Advancing Places: Cementing UPMO Leadership Role in Economic Development (recording)

Overview: With businesses facing an existential crisis and municipalities cutting budgets in 2020, UPMOs were forced to take the lead on triage and recovery. This session will explain how the pandemic experience and crisis management can translate into a permanent and lasting role in economic development.

Learning Objectives: 

  • Learn how UPMOs can elevate their role in economic development over the longer term.
  • Become familiar with the specific programs and initiatives that comprise this role.
  • Understand how UPMOs can access additional funding for such purposes.

November 5, 2021 | 11:15am ET (8:15am PT) 

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Domain: Economic Development

Pricing: IDA Members: Free | Nonmembers: $40

CM | 1

AICP members can earn Certification Maintenance (CM) credits for this webinar. More information about AICP’s CM program can be found here.

Advancing Places is an online series aimed at empowering IDA members with the solutions needed to address the most critical urban issues of the day. This session will include a moderated Q&A and will be recorded for member and nonmember use in the future.


  • Michael Berne, President, MJB Consulting (Berkeley, CA)
  • Tim Rissesco, MBA, Executive Director, Downtown Dartmouth Business Commission (Nova Scotia)
  • Ashley Kershner, Executive Director, Downtown Lynchburg Association (VA)


  • Carolyn Dellutri, Director of Professional Development, International Downtown Association (IDA)



Michael J. Berne


Tim Rissesco


Gina Cavaliere

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