Andrae, Director of Transportation Services, Auburn University
  • Kelly Hostetler, Corporate Affairs & Marketing, Luum
  • Adam Jones, Downtown Tempe Authority
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Location:
  • Graduate Iowa City, Wayne Ballroom AB 
Domain:
  • TBA
Description:
  • How strong are the partnerships between your place management organization -or your BID -to your university and hospital stakeholders?  Academic medical centers play an extremely important role contributing to the overall health of place management organizations, as well as, to the overall health of the business district community. This session focuses on the importance of strong partnerships and collaboration between the medical and educational institutions and Business Improvement Districts and how you can get there. The session will showcase two success stories from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and from Iowa City, Iowa.
Speakers:
  • Georgia Petropoulos, Executive Director, Oakland Business Improvement District
  • Dr, John M. Wilds, former Assistant Vice Chancellor for Community Relations, University of Pittsburgh
  • Margaret Bell, Vice-President, Corporate Real Estate, UPMC
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Location:
  • IC CoLab @ MERGE, 136 South Dubuque Street
Domain:
  • TBA
Description:
  • Bedeviled by the seasonality of student and faculty transitions in your district? Hear panelists address retail trends in college / university towns and get perspective from an independent retailer as to how industry disruption affects today’s business climate. Can districts expand their appeal to both students as well as the broader community? And what are tools to success for keeping college districts active year-round? Come join the conversation share your strategy.
Speakers:
  • Michael Berne, MJB Consulting (New York City, NY and Berkeley, CA)
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Location:
  • Iowa City Public Library, 123 South Linn Street
Domain:
  • TBA
Description:
  • Does your college downtown seem to thrive more on football Saturdays, basketball game nights or other athletics-driven days than on non-gamedays? If so, this panel will offer clear and dynamic strategies for creative placemaking and crowd excitement for your non-gameday programming. While we'll always love our gamedays, they often represent just a small number of overall experiences throughout the year.
Moderator:
  • Chad Emerson, President & CEO, Downtown Huntsville, Inc.
Speakers:
  • Julie Cianfarano Kent, Director of Placemaking, Downtown Tempe Authority
  • Betsy Potter, Director of Operations, Iowa City Downtown District
  • Chip, CEO, Downtown Boulder Partnership
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Location:
  • Midwest One Bank, 102 South Clinton Street
Domain:
  • TBA
Description:
  • It goes without saying that downtown districts in college urban areas likely have a heavy lift with a night time economy. With growing residential populations, large student populations, new ride share options, increased threat levels and new entertainment concepts, the challenges keep shifting in the nighttime world. Hear from four different college downtowns regarding their approach to late night management and take some ideas back to your entertainment district.
Moderator:
  • Kate Borders, President, Downtown Tempe Authority
Speakers:
  • Jason Ilstrup, President, Downtown Madison Inc
  • Dominique Greco, Nighttime Economy Manager, Downtown Development Board
  • Joe Reilly, Night Mayor, Downtown Iowa City
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Location:
  • University Capitol Centre, Room #2390, 201 South Clinton Street
Domain:
  • TBA
Description:
  • Across North America, downtowns, colleges and universities are finding increasing common ground and shared interests. College and university communities can contribute critical vitality to downtowns —enhancing their ability to attract residents, jobs and investment. At the same time, proximity to a vibrant downtown represents a potent tool for attracting students, faculty, staff and researchers…and research dollars to colleges, universities and host communities. Cities and institutions can also partner to implement a downtown plan. Cities can introduce bold new zoning and incentive programs to invigorate downtown streets while institutions can launch critical catalyst projects. Downtowns thrive as a shared city and institutional resource yet there is very little literature about how cities, downtown stakeholders, and colleges and universities can best collaborate to shape the future of downtown. No one is better place than IDA and its college and university partners to begin writing this literature. Let’s start the process!
Speakers:
  • David Dixon, FAIA, Vice President, Urban Places Planning and Urban Design Leader, Stantec’s Urban Places (Boston, MA)
  • Geoff Fruin, City Manager, Iowa City (Iowa City, IA)
  • Stuart Sirota, Director of Planning, University of Baltimore (Baltimore, MD)
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Location:
  • FilmScene at The Chauncey, 404 East College Street, Suite 100
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Location:
  • Englert Theatre
Description:
  • Mission Creek Festival is an intimate festival experience in downtown Iowa City focusing on music and literature. Thriving on immediacy and cross-medium experiences, we turn music lovers onto new lit, writers onto new music, and expand everyone’s appreciation of arts, community, and culture. We embrace live performance, literary arts, and radical community happenings. We are the music festival with deep literary roots, the literary gathering with music and other happenings tucked around the edges, and the cultural experience that rivets both locals and visitors. The festival is presented and produced by The Englert Theatre, Iowa City’s 107-year-old historic theater and performing arts organization. Note, this event is ticketed directly through Mission Creek Festival not through IDA.

Friday 03 Apr 2020

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Location:
  • Graduate Iowa City, Wayne Ballroom AB
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Meeting Location:
  • TBA
Description:
  • TBA
Tour Guide:
  • Josh Rechkemmer, Architect, Neumann Monson
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Location:
  • IC CoLab @ MERGE, 136 South Dubuque Street
Description:
  • Enjoy a fast paced lighting round of story-telling from a variety of some of the best success stories of the year from 10 IDA members.  Help us with a live vote for your pick to reign supreme as we close out the summit for 2020 and hear from our host and IDA plans for the coming year.
Presenter :
  • Jeff Murison, President & CEO, Hillsborough Street Community Service Corporation (Raleigh, NC)

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