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2023 West Coast Urban District Forum

About West Coast Urban District Forum

Join the San Jose Downtown Association, California Downtown Association (CDA) and the International Downtown Association (IDA) for the West Coast Urban District Forum on March 29-31, 2023.  This year’s theme – Leading in Transformative Times – will address how we, as place managers lead our districts to survive and thrive in these challenging times.  

We will explore leadership skills and strategies needed to sustain and grow strong communities and discover new ways to motivate our staff, boards, and stakeholders. Hear from industry leaders and experts on transforming communities with an equity lens in retail, office market, public safety, homelessness and mental health while networking and sharing best practices with our peers.  Join us in San Jose, California, where we will learn from the local and Bay Area tech and university communities about designing for the future.

San Jose Downtown Association, a non-profit, membership-based organization founded in 1986 to represent business and property owners, covers over 100 blocks in the historic yet rapidly developing center of San Jose. SJDA makes downtown a better place for businesses, residents and visitors through events, advocacy, marketing and more. SJDA also manages the San Jose Downtown Property Owners Association, a PBID focused on clean, safe, and beautiful programming, and the San Jose Downtown Foundation, a charitable organization dedicated to arts and art education in downtown. We look forward to seeing you in San Jose! 

Conference Details

WCUDF23 will be held at the San Jose Marriott hotel, located at 301 S Market St, San Jose, CA 95113 and at various locations throughout downtown San Jose. 

Discover DTSJ and explore its five distinctive districts here. 

Get social! What questions will you come ready to ask? Share them on Twitter #WCUDF23. 

Registration is now open for the 2023 West Coast Urban District Forum. In order to register for the Forum, you need to either have an account in IDA’s database or you must create one. If you previously registered for an event in the past, you should have an account in the database. All below prices are USD.  

  • Early Bird Rate until Wednesday, February 22, 2023: $375 Member | $425 Nonmember 
  • Standard Rate until Wednesday, March 22, 2023: $425 Member | $475 Nonmember 
  • On-site Registration Rate available Wednesday, March 29, 2023: $475 Member | $525 Nonmember 

Daily rates are also available. 

  • Early Bird Rate (Thursday only) until Wednesday, February 22, 2023: $275 
  • Standard Rate (Thursday only) until Wednesday, March 22, 2023: $300 
  • Early Bird Rate (Friday only) until Wednesday, February 22, 2023: $225 
  • Standard Rate (Friday only) until Wednesday, March 22, 2023: $275

Register Now

CDA Members: If you are logged into the system and are not able to see the member pricing as noted above, please get in touch with registration@downtown.org for assistance before proceeding with your event registration.  

Mentor Program: CDA has designed a program to match you with a mentor prior to attending the West Coast Urban District Forum. You will be notified via email by your mentor to set up a time to either talk on the phone or meet at the forum. Sign up by checking the box “Match me with a Mentor” during registration. Questions? Email registration@downtown.org 

Cancellation Policy: Written notice of cancellation is required. Written notice of cancellation is required. Cancellations received via email by March 8, 2023, will receive a refund less a $100 processing fee. Cancellations received via email after March 8, 2023, will not be refunded. If a tour cancellation is received via email by March 8, 2023, there will be no penalty. Tour cancellations received via email after March 8, 2023 will not receive a refund. Refunds will be processed approximately 30 days after the event. Please email the cancellation notification to the International Downtown Association at registration@downtown.org.  

Substitutions: Substitutions of complete registrations (including tours and/or workshops) are gladly accepted prior to the event start date. Please submit a written request to registration@downtown.org before Monday, March 27, 2023 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.   

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

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.  

Outstanding Balance: Please note, if you have an outstanding balance for this event and/or tour(s), you will not receive your badge on-site or be allowed to attend tours until payment is received. Please contact registration@downtown.org prior to your arrival on-site to pay your outstanding balance. 

By registering you are agreeing to IDA’s Event Agreement and Code of Conduct and IDA Attendee Assumption of Risk, Waiver and Release Form. 

The San Jose Marriott, located at 301 S Market St, San Jose, CA 95113, is offering a rate of $209 USD per night, plus tax, for a standard room for WCUDF23 attendees. Please book your room by Monday, March 6, 2023 online. Valet parking is available at $7.00 per hour for the first 3 hours, $28USD for 3-6 hours with a maximum of $49USD per day per vehicle. Local self-parking options are also available here. Parking can be found at $25USD per day without in and out privileges at the San Jose Convention Center, connected to the San Jose Marriott.

About San Jose Marriott
San Jose Marriott is a stylish hotel retreat in a dynamic downtown location. Explore diverse attractions, including SAP Center, Levi’s Stadium and San Jose State University. Enjoy a refreshing swim in the hotel’s rooftop pool or exhilarating workout in the fitness center. 

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

Travel
Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC) is approximately 8 minutes (4.3 miles) from the San Jose Marriott hotel. Taxi/Uber/Lyft is approximately $20-30 USD one-way. 

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. 

By attending the 2023 West Coast Urban District Forum, certified Leaders in Place Management will earn 8 credit hours toward the renewal of their LPM certification. Please visit downtown.org/certification to learn more about becoming certified or recording continuing education units. 

IDA is an AICP credit provider. AICP members can earn Certification Maintenance (CM) credits for sessions. When CM credits are available, they are noted in the program. IDA’s 2023 sessions provide an easy way for AICP certified planners to earn their CM credits. 

Preview the schedule-at-a-glance below (program is subject to change). To see the full description, click on the down arrow next to the title. The program will be updated in the coming weeks. Please note, all times listed are Pacific Time and all prices are in USD. 

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

To see an example of a past West Coast Urban District Forum program, click here. 

Conference Program

  • Wednesday 29 Mar 2023
  • Thursday 30 Mar 2023
  • Friday 31 Mar 2023

Wednesday 29 Mar 2023

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Location:
  • San Jose Marriott Salon I/II Foyer (Second Floor)
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Price:
  • $25
Meeting Location:
  • San Jose Marriott, Lobby, 301 S Market St.
Domain:
  • Economic Development
Description:
  • Tour downtown San Jose's most innovative development projects, including a hardhat tour of the fourth tower added to Adobe's world headquarters. Adobe's original three towers, completed and first occupied between 1996-2003, helped shape a new generation of downtown commercial development, and are connected to this fourth tower by the first ever skybridge across a city street in San Jose. *This tour includes transportation and walking; please plan accordingly.
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Price:
  • $50
Meeting Location:
  • San Jose Marriott, Lobby, 301 S Market St.
Domain:
  • Public Space Management & Operations
Description:
  • This curated tour will focus on murals painted by various artists–both local and global–and the art institutions that set the stage for these amazing works of public art. The artists and art institutions work with city staff, property owners and downtown district groups. Attendees will be able to view pieces while riding pedicabs through downtown San Jose. Additionally, there will be stops at the Institute of Contemporary Art San Jose, KALEID Gallery and MACLA, three arts organizations who are an integral part of San Jose's arts and culture community. *This tour includes a pedicab; please plan accordingly.

Thursday 30 Mar 2023

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Location:
  • San Jose Marriott Salon I/II Foyer (Second Floor)
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Location:
  • San Jose Marriott Ballroom Salon I/II/III (Second Floor)
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Location:
  • San Jose Marriott Ballroom Salon I/II/III (Second Floor)

Friday 31 Mar 2023

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Location:
  • San Jose Marriott Salon I/II Foyer (Second Floor)
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Location:
  • San Jose Marriott Ballroom Salon I/II/III (Second Floor)

Sponsors

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Interesting in Joining CDA? CDA’s membership is diverse, representing hundreds of small businesses and property owners on main streets and in the historic downtowns and business districts. View CDA’s Membership website for more information.

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Interested in Hosting?

If you are interested in hosting a future event, contact Lul Teklit, IDA’s Meeting Planner. 

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Questions?

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

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