Advancing Places: Public Private Partnerships for Placemaking and Activations

Overview: Activating public space is crucial to bringing people back to the district as we move into recovery mode.  Making this happen takes a lot of work developing the right partnerships to make your activations successful.  Learn from two seasoned professionals how they approached activations during the pandemic and how they are moving into recovery mode which includes incorporating storefronts to benefit businesses more directly.

Learning Objectives: 

  • Learn what it takes to build community trust.
  • How to recognize and engage the right partners.
  • How social media plays an important role in promoting and supporting successful activations.

May 21, 2021 | 11:15am ET  (8:15am PT) 

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Domain: Public Space Management and Operations

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 Edwards, CEO, Chicago Loop Alliance (Chicago, IL)
  • Elizabeth Burt, Director of Urban Activation + Play, Centro San Antonio (San Antonio, TX)


  • David Downey, President & CEO,  International Downtown Association



Michael Edwards


Elizabeth Burt

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