Emerging Leader Fellowship
The IDA Emerging Leader Fellowship is a week-long experiential program that brings together a cohort of IDA professionals from within the place management profession. The fellows will learn essential leadership and place management skills and gain practical tools in the areas of place-based economic development, the live-work-play experience, and public-private partnerships. 

Who is eligible to attend?
This program is for mid-career place management professionals who are currently employed by a place management organization as a CEO new to the industry; a senior staff member in a large organization; or an executive director of a small to mid-sized organization looking to advance their skills. If you aspire to lead an organization one day, this is an opportunity you won’t want to miss. This program is not for consultants or vendors who provide services to place management organizations. 

How are applicants accepted?
IDA is looking to create a diverse cohort of fellows with a variety of professional backgrounds, organization size, geographies and demographics. It is important to IDA that we are successful in our efforts to have a diverse cohort. Space is limited to 30 professionals. Attendees must be IDA members. 

When, where and cost?
IDAELF24 will take place June 2-7, 2024 in New York City, NY.  The program cost is $2,750 USD and includes expert speakers, program materials, meals each day and a subway pass for the week. Price does not include hotel, airfare, airport transfers, or any other incidentals you may incur.  

Applications are due to IDA by Wednesday, November 1, 2023 at 11:59 pm ET. Applicants must complete several brief essay questions and submit the following:  

  • Two letters of recommendation,  
  • Updated resume and bio   
  • Recent high-resolution color headshot.  

Please contact Carolyn Dellutri, IDA Director of Professional Development, at with any questions about the program. 

To start your application, please login to Submittable or easily create a free account. Note, this is separate from your IDA account login. You can stop, save and return to your work at any time before the deadline. When you’ve completed the form on Submittable, please click ‘Submit’ at the bottom. 

How will I know if I’m accepted?
The final cohort will be selected by February 1, 2024.  You will be notified via email from Carolyn Dellutri, IDA Director of Professional Development.  

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Space is limited to 30 professionals. Attendees must be IDA members. The hotel accommodations and travel are at the expense of the attendee. Attendees will be required to stay at the IDA selected hotel during the week of the program. A room block has been secured by IDA and will be announced once attendees have been accepted and notified. 

ELF Program
This program is a sample and subject to change. 

Past ELF Cohorts
To see past Emerging Leader cohorts, click here.