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68th Annual Conference & Marketplace

The International Downtown Association and co-host Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association will proudly present the 68th Annual Conference & Marketplace in Vancouver, Canada, on September 21-23, 2022.

As challenging as the last two years have been, there is no doubt that space has been created for change. Come together this fall to strategize building the communities of tomorrow by focusing on a post-COVID approach to city building. Over 950 inspired leaders shaping cities from around the globe will convene to collectively shift the focus from resiliency to reinvention and walk away with solutions to apply in their respective cities.

The 2022 conference, themed Reinventing: The Communities of Tomorrow, will re-examine what it means to be a vibrant inclusive community in this new reality while delving into opportunities for transit, tech hubs, tourism, retail corridors, entertainment districts, sustainability, and public safety initiatives. And all while doing so with a vision of what can be.

As important as it is to discover ways to reinvent our cities, it is equally valuable to enjoy the here and now. Attendees will get to know Vancouver, many of its 23 neighbourhoods and the surrounding area. Come ready to experience electric buses, bike lanes, “green” buildings and Vancouver’s obsession with recycling. See you in September! DVBIA cannot wait for you to enjoy this stunning city that they proudly call home.

Master Talks

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Stephanie Allen

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Guillermo Bernal

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Ginger Gosnell-Myers 

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Kassandra Linklater  

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Mayor Sandra Masters

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Ojay McDonald

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Shelonda Stokes 

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Brent Toderian 

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Ebony Walton

Conference Details

The 2022 Annual Conference & Marketplace will be held at the Hyatt Regency Vancouver Hotel located at 655 Burrard Street, Vancouver, BC V6C 2R7, Canada and at various other locations throughout downtown Vancouver. 

Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association (DVBIA) supports, promotes and represents the shared interests of 7,000 businesses and property owners in the central 90-block area of Vancouver’s downtown core, operating strategically at the intersection of downtown businesses, local policy-makers, non-profit organizations and all the people who make up Vancouver’s diverse neighbourhood communities.  

The 2022 Annual Conference & Marketplace acknowledges that the land on which we (will) gather and learn for the 2022 IDA Conference in Vancouver is on traditional and unceded territory of the Coast Salish peoples–Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), Stó:lō and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Nations, many of whom continue to live and work here today. 

In need of some travel inspo? Craving some late-night tacos? Need a caffeine kick? Check out the “Where to Explore” directory and interactive map for all things Downtown Van.

If you are coming early or staying after the conference, please visit Destination Vancouver’s website for resources to plan your stay.

Online registration for the 68th Annual Conference & Marketplace is now closed. Please register on-site at the Hyatt Regency Vancouver Hotel located at 655 Burrard Street, Vancouver, BC V6C 2R7, Canada during the following times:

  • Tuesday, September 20, 2022 |  2:00pm – 6:00pm PT (Lobby Level)
  • Wednesday, September 21, 2022 | 7:30am – 5:30pm PT (Third Floor Atrium)
  • Thursday, September 22, 2022 | 7:30am – 5:30pm PT (Third Floor Atrium)
  • Friday, September 23, 2022 | 7:30am – 3:30pm PT (Third Floor Atrium)

Current on-site registration prices are:

  • IDA Member Price (U.S./Canada/International): $975 | $780 | $700
  • Nonmember Price (U.S./Canada/International): $1,175 | $960 | $880
  • One-Day Only Price (Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday): $475
  • Partner / Spouse Price: $300

All prices listed above are in USD.

IDA places the highest priority on the health and safety of our members, partners and colleagues. We are monitoring information from the British Columbia Provincial Health Officer (PHO), British Columbia Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Government of Canada, and will maintain consistent communications regarding the conference protocols. As the economy reopens, and guidelines change, updates will be reflected on this webpage. By registering you are agreeing to IDA’s Event Agreement and Code of Conduct, IDA Guidance and Best Practices and IDA Attendee Assumption of Risk, Waiver and Release Form.

We would like to make the registration process for the 68th Annual Conference & Marketplace go as smoothly as possible. In order to register for the conference, you need to either have an account in IDA’s database or you must create one. If you previously registered for an event, you should have an account in the database. For instructions on logging in to your IDA account, please visit the Downtown.org Guide.

The full registration fee includes Plenary Sessions with Master Talks, Breakout Sessions, admission to Marketplace, receptions (2), refreshment breaks (4), and lunches (2). Pre-conference workshops and tours are available for an additional fee. Advance registration is not required for general or breakout sessions, service advisories or Lunch & Learns. 

The daily registration fee includes access to one day of Plenary Sessions with Master Talks, Breakout Sessions, admission to the Marketplace, refreshment breaks (2), lunch and/or reception scheduled for the day of your attendance. Tours on the day of your attendance are available for an additional fee. Daily registrants are not eligible to attend activities outside their selected day. Daily registration fee is available for one single day only. Should you choose to attend more than one day, you must purchase a full registration. *Currently, daily rates are not available in the online registration system. If you are interested in registering for one-day only (Wednesday, Thursday or Friday), please contact IDA at registration@downtown.org for assistance. 

The partner/spouse fee includes receptions (2) and lunches (2). Tours are available for an additional fee for registered partner/spouses. The partner/spouse fee does not include session attendance. *Currently, partner/spouse rates are not available in the online registration system. If you are interested in registering your partner or spouse, please contact IDA at registration@downtown.org for assistance.

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 Friday, August 31, 2022 will receive a refund less a $100 processing fee. Refunds will be processed approximately 30 days after the event. Cancellations received after August 31, 2022. will not be refunded. Please email the cancellation notification to the International Downtown Association by emailing at registration@downtown.org.

Substitutions: Substitutions of complete registrations (including tours and workshops) are gladly accepted prior to the event start date. Please submit a written request to registration@downtown.org before September 20, 2022 at 3 pm ET to complete your substitution. Only one substitution is permitted per original registrant and must be transferred to an individual in your organization. The individual submitting the substitution request is responsible for all financial obligations (any balance due) associated with that substitution.

Canadian Travel Information:  The Government of Canada Travel page includes information such as current testing and quarantine requirements, checklist for entry, and travelling within Canada. Please click here for more information. 

Adding a Pre-Conference Tour, Pre-conference Workshop or Mobile Tour: Please note, the pre-conference tours and mobile workshops sellout quickly and are booked on a first come, first served basis. Therefore, it is advisable to add these items at the time of your conference 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 or workshop after they have been registered, they run the risk of the tour or workshop no longer being available.

If you have already registered for the conference and would like to add a workshop or tour, you can add it directly from your individual profile. Please note, authorized users cannot log back in to add a tour to someone else’s event registration. You must be logged in as the individual wishing to purchase the tour. After logging in, click on the “Purchases” tab. On the left-hand side will be an option for “Events.” From there, you should have listed the Annual Conference & Marketplace; click on the “Details” button next to that listing. Once you are on your registration profile, there is an “Add Session” button on the right-hand side. This will allow you to add other options to your cart and check out the same way you registered.

Pre-Conference Tour, Preconference Workshop or Mobile Tour Cancellation: Tours may be canceled without penalty prior to August 31, 2022. After August 31, 2022, no refunds will be given on pre-conference tours, pre-conference workshops or mobile workshops. If you are planning to cancel your tour or workshop, please email registration@downtown.org.

Membership: Not already a member of IDA? Register at the member rate by joining today! Contact Rebecca Bishophall to complete enrollment.

Group Pricing: Groups of four or more individuals from the same organization receive an additional 10% off their group registration. Each person being registered within a group must be from the same organization or company to qualify for the group pricing. The registration system will automatically apply the savings during the group registration process. NOTE: A minimum of four individuals must be registered at the same time. If less than four register, you CANNOT register the fourth person at a later date to receive the group pricing. This group pricing only applies to full conference registrants and does not include tour or mobile workshops.

The official conference accommodations will be at the Hyatt Regency Vancouver Hotel located at 655 Burrard Street, Vancouver, BC V6C 2R7, Canada. The host hotel, Hyatt Regency Vancouver Hotel, is sold out. The secondary hotels, Holiday Inn & Suites Vancouver Downtown Hotel and Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, are also both currently sold out. The deadline has passed for the special room rate at Century Plaza Hotel.

Please call the hotels listed above to confirm if a room is available under the IDA room block as there could be cancellations.

About the Hyatt Regency Vancouver Hotel 

Located in the heart of downtown, Hyatt Regency Vancouver is the perfect location. Guests will enjoy easy access to exciting attractions, like the unique shops of Robson Street and Stanley Park. From the moment you arrive, you will feel right at home. The Hyatt Regency Vancouver Hotel is located at 655 Burrard St, Vancouver, BC V6C 2R7, Canada. 

About the Holiday Inn & Suites Vancouver Downtown Hotel

The Holiday Inn & Suites Vancouver Downtown Hotel is located at 1110 Howe Street, Vancouver, BC V6Z 1R2, Canada.

About the Hyatt Regency Vancouver Hotel 

The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver is located at 900 West Georgia Street, Vancouver, BC V6C 2W6, Canada.

About the Century Plaza Hotel

The Century Plaza Hotel is located at 1015 Burrard St, Vancouver, BC V6Z 1Y5, Canada.

 

Don’t be Scammed by Third Party Housing Companies 

The official hotel is listed above. Please beware of other companies soliciting hotel room “deals” over the dates of the 68th Annual Conference & Marketplace. Third party housing companies typically offer a higher rate than the official block rate. These company’s cancellation policies are often harsh and unforgiving. IDA is not working with any third parties to offer attendees accommodation! If you receive a solicitation and are unsure whether or not it is legitimate, please contact Lul Teklit at Lul@downtown.org.   

Take advantage of Air Canada’s special offer! Visit aircanada.com and use code “9N888ZH1” to receive a discount on flights into Vancouver, British Columbia (YVR). Our official airline partner, Air Canada, has extended this offer for travel between September 13 – October 1, 2022. A 10% savings will be applied on standard airfares and 15% on flex airfares and higher (not valid for Basic fares).  

Eligible Tickets: The discount is applied to the fare at the time that the travel ticket with Air Canada is purchased. The discount and the fare are subject to all applicable taxes and surcharges. A ticket is eligible for the discount provided it has been purchased on aircanada.com, and provided the promotion code has been applied at the time of purchase. Any ticket not purchased on aircanada.com for the purposes of travelling to the conference will not qualify for any discount. Only bookings made to the designated conference city (Vancouver International Airport (YVR) British Columbia) are eligible for the discount. Bookings originating in the conference city are not eligible. 

Should you have any questions or issues about your flight, please contact the airline directly at 1-888-247-2262 or click here. 

IDA is committed to making our educational sessions accessible to everyone, regardless of ability, and to reasonably accommodating the assistive needs of our members, attendees and partners. We are actively working to increase the accessibility of our offerings. In so doing, we strive to comply with the available standards and guidelines under the Americans with Disabilities Act and related laws to the greatest extent possible. If you are having trouble accessing an IDA offering, or have a question regarding session accessibility features, please contact IDA at registration@downtown.org for assistance. 

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.  

Where is the conference located? Hyatt Regency Vancouver Hotel located at 655 Burrard Street, Vancouver, BC V6C 2R7, Canada and at various other locations throughout downtown Vancouver. Select mobile tours and workshops will be held off-site; those location details will be noted in the program.  

Are meals included? For each full day of the conference (Thursday and Friday), a morning continental breakfast and lunch will be included. Dinners are not included, but IDA and Downtown Vancouver BIA will provide a locally curated list of dinner options. 

Is there a dress code? While there is not a specific dress code for the conference, most attendees choose to dress between business and business casual. Individual events (tours, receptions, etc.) throughout the conference may specify and require a certain dress code. Those events will be noted. 

This is my first IDA conference. Can I get a mentor? We have designed a program to match you with a mentor one month prior to attending the IDA Annual Conference & Marketplace in Vancouver. You will be notified via email by your mentor to set up a time to either talk on the phone or meet at the conference once you arrive in Vancouver. Sign up by checking the box “Match me with a Mentor” during registration. Questions? Email registration@downtown.org. 

Canadian Travel Information:  Government of Canada Travel page includes information such as return or travel to Canada, current testing and quarantine requirements, checklist for entry, and travelling within Canada. Please click here for more information. 

ArriveCAN App: ArriveCAN is free and secure and is the official Government of Canada platform to provide your information when entering Canada. You must use ArriveCAN to provide mandatory travel information before and after your entry into Canada. For more information including entry into Canada and how to use ArriveCAN, please click here 

*Be cautious of third party, fraudulent webpages and apps that may be posing as ArriveCAN and asking you for payment. If you encounter a suspicious webpage or app that appears to be posing as ArriveCAN, please file a report with the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre immediately. ArriveCAN is free and secure and is the official Government of Canada platform to provide your information when entering Canada. 

Travel Documents: Don’t forget your passport! To visit Canada, all travelers will need valid travel documents. From the U.S., make sure you know your state’s TSA requirements for air travel, and visit the U.S. Passport website for additional information. 

Currency: The primary currency in Vancouver is the Canadian dollar (CAD). Many Canadian businesses, though not all, will accept U.S. currency and travelers cheques. Major credit cards (Visa, Mastercard, American Express) are generally accepted by Canadian businesses. Be sure to ask your bank and/or credit card if they require you to add a travel notice before leaving for Vancouver. 

Cell Phone Use: Mobile phone coverage in Canada will vary depending on the type of phone you have, your service provider and your current plan. We suggest you contact your wireless service provider about international services and to determine if your phone is compatible with Canadian networks. Check their options for international calling, text and data which can typically be temporarily added to your account. To avoid high roaming charges, you may want to disable your phone’s automatic data/web connections before you arrive. Upon arrival into Canada, it is suggested to also restart your mobile device to ensure proper functionality. 

Is there parking? The Hyatt Regency Vancouver Hotel has self-parking. The cost for self-parking is CAD $41.66 inclusive of tax. 

How do I get to the hotel from the airport? Vancouver International Airport (YVR) is approximately 24 kilometers/15 miles south of the Hyatt Regency Vancouver hotel. Taxi flat rate from the airport to the hotel is a flat fare of CAD $35. Taxis to the airport from the hotel are at a metered rate, approximately CAD $35-45. Uber and Lyft fares are approximately CAD $30-40 one-way. The Canada Line is Vancouver’s rapid transit rail connecting YVR to downtown Vancouver in under 30 minutes. The hotel is approximately a 5-minute walk from the Vancouver City Centre station. You can access trains from both the International and Domestic Terminals. For more information, please visit the Canada Line websiteThe hotel does not currently provide shuttle services.  

What is the Show Your Badge Program? The “Show Your Badge Program” is open to conference attendees that show their registration name badge to participating Vancouver businesses to redeem value-add/discount offers. Click here to see participating businesses’ offers and take advantage while attending the 68th Annual Conference & Marketplace.  

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. 

What we heard:
“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.” 

Past Resources: 

IDA members can watch videos now from previous Master Talks by visiting the Knowledge Center. 

Members of the media interested in attending the IDA Annual Conference & Marketplace are welcome during the event’s Master Talks, breakout sessions and select mobile workshops. RSVPs for credentialed media are required for programs and tours. To obtain credentials, please contact Allison Shashok, Vice President of Membership, Marketing & Operations, at allison@downtown.org. Please identify your outlet and contact information. 

Media are responsible for arranging their own transportation and lodging during the conference. 

 

Get social! What questions will you come ready to ask? Share them on Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn using #IDAVAN22. Members can log in to IDEA Connection, IDA’s online virtual community to connect with peers, share best practices, and exchange ideas before meeting up in Vancouver. Learn more and log in here. 

Get connected! Download the free IDA Events Mobile App from the Google Play or Apple App Store before heading to Vancouver. Create your own personalized agenda, explore speaker bios, chat with other attendees, take surveys and learn about district enhancing products and services. To download the Mobile App, visit the Google Play or Apple App Store and search IDA Events or click the corresponding link below. 

Wherever possible, there has been an effort at this year’s Annual Conference & Marketplace to reduce the amount of paper. Thus, there will be no printed program available this year. IDA highly recommends you download the app before arriving on-site. When available, presentations will be placed on the event app and/or in IDA’s Knowledge Center after the event. Please help us minimize our “carbon footprint” by minimizing paper materials and waste.   

Once you have downloaded the IDA Events Mobile App, you will be prompted to enter your email address. Please enter the email address you used to register for the Annual Conference. No password is required. There will be free wi-fi on-site at the Hyatt Regency Vancouver Hotel for conference attendees so you can stay up-to-date with the program, exhibitors, sponsors and other attendees. 

Click here to read the launch email to learn about curating your personalized agenda, matchmake, chat with other attendees and post to the event feed. 

And don’t forget, you can win prizes (and bragging rights) as you rack up points on the app leaderboard for things like posting a photo, taking surveys, commenting on posts and more! 

By attending the 2022 Annual Conference & Marketplace, certified Leaders in Place Management will earn 12 credit hours toward the renewal of their LPM certification. Additional certification maintenance credits can be earned by attending qualifying pre-conference workshops during the conference. When credits are available for workshops, they are noted in the program. Please visit downtown.org/certification to learn more about becoming certified or recording continuing education units.

IDA is also an AICP credit provider. AICP members can earn Certification Maintenance (CM) credits for the Annual Conference sessions and workshops. When CM credits are available, they are noted in the program. IDA’s 2022 sessions provide an easy way for AICP-certified planners to earn their CM credits. For more information, please visit planning.org/cm.

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. 

IDA LPM professionals can earn credit hours for attending sessions and workshops during the 2022 Annual Conference & Marketplace. When LPM credits are available, they will be noted in the program. More information about IDA’s Leadership in Place Management certification program can be found here. 

IDA is an AICP credit provider. AICP members can earn Certification Maintenance (CM) credits for the IDA Annual Conference sessions and workshops. When CM credits are available, they will be noted in the program. IDA’s 2022 sessions provide an easy way for AICP certified planners to earn their CM credits. Learn more and submit credits on your own at planning.org/cm.  

Preview the agenda below. All sessions and speakers will be listed in the schedule as the information is available (please note, all times listed are Pacific Time and all prices are in USD). To see the full description, click on the down arrow next to the title. Note, the program is subject to change.  

 
 
  • Tuesday 20 Sep 2022
  • Wednesday 21 Sep 2022
  • Thursday 22 Sep 2022
  • Friday 23 Sep 2022

Tuesday 20 Sep 2022

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Meeting Location:
  • Plaza A (Second Floor)
Domain:
  • Policy and Advocacy
Description:
  • In this ever-changing environment that we have been plunged into with COVID, it is critical for us to join together to pause and “take the pulse” of downtowns and main streets across the country to reassess our collective priorities. You are invited to join us for a full day of conversation in which we will be priority-setting and planning actions to make further progress in seeking support from the Federal Government for downtowns and main streets.
  • This is an optional add-on event open to Canadian-based attendees. Advanced ticket required so please add this agenda item at the time of your conference registration. There will be a one-hour break for lunch on your own.
Moderators:
  • Kate Fenske, Chief Executive Officer, Downtown Winnipeg BIZ and Chair, IDA Canada (MB)
  • Patricia Barnes, Executive Director, Hastings North BIA (Vancouver, BC)
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Location:
  • Hyatt Regency Vancouver, First Floor Lobby, 655 Burrard Street, Vancouver, BC
  • Registration for the 68th Annual Conference & Marketplace is sponsored by MIG. 

Wednesday 21 Sep 2022

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Location:
  • Hyatt Regency Vancouver, Third Floor, 655 Burrard Street, Vancouver, BC
  • Registration for the 68th Annual Conference & Marketplace is sponsored by MIG. 
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Description:
  • This event has been cancelled. We apologize for the inconvenience. If you have any questions, please email registration@downtown.org
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Price:
  • $75
Location:
  • Plaza A (Second Floor)
Domain:
  • Organizational Management
LPM Certification Maintenance Credits:
  • LPM | 3
Description:
  • There are many pieces to the foundational work of running a nonprofit downtown or neighborhood district. It all begins with good governance which starts with the articles of incorporation, bylaws, and policies and procedures. During this workshop we will discuss the three key responsibilities of a non-profit board: Duty of Care, Duty of Loyalty and Duty of Obedience. Learn about the types of organizational models, the role of the board vs staff, committee structures and the basics of financial and legal oversight. This session is designed for CEO’s and Executive Directors, those aspiring to be a CEO or Executive Director and Board Members.
Learning Objectives:
  • Identify the best practices in board management and walk through the life cycle of board development.
  • Learn how to keep people at the center of the organization and reap the business benefits of truly engaged employees.
  • Take away real strategies for executing planning and visioning and keeping it at the core of the work throughout the year.
  • Take back implementable tools to create controls around your financial processes.
Presenters:
  • Kate Borders, President & CEO, Downtown Tempe Authority
  • Mary-Claire Burick, President, Rosslyn Business Improvement District
Notes:
  • *Light refreshments will be provided*
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Price:
  • $60
Meeting Location:
  • Hyatt Regency Vancouver, First Floor Lobby, 655 Burrard Street, Vancouver, BC  
Domain:
  • Public Space Management and Operations
Description:
  • Jumpstart settling into the city with a peak “Vancouverism” activity and experience art, forest and beach! Being health-conscious (wearing yoga pants is 50% of the work); indulging in gorgeous views and art on the seawall and squeezing in a forest/sea visit are stereotypes of Vancouverites that the city is proud to be known for. This running tour will start at The Drop (public art) on the Convention Centre seawall and cross into Coal Harbour, Lost Lagoon and Tatlow Trail in Stanley Park, and end at Third Beach. With 45 minutes to spend at the beach, attendees will be guided to nearby Siwash Rock or Hollow Tree to explore more.
  • *This tour includes running and bus transportation; please plan accordingly.
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Price:
  • $60
Meeting Location:
  • Meeting Location: Hyatt Regency Vancouver, First Floor Lobby, 655 Burrard Street, Vancouver, BC  
Domain:
  • Public Space Management and Operations
Description:
  • Join the Vancouver Economic Commission on a tour of the Olympic Village, a planned community in Southeast False Creek (SEFC) that once housed the last piece of Vancouver’s waterfront single-use industrial land (outside the Port). As part of the city’s bid to host the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games, the Village was conceptualized as housing for athletes and a development scheme to realize a long-held dream of building out large public and private plots (all mostly derelict before development). The Village consists of 20 percent of the total land area of SEFC and is the first phase of a more significant development which will include 252 units of social housing and 856 market condominiums.
  • *This tour includes walking and bus transportation; please plan accordingly. 
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Price:
  • $60
Meeting Location:
  • Hyatt Regency Vancouver, First Floor Lobby, 655 Burrard Street, Vancouver, BC 
Domain:
  • Public Space Management and Operations
Description:
  • This full circle tour through Vancouver BIAs’ various neighbourhoods and city districts will highlight revitalized spaces and developments as well as the property owners that are making an encouraging impact through development practices. Beginning downtown and travelling to the West and East sides, this tour will showcase the positive development practices and heritage space. Key takeaways include advocating for revitalized spaces and stakeholder engagement to create places that support local businesses, community and city.
  • *This tour includes walking and transportation; please plan accordingly.  
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Price:
  • $95
Meeting Location:
  • Hyatt Regency Vancouver, First Floor Lobby, 655 Burrard Street, Vancouver, BC 
Domain:
  • Public Space Management and Operations
Description:
  • Enjoy an overview of the changing landscape of a suburban area to an urban core. With a current population of 600,000+, Surrey is one of the fastest-growing cities in Canada and will be the largest city in British Columbia within 10 years. This tour will highlight Surrey’s growth, development and building of a brand-new downtown within an existing city. Participants will gain insights into the collaboration of educational institutions, medical and technology sectors, businesses and the development community and explore world-class architecture, including a university built over a shopping centre.
  • *This tour includes walking and bus transportation; please plan accordingly. Lunch will be provided.
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Price:
  • $75
Location:
  • Plaza A (Second Floor)
Domain:
  • Organizational Management
LPM Certification Maintenance Credits:
  • LPM | 3
Description:
  • While driven by its mission, a not-for-profit organization is, first and foremost, a business. It must remain fiscally strong to survive and profitable to ultimately grow. Consequently, the most critical responsibility of any chief executive is maintaining a viable business model contributing to the organization's overall financial health. Absent financial health, the organization cannot pursue its mission. Therefore, every chief executive must ensure proper fiscal planning, monitoring and reporting processes to enable timely decision-making by all leaders. The executive needs not to be an accounting professional; however, there are key fiscal practices a good executive must learn and understand. Join this session to learn the basics principles of accounting (e.g., cash v accrual basis); the importance of internal controls; how the strategic plan impacts the budget preparation process; preparation for an audit; and other fiscal management tools.
  • *Light refreshments will be provided.
Learning Objectives:
  • Apply principles and practices learned to your own organization’s financial statements, budgets and reports.
  • Evaluate your strengths, weaknesses and areas of improvement for better understanding and communicating your organization’s finances.
  • Analyze how you currently prepare and deliver your organization’s financial information to board members and other key stakeholders.
  • Create new approaches to increase the financial literacy of staff, board and other stakeholders.
Presenters:
  • Tina Leone, CEO, Ballston Business Improvement District (Arlington, VA)
  • Dewitt M. Peart, President & CEO, Downtown Austin Alliance (TX)
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Price:
  • $75
Location:
  • Plaza B (Second Floor)
Domain:
  • Public Space Management and Operations
LPM Certification Maintenance Credits:
  • LPM | 3
Description:
  • Are you seeing an increase in nightlife in your district? Do you want to learn how to holistically address safety, quality of life and mobility concerns? Join this workshop to learn the benefits of establishing a "Night Mayor” or “Nighttime Economy Manager” in cities with nightlife. These positions, along with Offices of Nightlife, have become staples of how cities worldwide govern their nighttime social economy. The value of an organized approach to manage the unique opportunities and challenges of the social economy is undeniable. But, there are different ways to accomplish this objective. If your district has nightlife, attend this pre-conference workshop facilitated by the Responsible Hospitality Institute, which has more than 40 years of experience in defining strategies for how cities can assure safety, enhance vibrancy and plan for people’s needs when they socialize. This session will introduce a framework for creating a sociable city plan and feature a case study from the city of Victoria, Canada. Put your problem-solving skills to action by brainstorming solutions to scenarios based on real-life examples of challenges in the social economy.
  • *Light refreshments will be provided*
Learning Objectives:
  • Identify driving forces and trends that are impacting downtowns and social districts.
  • Gain insights into how cities are creating systems of nighttime governance and management with dedicated staffing.
  • Get the tools you need to evaluate the status of your city’s nighttime social economy.
  • Learn how to establish a public safety alliance to expand the continuum of stakeholders beyond just police at night.
Presenters:
  • Jim Peters, President, Responsible Hospitality Institute
  • Jocelyn Kane, Senior Policy Consultant, Responsible Hospitality Institute
  • Michael Hill, Downtown Community Development Coordinator, Business & Community Relations, City of Victoria (BC)
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Price:
  • $35
Meeting Location:
  • Meeting Location: Hyatt Regency Vancouver, First Floor Lobby, 655 Burrard Street, Vancouver, BC 
Domain:
  • Planning, Design and Infrastructure
Description:
  • This tour will combine an exciting historical walk along Vancouver's Granville Street with a demonstration of the popular On This Spot app's ability to enhance placemaking. Developed for the Downtown Vancouver BIA (DVBIA), this app offers locals and tourists the power to experience the history that surrounds them in an inspiring new way. Attendees will be transported back in time through “then and now” photography, viewing their surroundings through the eyes of those who came before. Explore how the app can promote public art, tourist attractions and local businesses while showcasing other capabilities, including audio narration, video production and virtual tours.
  • *This tour includes walking; please plan accordingly.  
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Price:
  • $60
Meeting Location:
  • Hyatt Regency Vancouver, First Floor Lobby, 655 Burrard Street, Vancouver, BC 
Domain:
  • Public Space Management and Operations
Description:
  • The Shipyards is the City of North Vancouver's dynamic waterfront community amenity and regional tourist attraction. Commercial uses, programmed piers, parks, open spaces, continuous harbour walk and water transportation connections animate the west waterfront. The area's rich history is one of local, regional, provincial, national and international significance - a story of Canadian shipbuilding, industrial entrepreneurs, technical innovation, community building, social change and federal support. The Machine Shop, known as The Shipyard Commons, has been transformed into a 20,000 square foot outdoor covered venue. The underlying principle in the design of this public realm is the retention of the industrial vernacular. Within the Shipyard Commons area is an adjoining 80,000 square foot commercial development that includes a 72-room boutique hotel, the Capilano University campus, and the Wallace Venue. The Shipyards' public spaces are programmed year-round with diverse active and passive elements.
  • *This tour includes walking and bus transportation; please plan accordingly.  
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Price:
  • $60
Metting Location:
  • Hyatt Regency Vancouver, First Floor Lobby, 655 Burrard Street, Vancouver, BC 
Domain:
  • Public Space Management and Operations
Description:
  • Mount Pleasant has long been home to Vancouver's art scene and is enjoying a resurgence thanks to the Vancouver Mural Fest. The Mural Fest organization calls Mount Pleasant home and has focused much of its creative energy on the neighbourhood that was the first to embrace it. Although murals can be seen all over Vancouver, there is nowhere with such a concentration beautifying building, walls, alleys and anything else that can handle an artistic image! This guided walking tour will focus on the art and historical aspects of the first Vancouver neighbourhood outside of the downtown core, including the resurgence of craft breweries in the area, once known as Brewery Creek.
  • *This tour includes walking and bus transportation; please plan accordingly. 
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Location:
  • Regency DEF (Third Floor)
Master Talk Speaker:
  • IDA Master Talks present the industry's most engaging and innovative speakers. 
  • Stephanie Allen, BBA, M.Urb, Strategic Business Operations & Performance, BC Housing
  • Ginger Gosnell-Myers, Indigenous Fellow, Morris J Wosk Centre for Dialogue, Simon Fraser University
  • Kassandra Linklater, COO, Frontier Collective
  • Welcome by Elder Bob Baker of the Squamish Nation
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Location:
  • Stanley Park Pavilion, 610 Pipeline Rd, Vancouver, BC V6G 1Z4
  • This reception, designed for first-time conference attendees, is a great way to network with other attendees. IDA staff and seasoned members will be available to answer any questions about IDA or provide tips about navigating your first Annual Conference & Marketplace. Advance ticket required.
  • Welcome Reception sponsored by IKE Smart City & Orange Barrel Media.
Transportation:
  • Stanley Park Pavilion is 2.4 kilometres from the host hotel, Hyatt Regency Vancouver. Shuttles will be available beginning at 5:00 p.m., departing from the Hyatt Regency Vancouver Ground Floor, off Melville Steet (Northeast entrance). Shuttles will run on a continuous loop until 9:00 p.m., dropping off at Stanley Park Pavilion, on Pipeline Road returning to the hotel.
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Location:
  • Stanley Park Pavilion, 610 Pipeline Rd, Vancouver, BC V6G 1Z4
  • Celebrate the opening of the 68th Annual Conference & Marketplace at The Stanley Park Pavilion, one of the most distinguished buildings in the entire park – and also one of the most historic in Vancouver. Built in 1911, it's an architectural draw nestled amidst the famous Stanley Park Rose Gardens. Combining elegance and old-world charm with breathtaking views of nature all around, this amazing park location is a great way to kick-off your IDA conference experience. This reception will be held indoors and outdoors.
  • Opening Reception sponsored by IKE Smart City & Orange Barrel Media.
Transportation:
  • Stanley Park Pavilion is 2.4 kilometres from the host hotel, Hyatt Regency Vancouver. Shuttles will be available beginning at 6:00 p.m., departing from the Hyatt Regency Vancouver Ground Floor, off Melville Steet (Northeast entrance). Shuttles will run on a continuous loop until 9:00 p.m., dropping off at Stanley Park Pavilion, on Pipeline Road returning to the hotel.

Thursday 22 Sep 2022

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Location:
  • Location: Hyatt Regency Vancouver, Third Floor, 655 Burrard Street, Vancouver, BC
  • Registration for the 68th Annual Conference & Marketplace is sponsored by MIG. 
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Location:
  • Hyatt Regency Vancouver, Third Floor
  • Renew friendships and expand your network of like-minded professionals!
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Price:
  • $35
Meeting Location:
  • Hyatt Regency Vancouver, First Floor Lobby, 655 Burrard Street, Vancouver, BC 
Domain:
  • Planning, Design and Infrastructure
Description:
  • This mobile tour will showcase elements of the city's green economy. Vancouver is competing with the likes of Copenhagen to become the greenest city in the world. One area where Vancouver is ahead of the curve is green buildings, and the Convention Centre is a prime example. Known for its massive green roof, the Vancouver Convention Centre is a remarkable example of sustainable architecture. There are many more features on the interior that make the building and its operations eco-friendly. With the harbor as a backdrop and views towards the North Shore mountains, participants can observe the natural environment that sustainability programs aim to protect. Highlights include recycling/compost programs and partnerships with Binners' Project (a community-based waste diversion program); green roofs; cycling infrastructures; and nearby businesses like Harbour Air which is converting its fleet of seaplanes to electric. The Convention Centre is adjacent to Harbour Green Park, the Seawall and Jack Pool Plaza with iconic public art and the Olympic torch.
  • *This tour includes walking; please plan accordingly.
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Price:
  • $35
Meeting Location:
  • Hyatt Regency Vancouver, First Floor Lobby, 655 Burrard Street, Vancouver, BC 
Domain:
  • Economic Development
Description:
  • Growing the circular economy (read: zero waste, regenerative, retaining value of materials, powered by renewable energy) requires novel economic development tools. Your community can build economic resilience, strengthen local supply chains, eliminate waste and increase meaningful employment with the strategies and practices shared in this workshop . Participants will learn about new projects to add to their economic development toolbox to pursue a circular economy. Small and large businesses across the globe are embracing the circular economy and seeing cost savings and other benefits along the way. Circularity is not a flash in the pan trend – it’s a philosophy and a business approach that draws value from the past (“waste not want not” and “tip to tail”) while looking to the future for innovative technologies, systems and design to enable truly sustainable solutions. The workshop will also cover tools such as hosting B2B matchmaking for material exchange; enabling collaboration to leverage purchasing power; facilitating collective action; and embracing tech-enabled solutions at the community scale. Participants will also meet successful circular businesses looking to expand to new locations.
  • *This workshop includes walking to off-property meeting space; please plan accordingly.  
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Price:
  • $35
Meeting Location:
  • Hyatt Regency Vancouver, First Floor Lobby, 655 Burrard Street, Vancouver, BC 
Domain:
  • Public Space Management and Operations
Description:
  • This walking tour will explore three unique neighbourhoods that are demographically diverse and face a variety of social issues. These areas blend high-end residential with social housing and a full spectrum of retailers. Strategies for working with police to improve public safety will be discussed. Neighbourhood Policing Officers will go through the Robson/Alberni Street retail area, the Granville Entertainment District and the Davie Street Community. Five key topics will be discussed at various stages along the tour: crime reporting; emerging crime trends and the impacts on personal safety; collaborative projects to address crime such as Project Arrow; initiatives to address public safety; and techniques to address retail and business property crimes. 
  • *This tour includes walking; please plan accordingly.
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Location:
  • Georgia A (Second Floor)
Domain:
  • Economic Development
Track:
  • Advanced
AICP Certification Maintenance Credits:
  • CM | 1.25 
Description:
  • Third places in North America are not just about bars and coffeehouses. Instead, the definition should reflect the forms they take within specific subcultures and cohorts amidst fast-moving societal and technological change. Learn where else we're going these days for a sense of community and belonging.    
Learning Objectives:
  • Understand the different forms that third places take today. 
  • Learn how UPMOs can act to create and manage third place venues. 
  • Discover how urban places might leverage a sense of community in the digital realm for the benefit of the built environment. 
Speakers:
  • Ivy (Fong) Haisell, Executive Director, South Granville BIA (Vancouver, BC) 
  • David Romako, Founding Partner, Bright Brothers Strategy Group (Phoenix, AZ) 
  • Michael Berne, President, MJB Consulting (Berkeley, CA and New York, NY) 
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Location:
  • Plaza C (Second Floor)
Domain:
  • Public Space Management & Operations
Track:
  • Intermediate
AICP Certification Maintenance Credits:
  • CM | 1.25 
Description:
  • Given the opportunities and challenges cities face to engage the multiple communities comprising their populations, three downtown organizations will share proven strategies for inclusive placemaking that acknowledge and respect community dynamics, develop authentic partnerships, foster trust and engagement, and empower a range of voices in order to create equitable downtowns. 
Learning Objectives:
  • Create program frameworks that put equity, diversity and inclusion at the forefront. 
  • Define best practices for developing community buy-in through process, dialogue and engagement. 
  • Build trust in communities and ensure vulnerable populations are engaged throughout all stages of the planning process to advance equity. 
Moderator:
  • Sharon Yazowski, Executive Director, Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation (Los Angeles, CA) 
Speakers:
  • Talicia Richardson, Executive Director, 64.6 Downtown (Fort Smith, AR) 
  • Jamie Haack, Director of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion, John Michael Kohler Arts Center (Sheboygan, WI)
  • Lisa Wagner, Executive Director, Levitt Pavilion Dayton (Dayton, OH) 
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Location:
  • Plaza B (Second Floor)
Domain:
  • Policy and Advocacy
Track:
  • Intermediate
AICP Certification Maintenance Credits:
  • CM | 1.25 
Description:
  • Downtowns are uniquely positioned to lead the charge on diversity, equity and inclusion. More times than not, those involved in the development of downtowns and commercial districts don’t always reflect the full diversity of the broader community. Learn what three different UPMOs decided to do about it. 
Learning Objectives:
  • Recognize the full spectrum of ways that UPMOs can drive diversity, equity and inclusion in the development of downtowns and commercial districts. 
  • Apply the 5 P Framework to identify DEI opportunities within an organization’s unique sphere of influence. 
  • Understand and describe examples of programmatic offerings and incentives currently being used by UPMOs to increase the number of women and people of color participating in the design, development and ownership of commercial property within urban districts. 
Speakers:
  • Jenell Moffett, Associate Vice President, Strategic Initiatives, Downtown Austin Alliance (TX) 
  • Judith Veresuk, Executive Director, Regina Downtown BID (SK) 
  • Brett Roler, Senior Vice President for Planning & Development, Downtown Memphis Commission (TN) 
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Location:
  • Balmoral (Third Floor)
Description:
  • Join this open discussion forum and share experiences to gain insight into everyday challenges. This session will be facilitated by your peers.
Facilitators:
  • Lauren Bermudez, Transportation Program Manager, Downtown Memphis Commission (Memphis, TN)
  • Gareth Lloyd, Partner, Interstate Parking Company of Colorado (Denver, CO)
  • Adam Jones, Vice President, Downtown Tempe Authority (Tempe, AZ)
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Location:
  • Georgia B (Second Floor)
Domain:
  • Marketing, Communications and Events
Track:
  • Introductory
Description:
  • Who are we trying to reach, and who do we actually reach? How do we use that information to plan and promote events for a diverse audience? Participants will learn research tactics that can assist in planning and executing events and public programs, including how to better understand the audiences they attract and if they're meeting marketing objectives. Speakers will explore examples of how research, data collection and marketing tactics were used for an arts and culture series in downtown Philadelphia. Discover how data helped the marketing team collect pedestrian counts, attendance figures and attendee geography, and how it assisted in advertising and other outreach efforts. 
Learning Objectives:
  • Learn about implementation methods that will work best for a specific project or goal.  
  • Explore how data collected can help determine event success based on preset goals and expectations. 
  • Determine how to apply data to assist in marketing and event planning. 
Speakers:
  • Giavana Suraci, Manager, Marketing and Events, Center City District (Philadelphia, PA) 
  • Lauren Smith, Manager, Economic Development, Center City District (Philadelphia, PA) 
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Location:
  • Plaza A (Second Floor)
Domain:
  • Planning, Design and Infrastructure  
Track:
  • Intermediate
AICP Certification Maintenance Credits:
  • CM | 1  
Description:
  • Vehicles have been counted for transportation improvements since the 1950s. Learn about two pilot programs using innovative data sets to count people walking, biking and rolling – and why it matters.   
Learning Objectives:
  • Explore how and why to create a “micro-mobility traffic monitoring” program.  
  • Build a case for infrastructure investments, safety improvements, retail recruitment and more.   
  • Learn to identify potential partners and funding sources.  
Speakers:
  • Karen Kress, AICP, Director of Transportation and Planning, Tampa Downtown Partnership, (FL) 
  • Ellen Forthofer, Manager of Urban Planning, Downtown Denver Partnership (CO) 
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Location:
  • Prince of Wales & Oxford (Third Floor)
Description:
  • Augmented Reality (AR) is a rapidly changing technology that is transforming placemaking. By adding a digital layer to our real-world surroundings that visitors can view and interact with using their own mobile phones, AR is expanding opportunities for creativity, play and inclusive community-based storytelling. In this workshop-style session and demo, we will examine three, very-different, Seattle-based AR installations that combine art, history and social science to foster community, creativity and commerce along main street, parks, plazas and beyond.
  • Service Advisories are private-sector insights specifically tailored to the place management industry. This Service Advisory is presented by Novaby. In addition to the above content, this Service Advisory will include a demo of their products and services
Speaker:
  • Julia Beabout, CEO, Creative Director, Novaby (Seattle, WA)
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Location:
  • Hyatt Regency Vancouver, Third Floor
  • Please visit the exhibitor page for more information about the Marketplace.
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Location:
  • Regency DEF (Third Floor)
Description:
  • IDA Master Talks present the industry's most engaging and innovative speakers. The Downtown Achievement Awards highlight the most innovative and engaging projects from around the globe.
Master Talk Speakers:
  • Guillermo Bernal, Executive Director, Fundación Placemaking Mexico
  • Ojay McDonald, Chief Executive, Association of Town & City Management
  • Shelonda Stokes, President & CEO, Downtown Partnership of Baltimore
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Location:
  • Hyatt Regency Vancouver, Third Floor
  • Learn about innovative solutions for your district during lunch! Please visit the exhibitor page for more information.
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Location:
  • Prince of Wales & Oxford (Third Floor)
Description:
  • Springboard will take a deep dive into key foot traffic and market trends across downtowns over the last three years – pre-COVID, during COVID and as we emerge out of the pandemic. The session will include an interactive workshop and close with a quiz to test your knowledge of downtowns. 
  • This Lunch & Learn is a private-sector insight specifically tailored to the place management industry presented by Springboard Research. Attendees are encouraged to bring lunch from the Marketplace buffet to the session room to enjoy during this Lunch & Learn session.
Speakers:
  • Jordan Krant, Director, NA Data and Analytics, Springboard Research (San Diego, CA)
  • Amanda Martinez, US Account Analyst, Springboard Research (AZ)
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Location:
  • Plaza B (Second Floor)
Domain:
  • Economic Development
Track:
  • Intermediate
AICP Certification Maintenance Credits:
  • CM | 1.25 
Description:
  • Explore proven tactics to increase the diversity of your storefront owners to represent and engage the entire community in your district. 
Learning Objectives:
  • Understand barriers to financial capital for local, BIPOC entrepreneurs and real estate developers. 
  • Analyze existing resources in participants’ communities and determine ways to leverage those resources for recruiting local BIPOC entrepreneurs.  
  • Develop, execute and refine financing tools and support programming to empower BIPOC entrepreneurs and reduce the racial wealth gap. 
Speakers:
  • Bethany Rogers, Executive Director, NewTown Loans (Macon, GA) 
  • Ricardo Cordew, Business Consultant, NewTown Macon (Macon, GA) 
  • Alex C. Habersham, Publisher, Macon-Middle Georgia Black Pages (Macon, GA) 
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Location:
  • Balmoral (Third Floor)
Domain:
  • Marketing, Communications and Events
Track:
  • Intermediate
Description:
  • In 2021, three vastly different-sized NYC BIDS (Columbus Avenue BID, Alliance for Downtown New York, and East Midtown Partnership) partnered with a new arts nonprofit to display art and create gallery walks in vacant storefronts. This session will dive into their experiences and best practices on how to create a theme, put together a call for submissions to artists, recruit property owners and anticipate expenses and legal requirements.  
Learning Objectives:
  • Learn how to mount a successful art show or gallery walk in vacant storefronts.  
  • Explore creating successful art show and gallery walk programming to draw visitors. 
  • Examine how to make sure an art show or gallery walk reflects your community – and why that’s essential to its success. 
Moderator:
  • Sarah Hornung, Director of Marketing and Business Development, East Midtown Partnership (New York, NY) 
Speakers:
  • Barbara Anderson, Founder and Executive Director, Art on the Ave NYC (New York, NY) 
  • Nicole Paynter, Executive Director, Columbus Avenue BID, (New York, NY) 
  • Josh Nachowitz, Senior Vice President for Economic Development, Alliance for Downtown New York (NY) 
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Location:
  • Georgia A (Second Floor)
Domain:
  • Public Space Management and Operations
Track:
  • Intermediate
Description:
  • Join this lively discussion to learn from three operations practitioners and their strategies for ambassador training, hiring licensed security, off-duty police officers and how the built environment can help to deter crime. Come prepared to share how your organization is addressing these topics and sharing best practices from lessons learned.
Learning Objectives:
  • Learn how routine maintenance, sidewalk blind spots and lighting can help improve public safety.
  • Explore how PBIDs/BIDs are playing a bigger role in downtown safety through utilization of police overtime and enhanced ambassador services and outreach. 
  • What do stakeholders want to know? Discover best strategies for sharing important safety concerns and updates with downtown stakeholders.
Speakers:
  • Brandon Fahy, Director of Operations, Downtown Austin Alliance (TX)
  • Ruben Lechuga, EMBA, Vice President, Urban Place Management, The Hollywood Partnership (CA)
  • Cory Luster, VP of Public Space Maintenance, Downtown Partnership of Baltimore (MD)
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Location:
  • Georgia B (Second Floor)
Description:
  • Join this open discussion forum and share experiences to gain insight into everyday challenges. This session will be facilitated by your peers.
Facilitators:
  • Lisa Middag, Director of Nicollet Activation, Minneapolis Downtown Council (MN)
  • Beth Weirick, CEO, Milwaukee Downtown BID #21 (WI)
  • Evan Sweet, Director of Operations and Neighborhood Planning, Meatpacking District Management Association (New York, NY)
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Location:
  • Plaza C (Second Floor)
Domain:
  • Leadership Development
Track:
  • Intermediate
Description:
  • Changing positions within or between organizations can be a daunting proposition. This session will cover the considerations place management professionals should reflect on when thinking about a job change or moving to a new city for an opportunity and what to prioritize in the first 100 days on the new job. 
Learning Objectives:
  • Provide tools and perspectives to consider when contemplating a job change. 
  • Describe how to evaluate a prospective community and new role. 
  • Explain how to build a 100-day plan for starting a new role. 
Speakers:
  • Kristopher Larson, AICP, President and CEO, Central Houston Inc. (TX)  
  • Rena Leddy, LPM, Vice President, Urban Place Consulting Group (San Francisco, CA) 
  • Nolan Marshall III, President and CEO, Downtown Vancouver BIA (BC) 
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Location:
  • Plaza A (Second Floor)
Domain:
  • Planning, Design and Infrastructure
Track:
  • Introductory
AICP Certification Maintenance Credits:
  • CM | 1 
Description:
  • Using big data to analyze movement patterns allows clients to fully understand who is coming to and through downtown, where they come from, why they travel (work, shop, etc.), and how they get there. In addition, data has shown that travel behaviors have major shifts by day, time of day and season. 
Learning Objectives:
  • Understand the power of BID data to inform downtown efforts and change perspectives. 
  • Explore activity by time of day in different downtown areas. 
  • Learn how to provide evidence for needed downtown mobility or placemaking interventions. 
Speaker:
  • Ralph DeNisco, Senior Principal, Stantec (Boston, MA) 
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Location::
  • Prince of Wales & Oxford (Third Floor)
Description:
  • Just like painting, achieving success with décor activations is all about the prep work. Garrett Peterson from Downtown Decorations, Inc. will explain the steps involved in the process, from infrastructure requirements to design and considerations for install storage and maintenance. This Service Advisory will also include a 30-minute Q&A session for attendees to ask any questions about the process.
  • Service Advisories are private-sector insights specifically tailored to the place management industry. This Service Advisory is presented by Downtown Decorations, Inc.
Speaker:
  • Garrett Peterson, Vice Present, Downtown Decorations Inc. (Harwich Port, MA)
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Price:
  • $60
Meeting Location:
  • Hyatt Regency Vancouver, First Floor Lobby, 655 Burrard Street, Vancouver, BC 
Domain:
  • Public Space Management and Operations
Description:
  • Cross False Creek out of downtown and enter Cambie Village, the Heart of Vancouver®, passing City Hall (an art deco marvel) and arriving at the most successful alcohol-permitted plaza in the city. Enjoy a wine tasting led by an award-winning sommelier and hear how this dark pocket of a commercial zone transformed into a lively centre of activations and art. Participants will then tour the business district, learning how this area is the line between the west and east sides of town – and how rents vary just by crossing the street. Finally, arrive at the Vancouver Heritage Boulevard and the tallest natural peak in Vancouver: Queen Elizabeth Park. Take in the view of the whole city and visit the Love Locks statues and leave behind your own lock.
  • *This tour includes walking and transportation; please plan accordingly.
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Price:
  • $35
Meeting Location:
  • Hyatt Regency Vancouver, First Floor Lobby, 655 Burrard Street, Vancouver, BC 
Domain:
  • Economic Development
Description:
  • There is no denying that office workers have gained the ability to work from home after mandated remote work due to the pandemic. As we evolve the office from commodity to experience through highly-amenitized workplaces, what strategies are property managers implementing to make the office more enticing than work from home? How can spaces be repositioned to facilitate collaboration and productivity that is integral to the changing perspectives of the traditional office? Through the eyes of Hudson Pacific Properties, we will examine the repositioning of a landmark office and retail campus and how programming can engage tenants and the public alike. The case study will dive into a people-first approach to the built environment, innovative ideas for engaging tenants and rebuilding office culture, and the role of downtown office campuses in placemaking and community building.
  • *This tour includes walking; please plan accordingly.
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Price:
  • $35
Meeting Location:
  • Hyatt Regency Vancouver, First Floor Lobby, 655 Burrard Street, Vancouver, BC  
Description:
  • Welcome to the therapeutic apiary and pollinator meadow, a case study of questioning, imagining and leading positive impact on people, plants and pollinators in the heart of our cities and communities. Participants will explore how the Hives for Humanity initiative sponsored by the Downtown Vancouver BIA (DVBIA) brings attention, care, opportunity and growth back into a public space that had been left untended and deemed problematic. Learn how this multi-sector partnership organised, designed, planted and cared for the meadow and bees – and why it matters – building relationships of care and maintaining gardens in a public park that create belonging, improve safety and offer inclusion.
  • *This tour includes walking; please plan accordingly. 
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Price:
  • $35
Meeting Location:
  • Hyatt Regency Vancouver, First Floor Lobby, 655 Burrard Street, Vancouver, BC  
Domain:
  • Public Space Management and Operations
Description:
  • Reimagining downtown laneways that primarily function as utilitarian corridors into vibrant and inviting public spaces helps to shift perceptions about these spaces and increase the city's public pedestrian area by as much as 30 percent. No two laneways are the same, and we embrace the fact that each laneway will function and evolve in its own way depending on the surrounding uses and the people that interact with it. Each project had a variety of stakeholders (the City of Vancouver, a local architecture firm, private properties and a local university) that came together to implement a new vision for these downtown laneways. Participants will visit downtown Vancouver's laneway transformations Alley Oop, Ackery's Alley, Canvas Corridor and Snekwem Lane to learn about the partnerships and processes invested in these interstitial alleyways and how they were reimagined as public spaces assets.
  • *This tour includes walking; please plan accordingly.
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Price:
  • $60
Meeting Location:
  • Meeting Location: Hyatt Regency Vancouver, First Floor Lobby, 655 Burrard Street, Vancouver, BC  
Domain:
  • Public Space Management and Operations
Description:
  • This tour will showcase two different approaches to plazas: Plaza on 13th and Plaza on 14th. With a $200,000 budget, one plaza was created with architectural design, city resources and construction fabricators. The other plaza, with a budget of $30,000, used local artists, a local public modular furniture start-up, and cheerful retail furniture purchased and then painted. Both are remarkable public spaces and only a block apart. Participants will explore implementation with small and large budgets.
  • *This tour includes walking and bus transportation; please plan accordingly.
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Price:
  • $35
Meeting Location:
  • Hyatt Regency Vancouver, First Floor Lobby, 655 Burrard Street, Vancouver, BC 
Domain:
  • Planning, Design and Infrastructure
Description:
  • The West End is a vibrant, diverse, walkable and densely populated community surrounded by world-class parks and beaches and Vancouver’s downtown and central business district. The West End Community Plan, officially adopted by Vancouver City Council in 2013, was an 18-month community engagement process that helped shape the framework to guide positive change, growth, development and public benefits in the West End over 30 years. This tour will explore the progress made over the past decade, including redevelopment and delivery of public realm improvements, challenges and unintended consequences, and longer-term projects. Recently launched projects such as the Waterfront Masterplan, Bute Greenway and West End Community Hub, provide important opportunities to revitalize key areas within the West End.
  • *This tour includes walking; please plan accordingly.
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Location:
  • Plaza C (Second Floor)
Description:
  • Join this lively, fast-paced session to learn the behind-the-scenes of how these Downtown Achievement Awards Pinnacle Award winners worked to produce award-winning projects.
Moderator:
  • Jordan Polon, Executive Director, Hartford BID (Hartford, CT)
Speakers:
  • Elizabeth Stevens, President and CEO, Downtown Mobile Alliance (AL)
  • Brett Roler, Vice President of Planning and Development, Downtown Memphis Commission (TN)
  • Amanda Elliott, Redevelopment Program Manager, Town of Gilbert, Office of Economic Development (AZ)
  • Larisa Ortiz, Managing Director, Public Non-Profit Solutions, Streetsense (Jackson Heights, NY) 
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Location:
  • Plaza B (Second Floor)
Domain:
  • Public Space Management and Operations
Track:
  • Intermediate
Description:
  • Whether the COVID pandemic exacerbated the homeless epidemic or simply put it on full display, main streets and downtowns throughout the U.S. are grappling with citizens living on the street.  Let’s explore the role that we have as place management organizations. 
Learning Objectives:
  • Understand how IDA members address the needs of people experiencing homelessness.  
  • Learn about unique efforts being made by some UPMOs to address homelessness. 
  • Gain knowledge on additional ways to respond to homelessness in your district. 
Moderator:
  • Yvette Freeman, Senior Strategist, Progressive Urban Management Associates (Denver, CO) 
Speakers:
  • Gerren Price, President and CEO, DowntownDC BID (Washington, DC) 
  • Ken Berg, Director of Operations, Downtown Winnipeg BIZ (MB)
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Location:
  • Georgia A (Second Floor)
Domain:
  • Policy and Advocacy
Track:
  • Advanced
Description:
  • Leading urban thinkers from the U.S., UK and Canada, with input from session participants, will examine how the mission, structures and financing of BIAs and BIDs have evolved over the last five decades and how they need to evolve to address the new needs of cities and stakeholders. 
Learning Objectives:
  • To better understand how BIDs and BIAs have evolved across time and countries, in order to better imagine continued evolution. 
  • To identify and articulate both the substance and the framing of key arguments for the evolution and empowerment of this kind of public-private partnership. 
  • To identify next steps in advocacy and research that cut across all three jurisdictions and move the field towards evolved and empowered partnerships. 
Moderator:
  • Michael Blaise Backer, Former Deputy Commissioner of Neighborhood Development, NYC Small Business Services (NY)
Speakers:
  • Mary Rowe, President & CEO, Canadian Urban Institute (Toronto, ON) 
  • Ojay McDonald, CEO, Association of Town & City Management (Westerham, Kent, UK) 
  • Tim Tompkins, Principal & Founder, SharedCity SharedSpace (New York, NY) 
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Location:
  • Balmoral (Third Floor)
Description:
  • Join this open discussion forum and share experiences to gain insight into everyday challenges. This session will be facilitated by your peers.
Facilitators:
  • Kathleen Rawson, LPM, CEO, The Hollywood Partnership, (CA)
  • Nicole Thompson, President/CEO, Downtown Durham, Inc. (NC)
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Location:
  • Georgia B (Second Floor)
Domain:
  • Marketing, Communications and Events
Description:
  • Join this open discussion forum and share experiences to gain insight into everyday challenges. This session will be facilitated by your peers.
Speakers:
  • Lauren Hamilton, Chief Marketing Officer, Downtown Partnership of Baltimore (MD)
  • Ashley Anderson, LPM, Director of Marketing and Design, Tampa Downtown Partnership (FL)
  • Mackenzie Carter, LPM, Vice President of Marketing and Communications, The Hollywood Partnership (CA)
  • Katherine Hardwick, Vice President of Marketing, Downtown Vision, Inc. Jacksonville ( FL)
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Location:
  • Plaza A (Second Floor)
Description:
  • Join this open discussion forum, meet other board members and share experiences to gain insight into everyday challenges.
Facilitators:
  • David Downey, President & CEO, International Downtown Association (Washington, DC)
  • Kate Joncas, Director of Urban Strategy, MIG (Seattle, WA) 
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Location:
  • Prince of Wales & Oxford (Third Floor)
Description:
  • As global leaders in multiple sectors within the experiential industry, including interactive installations, immersive experiences, architectural design, scenography and lighting, Québec-based companies, creators, and artists are renowned for their creativity, innovation, storytelling abilities, willingness to embrace risk and agility. Seven of Québec Creative’s best studios will introduce themselves, their projects and their inspirations. A panel discussion will follow on how to generate a positive impact by enhancing your public spaces.
  • Service Advisories are private-sector insights specifically tailored to the place management industry. This Service Advisory is presented by Québec Creative. In addition to the above content, this Service Advisory will include demos of their products or services.
Moderator:
  • Glenn Castanheira, Executive Directo, Montreal Centre-Ville (Montréal, QC)
Speakers:
  • Coralie Olson, Managing Partner, Massivart (Montréal, QC)
  • Gonzalo Soldi, co-founder + creative director, mirari (Montréal, QC)
  • Josée Guérette, Development & Touring Manager, Quartier des spectacles international (Montréal, QC)
  • Mouna Andraos, Co-founder, Daily tous les jours (Montréal, QC)
  • Olivier Gagnon, Business development & Global Partnerships, Iregular (Montréal, QC)
  • Rory Seydel, Director of Marketing and Business Development, Gentilhomme (Montréal, QC)
  • Alexandre Lemieux, Business Development Director & Cofounder, Creos (Saint-Bruno-De-Montarville, QC)
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Location:
  • Hyatt Regency Vancouver, Third Floor
  • Please visit the exhibitor page for more information about the Marketplace.
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Price:
  • $35
Meeting Location:
  • Hyatt Regency Vancouver, First Floor Lobby, 655 Burrard Street, Vancouver, BC 
Domain:
  • Planning, Design and Infrastructure
Description:
  • The plazas surrounding the Vancouver Art Gallery have long been a space for people to socialize and a place for civic and creative expression. North of the Vancouver Art Gallery, šxʷƛ̓ənəq Xwtl'e7énḵ Square (formerly known as the Vancouver Art Gallery North Plaza) re-opened in June 2017 after renovations. South of the gallery, the 800-block of Robson Street has transformed into a permanent public plaza. A design for the plaza was created based on public and stakeholder feedback. As a complex and dynamic space, this project was not without its challenges; however, the outcome has been a flexible and award-winning space conducive to festivals and events and is seen as the heart of the city and downtown. This tour will guide participants through the area's redesign, discussing the space's needs and the resulting design elements and focusing on stakeholder engagement and management.
  • *This tour includes walking; please plan accordingly.
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Price:
  • $60
Meeting Location:
  • Meeting Location: Hyatt Regency Vancouver, First Floor Lobby, 655 Burrard Street, Vancouver, BC  
Domain:
  • Policy and Advocacy
Description:
  • Just east of the downtown core, you will find the industrial heart of Vancouver. People work with their hands and technology to create and build items the city needs to survive and thrive – from the food we eat to our clothes and the art that makes our communities vibrant. Explore the industrial districts of the East Village and Strathcona neighbourhoods and discover why they matter to the economic viability of our city. Learn about the challenges industrial businesses face and the role the local business improvement associations take in advocating and supporting the industrial business members so they can thrive. Participants will visit inspiring businesses and hear directly from business owners about what makes this area unique. The tour will end at a local brewery for a tasting! Don’t miss this tour that blends industry, heritage, arts, food, and innovation in the city's industrial heart.
  • *This tour includes walking and bus transportation; please plan accordingly.
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Price:
  • $35
Meeting Location:
  • Meeting Location: Hyatt Regency Vancouver, First Floor Lobby, 655 Burrard Street, Vancouver, BC  
Domain:
  • Policy and Advocacy
Description:
  • The overall focus of this tour will be the importance of indigenous culture and history in Vancouver. Participants will begin by viewing a mural titled Dreamweaver, whose concept centers around community and solidarity with two female figures standing back-to-back clothed in a Salish blanket. The image refers to the design of traditional Salish blankets, speaking to an ongoing series of works called "weaving culture, weaving spirit." In the South Plaza of the Vancouver Art Gallery, participants will engage in a traditional smudging ceremony with a local indigenous leader. A brief history of residential schools (the last one closed in 1995 in Canada) and the memorial honouring children whose lives were lost at these residential schools will be presented.
  • *This tour includes walking; please plan accordingly. 
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Price:
  • $60
Meeting Location:
  • Hyatt Regency Vancouver, First Floor Lobby, 655 Burrard Street, Vancouver, BC  
Domain:
  • Economic Development
Description:
  • Granville Island, an iconic redevelopment of an industrial wasteland conceived 50 years ago, continues to be a must-visit destination attracting millions of visitors each year from Vancouver and around the world. Adjacent to Vancouver's downtown core, the walkable island has become a cultural and commercial hub and model for mixed-use redevelopment partnerships. As Vancouver's premier artistic and cultural hub, located in an urban, waterfront location and steeped in a rich industrial and maritime heritage, Granville Island hosts many cultural venues, numerous performing arts and festivals year-round. The famous Public Market is home to more than 50 independent food purveyors and contributes to the island's appeal as a renowned culinary destination. Many of Canada's best artists and designers can be found in the Net Loft Shops and Railspur District. Operationally self-sustaining, Granville Island is home to more than 300 businesses employing 3,000+ people.
  • *This tour includes walking and bus transportation; please plan accordingly.
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Location:
  • Plaza B (Second Floor)
Domain:
  • Policy and Advocacy
Track:
  • Intermediate
Description:
  • Federal policies in both the U.S. and Canada have a sizable impact on the health and vitality of downtowns, city centers and main streets. Whether its economic development, housing or many other issues, what happens in Ottawa and Washington, DC shapes what happens on our streets – and IDA members in both countries have a major role to play in making sure national legislation addresses the needs of our communities. Join IDA’s Canada and U.S. lobbyists for an engaging discussion about how IDA is representing city centers in the halls of government – and how you can become engaged in speaking up for community. 
Learning Objectives:
  • Learn how federal policies in the U.S. and Canada affect vitality in downtowns. 
  • Understand how IDA and UPMOs are shaping policy in Ottawa and Washington, DC through their respective policy agendas. 
  • Learn how you can become an advocate for downtowns before the U.S. and Canadian federal governments. 
Moderators:
  • Andrew Goldberg, Principal, Agora / IDA U.S. Government Affairs (Washington, DC) 
  • Christian von Donat, Vice-President, Government Relations and Strategy, Impact Canada / IDA Canada (Ottawa, ON)
  • Jon Scholes, President and CEO, Downtown Seattle Association and Chair, IDA’s U.S. Policy Committee (Seattle, WA)
  • Sam Jackson, Principal Strategist, Interstitial Consulting (Tempe, AZ)
  • Paul MacKinnon, CEO, Downtown Halifax Business Commission (NS)  
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Location:
  • Georgia A (Second Floor)
Domain:
  • Planning, Design and Infrastructure
Track:
  • Intermediate
AICP Certification Maintenance Credits:
  • CM | 1.25 
Description:
  • Learn how to take the community-driven planning process a step further and empower the public to implement your next comprehensive plan by leveraging resources from the local philanthropic community. 
Learning Objectives:
  • Apply tactics for collaborative implementation with a diverse slate of district stakeholders. 
  • Leverage local funding sources for implementing a community-driven plan. 
  • Build buy-in with community members in developing and implementing a comprehensive district plan. 
Speakers:
  • Erin Keller, Chief of Staff and Vice President for Development, NewTown Macon (GA) 
  • Alex Morrison, Executive Director, Urban Development Authority (Macon, GA) 
  • Darius Maynard, Program Officer, Community Foundation of Central Georgia (Macon, GA) 
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Location:
  • Prince of Wales & Oxford (Third Floor)
Domain:
  • Public Space Management and Operations
Track:
  • Intermediate
AICP Certification Maintenance Credits:
  • CM | 1.25 
Description:
  • Through small urban contextually appropriate projects, urban acupuncture and the archeology of local knowledge facilitate social and physical changes in the larger context beyond the district. This type of placemaking technique serves as a catalyst for the regeneration of dormant social networks and capital exchange. 
Learning Objectives:
  • Identify potential spaces for placemaking activations and programs. 
  • Walk away with a better understanding of what urban acupuncture, placemaking and creative community engagement are, and how to apply them. 
  • Strategize community engagement programming for placemaking efforts. 
Speakers:
  • Sherryl Muriente, Public Realm Director, West Palm Beach DDA (FL) 
  • Ryan Smolar, Director of Placemaking, Downtown, Inc. (Santa Ana, CA) 
  • Kady Yellow, Director of Placemaking, Downtown Vision, Inc. (Jacksonville, FL)
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Location:
  • Plaza A (Second Floor)
Description:
  • Join this open discussion forum and share experiences to gain insight into everyday challenges. This session will be facilitated by your peers.
Facilitators:
  • Brett Roler, Vice President of Planning and Development, Downtown Memphis Commission (TN) 
  • Bill King, President and CEO, Downtown Raleigh Alliance (NC)
  • Cathy Lin, Director of Research, IDA (Washington, DC)
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Location:
  • Plaza C (Second Floor)
Domain:
  • Economic Development
Track:
  • Intermediate
AICP Certification Maintenance Credits:
  • CM | 1 
Description:
  • The private sector student housing industry has exploded as an alternative to campus living. The industry provides hundreds of thousands of beds, in communities of all sizes, in high value buildings adjacent to colleges and universities. These communities and residents have created significant economic growth and are transforming these areas. 
Learning Objectives:
  • Understand the importance of the economic impact of colleges and universities, and how mixed-use student housing can support economic development. 
  • Explore challenges of zoning, community partnership and relations, and opportunities for developing walkable spaces around high-quality student housing in town/gown communities. 
  • Learn to establish, nurture and maintain successful working relationships to energize economic development in a town/gown community. 
Moderator:
  • Jeff Murison, President and CEO, Hillsborough Street Community Service Corporation (Raleigh, NC) 
Speakers:
  • Georgia Petropoulos, CEO, Oakland BID (Pittsburgh, PA) 
  • Richard Lasek, Director, Innovation & Engagement, Core Spaces (Chicago, IL) 
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Location:
  • Georgia B (Second Floor)
Domain:
  • Public Space Management and Operations
Track:
  • Intermediate
AICP Certification Maintenance Credits:
  • CM | 1 
Description:
  • Over 130 million acres of America’s forests are located right in our cities and towns. A healthy tree canopy provides direct value to our downtowns through increased property values, higher revenue streams for businesses, amplified comfort by pedestrians, reduction to the urban heat island effect, and most importantly, filtering of air pollutants and sequestering of carbon dioxide. During this session, gain insights and lessons learned from successful urban tree planting programs and discover actionable steps to successfully implement and manage an urban forest initiative, including funding, maintenance and community engagement. 
Learning Objectives:
  • Explore various approaches to funding an urban tree planting program. 
  • Learn to build momentum and garner support from local government, business and property owners, like minded nonprofit organizations, and residents. 
  • Gain solutions to common operational issues arising from tree planting initiatives such as lack of water, vandalism, dog urine and lack of water. 
Moderator:
  • Beth Callender, Partner, Urban Interventions (San Diego, CA) 
Speakers:
  • Ernesto Romo, Director of Maintenance Services, Downtown San Diego Partnership Clean & Safe (CA) 
  • Amanda Miller, Senior Specialist, Downtown Denver Partnership (CO) 
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Location:
  • Balmoral (Third Floor)
Description:
  • Recognize this scenario? You’re preparing your Board reports for the upcoming meeting and your team is struggling to gather data from across multiple systems into a single presentation. The problem is, every department has their own program and apps, and none of them connect or communicate with each other. Everyone and their data are siloed, and it can take weeks to prepare for one meeting. What if all your organization’s data was in one place? What if everyone used the same platform, the same terminology and data sets that work for the entire organization? In this session, we’ll hear from downtown districts that are migrating from a series of isolated systems to operate on a single platform with features that work for every unique department. Join us to hear what prompted them to make the change, what the transition was like and how it’s going now.
  • Service Advisories are private-sector insights specifically tailored to the place management industry. This Service Advisory is presented by District360. In addition to the above content, this Service Advisory will include a demo of their product.
Speakers:
  • Kathryn McKissick, Vice President, District360 (Washington, DC)
  • Ebony P. Walton, Associate Director of Stakeholder Engagement, DowntownDC BID (Washington, DC)
  • Anna Branly, Director of Administration & Finance, Downtown Durham, Inc (NC)
  • Gina Cavaliere, Chief Community Impact Officer and BIZ Director, Downtown Detroit Partnership/BIZ (MI)
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Location:
  • Hyatt Regency Vancouver, Third Floor
  • Companies offering innovative solutions and programs to enhance your district are onsite and ready to answer your questions. End the day with a beverage and say hello to colleagues and friends.

Friday 23 Sep 2022

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Location:
  • Hyatt Regency Vancouver, Third Floor, 655 Burrard Street, Vancouver, BC
  • Registration for the 68th Annual Conference & Marketplace is sponsored by MIG. 
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Location:
  • Hyatt Regency Vancouver, Third Floor
  • Renew friendships and expand your network of like-minded professionals!
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Price:
  • $35
Meeting Location:
  • Hyatt Regency Vancouver, First Floor Lobby, 655 Burrard Street, Vancouver, BC  
Domain:
  • Economic Development
Description:
  • As one of the founding streets of Vancouver, Granville Street has always been a popular destination. The evolution of Granville Street and Entertainment District over more than a century tells a complete story about the history of commerce and culture in Vancouver. Today, districts and main streets like Granville Street face a new reality due to the pandemic and other economic and social factors. Such a shift is an opportunity to consider the long-term future of the Granville Entertainment District and Granville Street in the context of growing socio-demographic trends and new market opportunities. Two dynamic proposals, the redevelopment of the entire 800-block of Granville and the redevelopment of the historic Hudson Bay department store, will serve as anchors igniting Granville Street's future by adding over one million square feet of office and cultural space and potentially 8,000 new office workers. Granville Street Reimagining is a walking tour highlighting a new vision for the future of Granville Street as an exciting place to live, work and visit.
  • *This tour includes walking; please plan accordingly.  
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Location:
  • Plaza C (Second Floor)
Domain:
  • Economic Development
Track:
  • Advanced
AICP Certification Maintenance Credits:
  • CM | 1.25 
Description:
  • For office-dominated districts, understanding local market dynamics will be critical to direct strategic planning efforts for place management organizations. Learn how new data management technologies are bringing order to chaos and influencing the design of a new generation of post-pandemic economic development initiatives. 
Learning Objectives:
  • Inspire office-dominated districts that place management organizations can be leaders in charting new courses for economic recovery and resiliency. 
  • Introduce new technology that can analyze local real estate data and visualize market opportunities. 
  • Explore two case studies where place organizations are retooling their economic development programs. 
Moderator:
  • Brad Segal, President, Progressive Urban Management Associates (Denver, CO) 
Speakers:
  • Craig Leibowitz, Avison Young Global, (New York, NY)
  • Michael Deemer, President and CEO, Downtown Cleveland Alliance (Cleveland, OH)
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Location:
  • Georgia B (Second Floor)
Domain:
  • Planning, Design and Infrastructure
Track:
  • Intermediate
AICP Certification Maintenance Credits:
  • CM | 1.25 
Description:
  • Dining moved onto our sidewalks and streets during the pandemic, but will it become a permanent part of our cities? Experienced practitioners will discuss the costs, benefits and considerations of making “streeteries” permanent to help attendees successfully guide local discussions on whether to keep, modify or close outdoor dining establishments. 
Learning Objectives:
  • Understand the wide array of issues involved in retaining and managing a “streeterie” or outdoor dining area. 
  • Learn about different physical and permitting approaches. 
  • Gain potential tools and solutions to issues.  
Moderator:
  • Kate Joncas, Director of Urban Strategy, MIG (Seattle, WA) 
Speakers:
  • Jeffrey LeFrancois, Executive Director, Meatpacking District Management Association (New York, NY) 
  • Betsy Brennan, President and CEO, Downtown San Diego Partnership (CA)  
  • Paul MacKinnon, CEO, Downtown Halifax Business Commission (NS)  
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Location:
  • Plaza B (Second Floor)
Domain:
  • Marketing, Communications and Events
Track:
  • Intermediate
Description:
  • Communications and marketing strategies typically focus on three main areas: owned, earned and paid media. UPMOs place many resources, time and emphasis on owned and paid media because they are trackable and can be done cheaply. However, earned media, secured through public relations efforts, will not only drive brand awareness, ticket sales and word of mouth, it can also result in a transformative economic impact for your downtown or main street. This breakout session will explore the benefits of telling stories through public relations efforts while outlining simple steps to create a successful PR strategy regardless of budget, district or staff size. 
Learning Objectives:
  • Understand the difference between owned, earned and paid media and why it's important to focus on each in a marcom strategy.  
  • Identify storytelling opportunities that media may consider covering throughout the year. 
  • Learn to create a public relations strategy that can be applied to your annual plan, regardless of size, budget or staff. 
Speakers:
  • Kate Fenske, CEO, Downtown Winnipeg BIZ (MB) 
  • Kimberly Bares, President and CEO, The Magnificent Mile Association (Chicago, IL) 
  • Mary-Claire Burick, President, Rosslyn BID (Arlington, VA) 
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Location:
  • Balmoral (Second Floor)
Description:
  • Join this open discussion forum and share experiences to gain insight into everyday challenges. This session will be facilitated by your peers.
Facilitators:
  • Rachel Hartman, Executive Director, DowntownDC Foundation (Washington, DC)
  • Ed Eckart, Senior VP of Operations, Downtown Cleveland Alliance (OH)
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Location:
  • Prince of Wales & Oxford (Third Floor)
Domain:
  • Public Space Management and Operations
Track:
  • Intermediate
AICP Certification Maintenance Credits:
  • CM | 1 
Description:
  • Explore the implementation of placemaking projects and use of tactical urbanism traffic calming funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies Asphalt Art Initiative in mid-sized cities throughout the United States. This session will include a deeper dive into logistics, challenges and successes experienced in Richmond, Virginia.  
Learning Objectives:
  • Pinpoint opportunities to collaborate with national foundations that fund tactical urbanism projects across United States. 
  • Apply tactical urbanism approaches to underutilized public spaces in a downtown setting. 
  • Navigate hurdles and capitalize on opportunities associated with working with a diverse coalition of project partners, including city staff. 
Speakers:
  • David Andersson, Arts Team, Bloomberg Associates (New York, NY) 
  • Max Hepp-Buchanan, Director of Riverfront and Downtown Placemaking, Venture Richmond (VA) 
  • Nicholas Mosquera, Manager, Transportation, Bloomberg Associates (New York, NY) 
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Location:
  • Georgia A (Second Floor)
Domain:
  • Marketing, Communications and Events
Track:
  • Intermediate
Description:
  • Join this case study of Instagram famous Washington Street in DUMBO. Learn how a UPMO can cultivate photo ops and turn them into major destinations, leverage that popularity to help local businesses, and navigate community concerns along the way.
Learning Objectives:
  • Learn creative thinking to maximize the impact of a photo op to attract visitors. 
  • Harness the economic power of those visitors once you’ve attracted them to your district.  
  • Explore working with all stakeholders once your neighborhood becomes insta-famous. 
Speakers:
  • Alexandria Sica, President, DUMBO Improvement District (Brooklyn, NY) 
  • Clara Schuhmacher, Director of Marketing and Events, DUMBO Improvement District (Brooklyn, NY) 
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Location:
  • Plaza A (Second Floor)
Description:
  • Learn how a managed parking strategy can solve your city’s increasing parking demand to support tourism, retail activities, employee and resident parking and enhance the experience for everyone. Explore several case studies and come with questions. Attendees will engage with Interstate Development Partners and Interstate Parking Company, whose unique combined experience includes development of over $300M of urban core mixed-use projects and implementation of several community parking strategies across North America.
  • Service Advisories are private-sector insights specifically tailored to the place management industry. This Service Advisory is presented by Interstate Parking.
Speaker:
  • Gareth Lloyd, Partner, Interstate Parking Company of Colorado (Denver, CO)
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Location:
  • Hyatt Regency Vancouver, Third Floor
  • Please visit the exhibitor page for more information about the Marketplace.
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Location:
  • Hyatt Regency Vancouver, Third Floor, Marketplace Booth #305
Description:
  • Grab your coffee, tea or H2O and enjoy the morning with our membership champions! IDA invites members who want a refresher or nonmember attendees and is a great way to learn about IDA’s community while networking in a smaller setting. Discover valuable resources and stay up-to-date on IDA products, programs and services. Seasoned IDA members and staff will be available to answer any questions about membership and benefits.
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Location:
  • Regency DEF (Third Floor)
  • IDA Master Talks present the industry's most engaging and innovative speakers. This final General Session will feature a ceremony for IDA’s Leadership in Place Management (LPM) certificants.
Master Talk Speaker:
  • Mayor Sandra Master, City of Regina, SK
  • Brent Toderian, City Planner + Urbanist, Founder, TODERIAN UrbanWORKS
  • Ebony P. Walton, Associate Director of Stakeholder Engagement, DowntownDC BID (Washington, DC)
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Location:
  • Hyatt Regency Vancouver, Third Floor
  • Learn about innovative solutions for your district during lunch! Please visit the exhibitor page for more information.
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Location:
  • Georgia B (Second Floor)
Domain:
  • Public Space Management and Operations 
Track:
  • Intermediate 
Description:
  • have historically taken on the role of playing an unofficial yet critical role – nighttime economy management. Many BIDs have been forced to pivot services to address late night issues such as clean-up of bio-waste, extra lighting, and longer shifts for ambassadors. Some even help liaise between police and venue operators to develop a collaborative safety plan. Creative solutions to nighttime challenges are being spearheaded by BID leadership. But this begs a larger question of whether BIDs should continue to play this role in a more official capacity—or if cities need to adopt a citywide social economy management position e.g. Office of Nightlife with a Nighttime Economy Manager. While the U.S. may have unique safety challenges (gun violence, car racing/sideshows, and youth congregating in social districts), the UK has a wealth of lessons learned that can be applied. Join this session and learn how cities across North America and the UK are addressing late night safety in their districts.
Learning Objectives:
  • Discuss top safety challenges associated with nighttime social venues, including new challenges that have accelerated since the pandemic started, and technological and real-time data tools to prioritize and address safety.
  • Explore public safety agencies to engage (beyond police as the end-all solution), partnerships among BIDs and safety agencies and coalition building for nightlife venue operators.
  • Learn what makes women nightlife patrons feel safe in BIDs.
Speakers:
  • Jocelyn Kane, Senior Policy Consultant, Responsible Hospitality Institute
  • Ojay MacDonald, CEO, Association of Town & City Management (Westerham, Kent)
  • Shane Zahn, Director of Safe Initiatives, Minneapolis Downtown Council (MN)
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Location:
  • Georgia A (Second Floor)
Domain:
  • Policy and Advocacy 
Track:
  • Intermediate 
Description :
  • COVID-19 has had a global impact. In the years to come, studies will assess how cities and countries dealt with the pandemic best, and which ones are now poised for future success. Listen to city leaders from Canada, New Zealand, Sweden, United Kingdom, and the United States. 
Learning Objectives:
  • Learn about these cities' varied responses to the pandemic and their successes and failures. 
  • Explore how the pandemic impacted cities and countries differently, and how there were clear benefits for some.  
  • Understand how urban place managers will play a large role in how cities recover and need to be prepared to lead.
Moderator:
  • Paul MacKinnon, CEO, Downtown Halifax Business Commission (NS) 
Speakers:
  • Bjorn Bergman, CEO, Svenska Stadskarnor (Swedish Association of Towns and Cities) (Malmo, Sweden) 
  • Kathleen Rawson, CEO, The Hollywood Partnership (CA) 
  • Gianluca Rizzo, Managing Director, Brixton BID (Brixton, London, UK)
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Location:
  • Plaza B (Second Floor)
Domain:
  • Marketing, Communications and Events 
Track:
  • Intermediate 
Description:
  • As traditional newsrooms continue to shrink and media habits change, now is the time to fill the void and create a hyperlocal news outlet inside your organization, moving beyond press releases and conventional blog content to develop the multimedia newsgathering and storytelling operation your community needs. 
Learning Objectives:
  • Define relevant strategies for hyperlocal newsgathering that support a UPMOs communications goals. 
  • Establish practical in-house editorial standards and guidelines to frame decision making. 
  • Implement tactical changes to a UPMOs digital presence that reposition it as a news outlet, adding additional voices and platforms for a holistic approach. 
Moderator:
  • Brian Carr, Director of Marketing and Communications, Midtown Alliance (Atlanta, GA) 
Speakers:
  • Ellie Hensley, Story Editor + Producer, Midtown Alliance (Atlanta, GA) 
  • Dana Schlagenhaft, Communications Director, Downtown Bentonville, Inc. (AR) 
  • Andrew Heath, Executive Director, Downtown Bentonville, Inc., Bentonville, AR
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Location:
  • Balmoral (Third Floor)
Description:
  • Join this open discussion forum and share experiences to gain insight into everyday challenges. This session will be facilitated by your peers. 
Facilitators:
  • Kate Borders, President & CEO, Downtown Tempe Authority (AZ)
  • Kate Fenske, CEO, Downtown Winnipeg BIZ (MB) 
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Location:
  • Prince of Wales & Oxford (Third Floor)
Domain:
  • Economic Development
Track:
  • Intermediate 
AICP Certification Maintenance Credits:
  • CM | 1  
Description:
  • Reimagining downtown takes more than traditional programming and events. Learn how two downtown agencies/organizations teamed up with commercial property owners and city leaders to reinvigorate their downtowns by flipping the negative impacts of COVID into a once-in-a-generation opportunity to reimagine the future of our downtowns – one storefront at a time – through inclusive entrepreneurship, incubation and pop-ups. 
Learning Objectives:
  • Discover actionable steps to lead projects from ideation to being fully funded, self-sustaining projects that can be scaled to neighborhoods and downtowns of any size.  
  • Gain inspiration and examples of alternative approaches to storefront activation and retail recruitment that empowers entrepreneurs, fill vacancies, and breathe new life into the heart of a community.  
  • Explore creating partnerships with commercial property owners and city leaders. 
Speakers:
  • Sarah K. Wiebenson, Director, Economic Development, Downtown Denver Partnership (CO) 
  • Cathleen Edgerly, Executive Director, Downtown Lansing Inc. (MI) 
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Location:
  • Plaza C (Second Floor)
Domain:
  • Leadership Development
Track:
  • Introductory
Description:
  • Join this session to learn about IDA's premier certification program and why it’s important to the place management profession and industry.
Learning Objectives:
  • Learn about the application process and eligibility requirements.
  • Gain an understanding of the exam content outline.
  • Explore what it takes to keep your certification current.
Speakers:
  • Rena Masten Leddy, LPM, Vice President, Urban Place Consulting Group, Inc. (San Francisco, CA)
  • Ragen Cote, LPM, Executive Director, Downtown Partners Sioux City (IA)
  • Carolyn Dellutri, Director of Professional Development, International Downtown Assocation (Evanston, IL)
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Location:
  • Plaza A (Second Floor)
Description:
  • Join Bird for a discussion of how UPMOs can pilot, manage, and promote successful scooter programs, followed by a live demonstration of the industry’s newest technologies. Learn how districts can use scooter share to help achieve mobility and economic development goals while maintaining beautified streets and prioritizing pedestrian safety.
  • Service Advisories are private-sector insights specifically tailored to the place management industry. This Service Advisory is presented by Bird Rides. In addition to the above content, this Service Advisory will include a demo of their product.
Speakers:
  • Jonathan Grubb, Sr Director, City Technology, Bird Rides, Inc. (Santa Monica, CA)
  • Andrea Korb, Director of Legislative Policy, Bird Rides, Inc. (Santa Monica, CA)
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Price:
  • $60
Meeting Location:
  • Meeting Location: Hyatt Regency Vancouver, First Floor Lobby, 655 Burrard Street, Vancouver, BC  
Domain:
  • Marketing, Communications and Events
Description:
  • Tour a lifestyle district in action with all the elements in play: high visibility, easy access from downtown, an affluent residential base, a marquee theatre, unique destination anchors, food and more. The South Granville BIA transitioned from a former "gallery row catering to moms" to a millennial luxury lifestyle playground attractive to the 'gram through art, public space, aspirational retail, and arts and culture. Learn how the BIA has changed the narrative to make this a place where good things happen and inspire FOMO through events, marketing and reconnection with resident needs. Visit 10 floral art installations, two public plazas and 11 murals and discuss how KPIs are used to inform and measure while encouraging Instagram-worthy experiences. Explore using Instagram to inform a marketing strategy, boost your engagement and shape your public space programming to transform your district into a buzzworthy neighbourhood.
  • *This tour includes walking and bus transportation; please plan accordingly.
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Price:
  • $35
Meeting Location:
  • Hyatt Regency Vancouver, First Floor Lobby, 655 Burrard Street, Vancouver, BC  
Domain:
  • Public Space Management and Operations 
Description:
  • Privately Owned, Publicly Accessible Spaces (POPS) hold the key to successfully activating and enhancing the urban experience. The Perch Program, operated by the Downtown Vancouver BIA (DVBIA), demonstrates the economic and social benefits of introducing activations to these spaces. Since 2013, the Perch Program has capitalized on the opportunity to transform these private spaces into publicly accessible areas and hangouts, proving that positive public spaces create a level of atmosphere and engagement that improves the emotional wellbeing of those that live, work and commute through the area. Visit key locations such as Lot 19 and other POPS to learn about the relationship development and activation potential each space provides.
  • *This tour includes walking; please plan accordingly. 
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Price:
  • $35
Meeting Location:
  • Hyatt Regency Vancouver, First Floor Lobby, 655 Burrard Street, Vancouver, BC  
Domain:
  • Public Space Management and Operations
Description:
  • How do we build, operate, program and successfully manage a vibrant public space in a complex and diverse urban centre? Visit Smithe-Richards Park, which after eight years of planning, engagement and design, has culminated in a downtown park, that opened in May of 2022. The Vancouver Park Board hopes this park will respond to the ever-changing needs of a highly urbanized and densely populated downtown, creating space for connection while also responding to complex social issues and pressures in a diverse community through a relatively small piece of park parcel. From there, walk the new bike path to Cathedral Square, where you will learn about the first large-scale public art collaboration between weaving artists from the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations in a Vancouver park. Participants will learn about the design process, including successes and challenges, cultural programming, and key partnerships in making Vancouver’s parks.
  • *This tour includes walking; please plan accordingly.
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Location:
  • Prince of Wales & Oxford (Third Floor) 
Domain:
  • Economic Development 
Track:
  • Intermediate 
AICP Certification Maintenance Credits:
  • CM | 1.25 
Description:
  • Baltimore, New Orleans and New York City were met with unexpected disasters fueled by inequality, climate change and terrorism, respectively. Listen to their stories and their city and BIDs' responses to economic development and marketing strategies.    
Learning Objectives:
  • Understand and explore the various disasters these three cities experienced.  
  • Gain economic development tools and marketing objectives. 
  • Learn to apply best practices from each of these cities back in your district.  
Speakers:
  • Claudia Jolin, Vice President, Economic Development, Downtown Partnership of Baltimore (MD) 
  • Davon Barbour, President and CEO, Downtown Development District (New Orleans, LA) 
  • Tim Tompkins, Principal & Founder, SharedCity SharedSpace (New York, NY) 
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Location:
  • Balmoral (Third Floor)
Domain:
  • Planning, Design and Infrastructure 
AICP Certification Maintenance Credits:
  • CM | 1.25 
Description:
  • The recent growth in e-mobility during the pandemic is revolutionizing movement in and around our cities, creating both opportunities and conflicts. Find out how you can harness alternative transportation to help your business district succeed. 
Learning Objectives:
  • Gain insights into e-mobility trends. 
  • Explore tools to diagnose mobility challenges and learn practical and visionary solutions to address these challenges.  
  • Share communication strategies that will help UPMO leaders educate businesses, residents and public sector decision makers on the benefits of e-mobility in your community. 
Moderator:
  • Larisa Ortiz, Managing Director, Public Non-Profit Solutions, Streetsense (Jackson Heights, NY) 
Speakers:
  • Lian Farhi, Associate – Streetscape Design Lead, Sam Schwartz Consulting (New York, NY) 
  • Paul Lipson, Principal, Barretto Bay Strategies (New York, NY) 
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Location:
  • Plaza B (Second Floor)
Domain:
  • Marketing, Communications and Events 
Track:
  • Intermediate 
Description:
  • As we all continue to recover from the setbacks of the last few years, downtown economic development professionals and marketing experts have found unique ways to accelerate the recovery and shape the narrative by creating and promoting compelling new programs and events for their districts. Learn successful strategies for deploying similar efforts in your community and the potential challenges faced along the way. In addition, participants will hear various recovery techniques, identify how they might relate to their communities, and have an opportunity to share their district's efforts with the group. 
Learning Objectives:
  • Discover a variety of approaches for shaping the narrative and leading the recovery through events and programming from economic development professionals and marketing experts. 
  • Identify how the recovery strategies discussed relate to one's own district, and the potential success and challenges of implementing elsewhere. 
  • Articulate one's own successes and challenges regarding recovery strategies and receive feedback from the group. 
Moderator:
  • Ariella Gibson, Marketing & Communications Manager, Chicago Loop Alliance (IL) 
Speakers:
  • Kiana DiStasi, Chief Marketing & Communications Officer, Chicago Loop Alliance (IL) 
  • Tiffany Tauscheck, President, Downtown DSM, Inc. (Des Moines, IA) 
  • Lauren Smith, Manager of Economic Development, Center City District (Philadelphia, PA) 
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Location:
  • Plaza C (Second Floor)
Domains:
  • Policy and Advocacy / Economic Development 
Track:
  • Intermediate / Advanced 
AICP Certification Maintenance Credits:
  • CM | 1.25 
Description:
  • Grants to support the recovery of independent, small restaurants were implemented in downtown districts in Toronto, Mexico City, London, Tokyo and Sydney. Learn how place management works in these cities and what interventions showed the most impact for small restaurants. 
Learning Objectives   :
  • Explore the impact of different interventions on small restaurant economic recovery. 
  • Identify best practices for implementing a small grant program. 
  • Discover the different roles of place management in an international context. 
Moderator:
  • Cathy Lin, AICP, Director of Research, International Downtown Association (IDA) (Washington, DC) 
Speakers:
  • Guillermo Bernal, Executive Director, Fundacion Placemaking Mexico (Mexico City) 
  • Rob Sysak, Executive Director, West Queen West BIA (Toronto, ON) 
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Location:
  • Georgia B (Second Floor)
Domain:
  • Public Space Management and Operations 
Track:
  • Introductory 
AICP Certification Maintenance Credits:
  • CM | 1 
Description:
  • Vancouver Mural Festival and Downtown Vancouver BIA’s year-round placemaking projects range from small to significant activations with many partners. Pitching innovative ideas to properties and businesses can prove challenging, but Canada’s first public Augmented Reality festival did just that as it launched amidst a pandemic in 2021. As a festival explicitly designed to withstand the shifting landscape of COVID, place management professionals will learn new ways of organizing public activations that don’t risk large event deposits to venues, artists, and creatives, as well as how to form partnerships between the arts and business communities. Districts of various sizes will gain knowledge of layered approaches to activating and managing placemaking installations in their public spaces. 
Learning Objectives:
  • Explore new programming and placemaking ideas that are innovative, winter-based, and pandemic proof. 
  • Understand stakeholder engagement and budget items required to coordinate an outdoor, arts and technology festival. 
  • Apply a multi-year strategy to grow a public space activation or event. 
Speakers:
  • Andrea Curtis, Executive Director and Co-Founder, Vancouver Mural Festival (BC) 
  • Winki Tam, Manager, Placemaking and Public Spaces, Downtown Vancouver BIA (BC)  
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Location:
  • Georgia A (Second Floor)
Domain:
  • Planning, Design and Infrastructure
Track:
  • Intermediate
AICP Certification Maintenance Credits:
  • CM | 1
Description:
  • How do we make places relevant in the age of going virtual? Join us as we separate technological folly from authentic experience design to help business districts prepare for the true placemaking success in the age of meta.
Learning Objectives:
  • Explore the full scope of bleeding-edge virtual experiences and the potential of the metaverse.
  • Understand how advanced placemaking techniques can be combined with technology to enhance the customer experience.
  • Learn from a case study of augmented reality and virtual reality applications in business districts.
Moderator:
  • Craig Lewis, Practice Area Leader - Planning, Landscape, and Urban Design, CallisonRTKL (Charlotte, NC)
Speakers:
  • Paul Conder, Principal, XD Practice, CallisonRTKL (New York, NY)
  • Nick Griffin, Executive Director, Downtown Center BID (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Angela Acosta, Associate Principal, CallisonRTKL (Los Angeles, CA)
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Location:
  • Plaza A (Second Floor)
Description:
  • Trends in marketing come and go, but a robust interactive website continues to act as the foundation for digital content marketing. In this session, Jim Blakeslee will present the results of Geocentric’s 2022 Downtown Digital Survey, a summary look at downtown district websites and how they perform across some key measures of audience, acquisition and behavior. Attendees will learn how to quickly score their own websites in terms of performance, accessibility, best practices and search engine optimization, then see how they rank against their IDA peers.
  • Service Advisories are private-sector insights specifically tailored to the place management industry. This Service Advisory is presented by Geocentric. In addition to the above content, this Service Advisory will include a demo of their products and services.
Speaker:
  • Jim Blakeslee, President, Geocentric (Bethesda, MD)
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Location:
  • Hyatt Regency Vancouver, Second Floor
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Price:
  • $35
Meeting Location:
  • Hyatt Regency Vancouver, First Floor Lobby, 655 Burrard Street, Vancouver, BC  
Domain:
  • Marketing, Communications and Events 
Description:
  • This walking tour will provide a historical background of the Canadian National Historic Site, Gastown, and showcase the City of Vancouver, which happens to be a city incorporated on the foundation of a bar. The history of cocktails is used to understand how this neighbourhood grew from its humble beginnings to the diverse hospitality-centric place it is today. Along the way, participants will experience how Gastown is developing its historic buildings to meet the demand of a growing city for citizens in the future. Combine cocktails, education and a dialog of ideas while enjoying this gem of a neighbourhood! A great way to transition from a day of educational sessions into the leisure of night – and learn a few things along the way
  • *This tour includes walking; please plan accordingly.  
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Price:
  • $35
Meeting Location:
  • Hyatt Regency Vancouver, First Floor Lobby, 655 Burrard Street, Vancouver, BC  
Domain:
  • Public Space Management and Operations
Description:
  • Get to know the community safety operations of one of the largest BIAs, Downtown Vancouver BIA (DVBIA). This tour will begin at the DVBIA office, where participants will view the main operations room and meet the Safety Ambassadors and Clean Team Members. Next, a guided walk on the streets of downtown Vancouver will cover the roles and responsibilities of the Community Safety Team, showcasing how they report safety concerns and cleanliness issues. The team will also share real-life scenarios and best practice examples.
  • *This tour includes walking; please plan accordingly.
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Price:
  • $60
Meeting Location:
  • Hyatt Regency Vancouver, First Floor Lobby, 655 Burrard Street, Vancouver, BC  
Domain:
  • Public Space Management and Operations
Description:
  • This tour will cover six areas within Yaletown that narrate how the spaces evolved into vibrant destinations over the years, including Roundhouse Plaza, Bill Curtis Square, Helmcken Plaza, Hamilton Terrace, and activated commercial storefronts like Brooklyn and Starbucks. Yaletown BIA has activated public spaces by intervening in underutilized areas that were vacant loading docks and are now converted into public art destinations and some of the hottest restaurant patios. New plazas, created through COVID street closures, make spaces for people, and existing plazas have been reinvigorated into attractive Instagram destinations typically activated year-round. Participants will begin at Yaletown Roundhouse, cover a brief history of the railway district and view Canada's only heritage railway turntable, now transformed into a public activation and entertainment stage. As the tour winds up, enjoy happy hour at one of the plaza or patio spaces.
  • *This tour includes walking and transportation; please plan accordingly.  
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Location:
  • Balmoral (Third Floor)
Domain:
  • Economic Development 
Track:
  • Intermediate
AICP Certification Maintenance Credits:
  • CM | 1.25 
Description:
  • From local restaurants and breweries to unique cultural experiences, main streets are often a key brand pillar for tourism destinations and integral hubs of the visitor economy. Join speakers as they unpack strategies to foster partnerships with state and county destination management organizations and align rural downtown assets with regional tourism strategies. 
Learning Objectives:
  • Define industry sectors that contribute to the visitor economy and its impacts to downtown and regional destinations. 
  • Foster collaboration and advocate for joint programs and efforts with regional destination management organizations. 
  • Design resources that connect small businesses to regional tourism experiences. 
Moderator:
  • Larisa Ortiz, Managing Director, Public Non-Profit Solutions, Streetsense (Jackson Heights, NY) 
Speakers:
  • Bill Bacon, Director, Livingston County Economic Development (Geneseo, NY) 
  • Melissa Hughes, Director of Tourism, Visit LivCo (Geneseo, NY) 
  • Alexa Carey, Director, Community-Based Services, Travel Oregon/Oregon Tourism Commission (Portland, OR) 
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Location:
  • Georgia B (Second Floor)
Domain:
  • Planning, Design and Infrastructure 
Track:
  • Intermediate 
AICP Certification Maintenance Credits:
  • CM | 1.25 
Description:
  • For the past two decades, North America has faced the most urban housing market since WWII – offering unparalleled opportunity to transform housing into a powerful tool to enliven downtown streets, attract talent, create innovation districts, expand fiscal benefits, and yield similarly rich dividends for downtowns, cities and regions they lead. 
Learning Objectives:
  • Make the case for growing mixed-income downtown housing to a wide range of stakeholders, representing diverse concerns and perspectives. 
  • Plan for additional downtown housing in ways that achieve core objectives for expanding downtown retail, enlivening important streets and public spaces, promoting downtown's appeal for talent, and similar goals.  
  • Play a more proactive role in achieving additional downtown housing by expanding your organization's ability to spur and participate in redevelopment. 
Speakers:
  • David Dixon, FAIA, Vice President, Stantec’s Urban Places Fellow (Boston, MA) 
  • Annie MacInnis, Executive Director, Kensington Business Revitalization Zone (Calgary, AB) 
  • Brett Roler, Vice President of Planning and Development, Downtown Memphis Commission (TN) 
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Location:
  • Prince of Wales & Oxford (Third Floor)
Domain:
  • Leadership Development 
Track:
  • Introductory 
Description:
  • As the importance of inclusive downtowns and city centers becomes increasingly apparent, many place management organizations struggle to appropriately embed equity in their operations. Using tangible and current examples, this session will illustrate how organizations can leverage organizational equity commitments into culturally responsive placemaking that thoughtfully increases their impact and community leadership position. 
Learning Objectives:
  • Learn how place management organizations are navigating local community, social and political realities to create more diverse, equitable and inclusive organizations. 
  • Discover how a race, place and identity lens is the building block for place management organizations in creating inclusive and thriving downtowns in their communities. 
  • Find out how a strategic planning process with an approach to Culturally Responsive Placemaking as a sustained practice is attainable and embedded into action agendas. 
Speakers:
  • Ishmael Nuñez, Director of Community and Placemaking, BDS Planning & Urban Design (Seattle, WA) 
  • Austin Metoyer, Economic Development and Policy Manager, Downtown Long Beach Alliance (CA) 
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Location:
  • Plaza A (Second Floor)
Description:
  • Join this open discussion forum and share experiences to gain insight into everyday challenges. This session will be facilitated by your peers. 
Facilitators:
  • Anita Lauricella, Senior Planner/Project Manager, Boston BID (MA)
  • Nick Griffin, Executive Director, Downtown Center BID (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Nick Griffin, Executive Director, Downtown Center BID (Los Angeles, CA)
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Location:
  • Plaza B (Second Floor)
Domain:
  • Marketing, Communications and Events 
Track:
  • Intermediate  
Description:
  • Join this crash course and learn a step-by-step process for event branding that you can apply to your own projects right away. Learn how to dive into design thinking from a place manager’s perspective, offering support and consideration of details like incorporating sponsors, creating cohesive looks across several events and place branding vs. event branding. 
Learning Objectives:
  • Distill it Down: Figure out which event details are most helpful from a branding standpoint. 
  • Plan the Look: Gather inspiration and identify visual patterns to create a brand that stands out. 
  • Edit Strategically: Successfully edit design work and approach feedback well. 
Speaker:
  • Tenley Schwartz, Marketing Manager, Downtown Sioux Falls, Inc. (SD)  
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Location:
  • Georgia A (Second Floor)
Domain:
  • Public Space Management and Operations 
Track:
  • Intermediate 
AICP Certification Maintenance Credits:
  • CM | 1
Description:
  • Richer environments can be created downtown by going well beyond the current practices of placemaking.  Join this session and learn about a unique suite of tools and techniques that borrow from psychology, habitat restoration and retail practices to point to future directions for addressing the health of our cities. 
Learning Objectives   :
  • Discover a new set of sophisticated programming and design techniques relevant to place management as well as new development projects. 
  • Gain knowledge into principles for managing downtowns and for working with planning and design consultants to get the right results. 
  • Explore vivid examples from across the country that demonstrate the principles and make the knowledge more transferable. 
Speaker:
  • Phil Myrick, CEO, Phil Myrick, LLC (Pleasantville, NY) 
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Location:
  • Plaza C (Second Floor)
Description:
  • Due to pervasive public space waste issues, creating clean, welcoming, sustainable and resource-efficient spaces that engage and delight communities is an ongoing challenge for UPMOs. Learn how BigBelly combats visible waste, windblown litter, rats, birds, excessive waste collection, lack of recycling and compost infrastructure, and demands on maintenance staff. Bigbelly’s innovative waste system not only solves public space waste challenges, but BIDs leverage Bigbelly to strengthen cultural identity, community engagement and communication through a ubiquitous platform.
  • Service Advisories are private-sector insights specifically tailored to the place management industry. This Service Advisory is presented by Bigbelly. In addition to the above content, this Service Advisory will include a demo of BigBelly’s products.
Speakers:
  • Brian Phillips, President & CEO, Bigbelly (Needham, MA)
  • John Caner, CEO, Downtown Berkeley Association (CA)
  • Alonso Vivas, Executive Director, Clean & Safe Program, Downtown San Diego Partnership (CA)
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Location:
  • Science World, 1455 Quebec St, Vancouver, BC V6A 3Z7
  • What better way to close out the 2022 Annual Conference & Marketplace than at Science World, a charitable non-profit and science centre based in Vancouver that engages learners across the province in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art & design and math). Science World is making science-learning opportunities accessible to communities across BC, all with the goal of igniting wonder and empowering dreams. This reception will be held indoors.
Transportation :
  • The Science World is 2.5 kilometres from the host hotel, Hyatt Regency Vancouver. Shuttles will be available beginning at 4:45 p.m., departing from the Hyatt Regency Vancouver Ground Floor, off Melville Steet (Northeast entrance). Shuttles will run on a continuous loop until 8:00 p.m., dropping off at Science World, on Quebec Street returning to the hotel.

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