Advancing Places: Housing Attainability

Overview: Every community needs housing options that meet a diversity of incomes and lifestyles. Downtowns, city centers and neighborhood districts throughout North America are working to make attainable housing a reality for people seeking an urban lifestyle. Urban place management organizations of all sizes and resource levels can play a role in encouraging more housing at a variety of price points and of varying styles.

What can urban place management leaders do to make attainable housing a reality? Hear from three panelists as they discuss their work towards attainable housing goals in their city. Learn how districts can leverage private and public sector connection, board and bylaw development, and foster new initiatives that reduce the cost of an urban lifestyle to ensure housing attainability.

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

Learning Objectives

  • Learn how your organization can be pro-active in attainable housing advocacy.
  • Understand the financial dynamics at play in the housing market.
  • Develop a starting point for approaching urban housing issues in any size city.

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Domain: Economic Development

Pricing: IDA Members: Free | Nonmembers: $40

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 Deemer, Executive Vice President for Business Development, Downtown Cleveland Alliance (Cleveland, OH)
  • Amy Geren, Program Director, Portland Downtown (Portland, ME)
  • Ray Gibbs, RLA, ASLA, Executive Director, Forward High Point (High Point, NC)


  • David Downey, President & CEO,  International Downtown Association



Michael Deemer


Amy Geren


Ray Gibbs

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