Advancing Places: From Pop-Up to Permanent

Overview: Join this session and learn how three different organizations are incubating businesses in a pop-up environment to create immediate buzz and interest, potentially leading to long-term tenants in their district.  First you will learn how one organization leveraged the districts available space to lure in burgeoning locals and international mega brands, health and wellness providers, cultural organizations and emerging culinary entrepreneurs, through a newly realized, expansive pop-up program. Next, you will learn about another pop-up program offering space and wrap-around technical assistance to innovative retailers, restaurants, entrepreneurs, makers and creatives in fashion, design, technology, food, the arts, wellness and more. And in the final presentation you will learn about a program that started in 2018 and was developed around partnerships with property owners and corporate and philanthropic sponsors to attract BIPOC business startups.

Learning Objectives: 

  • Learn how each organization assisted with tenant-ready spaces, and who provided the buildout and paid the utilities.
  • Understand the importance of having agreements between property owners, potential business owners and your organization.
  • Discover strategies for activating vacant ground floor space and collaborating with your small and local business community.

October 1, 2021 | 11:15am ET (8:15am PT) 

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Domain: Economic Development

Pricing: IDA Members: Free | Nonmembers: $40

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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.


  • Dan Collison, Director of Downtown Partnerships, Minneapolis Downtown Council (Minneapolis, MN)
  • Karyn Miller, Director of Planning, Art, and Activation, Golden Triangle Business Improvement District (Washington, DC)
  • Timothy F. Schmand, Executive Director, Lincoln Road Business Improvement District (Miami, FL)


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



Dan Collison


Karyn Miller


Timothy F. Schmand

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