Advancing Places: Entrepreneurship and Retail Pop-Ups

Overview: With the pandemic lingering into the coming months, unfortunately we are all seeing vacancies pop up in our districts.  Join this session and learn about how two downtown organizations and one economic development corporation worked with partners to create pop-up retail programs to recruit, train and assist entrepreneurs with starting a business.  We all need to be forward thinking during these times and realize we need to cultivate new businesses to fill those vacant spaces.  Attend this session to learn from these experienced economic development professionals and see how they are creating new programs to cultivate business.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn what it takes to cultivate new tenants.
  • Understand how to make the numbers work when working with the tenant and the property owner.
  • Identify the long term impacts for your business district

August 28, 2020 | 11:15am ET (8:15am PT) 

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Domain: Economic Development

CM Credit: 1
AICP members can earn Certification Maintenance (CM) credits for this webinar. More information about AICP’s CM program can be found here

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.


  • Bill King, President and Chief Executive Officer, Downtown Raleigh Alliance (Raleigh, NC)

  • Brandye Merriweather, Vice President – Downtown Development, Buffalo Urban Development Corporation (Buffalo, NY) 

  • Scott Murphy, Vice President, Economic Development Downtown Dayton Partnership (Dayton, OH)


  • David Downey, President & CEO,  International Downtown Association (IDA)



Bill King


Brandye Merriweather


Scott Murphy

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