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Economic Development

A primary objective for place managers is fostering a healthy, sustainable, diverse and prosperous economy for the managed place. The place manager collaborates and works closely with various levels of local and regional economic development organizations, developers, real estate brokers, private firms, philanthropic foundations, destination management organizations, non-profits, and state and federal government agencies, while representing the specific and unique needs, challenges and trends of the managed place.

Additionally, the place manager will work to recruit and retain businesses, conduct market research, encourage a strong local workforce, maintain a diverse mix of commercial and residential development, and facilitate a built environment that is accessible for all users to live, work, play, visit and invest.

The Current Narrative on the Retail Industry

April 15, 2019 Presentation

In the age of Amazon and the explosive growth of online retail the rumors of the death of brick and mortar have been greatly exaggerated. Mike Bern, Principal at MJB Consulting, walks through the numbers around today’s retail industry and shares his insights on what will help downtown retail remain competitive and relevant against online retail.

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City of Tulsa Advisory Panel: How to Bring Bustle to Downtown

April 15, 2019 Advisory Panel

IDA’s Advisory Panels are a time-tested way to explore new ideas, solve difficult problems, and rally the board, staff and community around priority projects or topics. This panel was asked to assess the downtown’s on-the-street activity, street level offerings, and the governance and partnerships managing the downtown area. The report details the panel’s findings and recommendations.

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Colorado Springs ULI/IDA Advisory Panel: Affecting a Downtown Reniassance

April 15, 2019 Advisory Panel

IDA’s Advisory Panels are a time-tested way to explore new ideas, solve difficult problems, and rally the board, staff and community around priority projects or topics. This panel was tasked with creating a strategy for a downtown renaissance. The panel highlighted assets to leverage, identified challenges, and identified specific opportunities to execute high-payoff actions to focus time and funding on. The presentation details the panel’s findings and recommendations.

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Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership Advisory Panel: Strategy for Housing Growth

April 15, 2019 Advisory Panel

IDA’s Advisory Panels are a time-tested way to explore new ideas, solve difficult problems, and rally the board, staff and community around priority projects or topics. This panel was asked to identify the challenges and obstacles for building new housing in downtown, as well as identify resources and tools available for creating new housing. The report details the panel’s findings and recommendations.

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Wheaton Central Business District Advisory Panel: How to Leverage County Assets in Downtown

April 15, 2019 Advisory Panel

IDA’s Advisory Panels are a time-tested way to explore new ideas, solve difficult problems, and rally the board, staff and community around priority projects or topics. This panel weighed in on how to best use county land assets and strategically locate and leverage valuable amenities in downtown to spur growth. The report details the panel’s findings and recommendations.

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Downtown Cleveland Alliance Advisory Panel: Comprehensive Housing Strategy for Downtown Cleveland

April 15, 2019 Advisory Panel

IDA’s Advisory Panels are a time-tested way to explore new ideas, solve difficult problems, and rally the board, staff and community around priority projects or topics. This panel was focused on workforce housing demand and social equity, as well as physical connections in central city and oppertunities for collaboration on housing issues among various community development organizations. The report details the panel’s findings and recommendations.

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Nighttime Economy: A Guide for Emerging, Growing and Established Downtowns

April 15, 2019 Presentation

The members of the Nighttime Economy Top Issues Council will present their findings and explain their process in the drafting of the various facets of a healthy nighttime economy. Delve deeper into the four main topics discussed in the final Top Issues Council report: Nighttime Infrastructure, Social and community safety, Activation and Engagement, and Quality of Life Mitigation.

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How Data Guides Your Future – Experience From Abroad

April 15, 2019 Presentation

What are the key interventions to secure the sustainability of your downtown? How do you prioritise decisions? A $1.3 million research study in the UK provides insight. It identifies the 25 key local interventions that BIDs should take. Using pedestrian flow counts, the research has also identified four types of centres with differing usage patterns and needs. Find out about the new classification of centres and why the new evidence-based decision-making approach is being adopted.

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If You Build It, They Will Come – Building and Promoting Your Retail Destinations

April 15, 2019 Presentation

This session delves into attracting a consumer base in the changing retail environment through the creation of specific economic development initiatives and strategic destination marketing to drive traffic. Using two case studies, the Selden Market and Glebe Spree 150, Speakers will discuss the relationship between building retail spaces and promoting those places to draw consumers again and again.

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Innovation Districts 2.0: Lessons Learned from Early Adopters and Future Action

April 15, 2019 Presentation

Dozens of cities have designated specific neighborhoods as “innovation districts.” These districts have three essential components: anchor institutions, entrepreneurs and amenities. While some pieces of a district may emerge organically, activating a district to benefit the entire city requires purposeful action and leadership.

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