Advancing Places: Retail Is Changing. Are You? (recording)

Overview: Brick and mortar retail, especially during the pandemic, is changing drastically but our downtown recruitment efforts aren’t keeping up. These shared spaces and new real estate models lower the barriers for micro-businesses to grow and are an essential way to increase opportunities for women and product business owners of color. Join this session to learn about why these changes are happening and discuss key business sectors to tap like small-scale manufacturing. Engage in a discussion about the range of shared spaces opening with varying retail models – art co-ops, shared kitchen, community video/photos studios, makerspaces, micro-retail and more. The speakers will also discuss funding mechanisms, how to use ARPA dollars to achieve these outcomes and policy mechanisms to allow and support these uses.

Learning Objectives: 

  • Develop resiliency in your city by expanding the traditional view of retail to include small-scale manufacturing, food production, and other maker-oriented activities.
  • Strengthen your retail market and reduce vacancies with shared spaces, co-ops, pop-ups, online sales, and other creative economic development options.
  • Learn how to use mission-driven projects to spur social change, lower barriers to entry for historically excluded groups, and increase diversity within your retail sector.
  • Learn how to bypass supply chain issues by investing in circular economy frameworks and small-scale manufacturing within your region.

Friday, December 3, 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.


  • Carrie Gartner, Executive Director, The Loop Community Improvement District (Columbia, MO)
  • Skyra Rideaux, Owner, Rideaux Economic Development Co. (Austin, TX)
  • Ilana Preuss, Founder & CEO, Recast City (Takoma Park, MD)


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

Carrie Gartner


Skyra Rideaux


Ilana Preuss

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