Leadership is the ability to positively influence those over whom we have no authority. Successful urban place management begins with successful leadership that inspires trust, inclusivity and vision. The place manager inspires a culture of leadership and vision that permeates the organization. In addition, they assume a leadership role in creating a long-term strategic plan for a managed place while building an internal team focused on implementing and promoting the mission, values and objectives of that plan. The urban place manager must build meaningful relationships with various stakeholders including, but not limited to, board members, property owners, nonprofit partners, government officials, residents and business owners. Place managers are proactive, industrious and creative community leaders.
A New Director’s Guide to Thrive Your First One to Three Years
So, you’ve landed the position of President/CEO or Executive Director, now what? Join this session and learn from two professionals who have transitioned into leadership roles of urban place management organizations. Learn how to navigate your first year and set reasonable expectations for success for years to come.
We Aren’t Placemaking, We Are People Making
We have an opportunity to use experience, a pandemic and data to inform how we cultivate our greatest assets, our people. Before we can “reopen” our districts (as if they were ever closed), we must address the anxieties, fears, languishing, burnout and uncertainties of the past year. If we don’t, then we are asking people to walk out of a burning building, shake it off and build a new building. We can do better.
Strategic Planning During (and After) COVID
This session will dive into strategic planning and what it looks like coming out of the pandemic. Panelists will reflect on their experiences leading strategic planning processes during this once-in-a-generation disruption. We’ll also look forward to what’s already changed, what hasn’t and what needs to change when it comes to strategic planning for organizations.
So You Want to Be More Diverse? Diversifying the Place Management Industry from the Inside Out
Equity, diversity and inclusion are popular buzzwords, but how are organizations really implementing these initiatives? This roundtable discussion is about diversifying the place management industry from the inside out. We want to uncover the personal experiences of minorities and highlight organizational challenges and successes around increasing staff and board diversity as well as efforts to support minorities.
2021 Pinnacle Award Winner Highlights
Learn the behind-the-scenes of how these Downtown Achievement Pinnacle award winners worked through the pandemic to produce award-winning projects.
IDA Leadership in Place Management Certification Program Launch
After years of work to codify our profession, IDA’s Professional Development Committee, and newly created Leadership in Place Management (LPM) Commission, has launched the premier certification program for urban place management professionals. Join this session and learn more about the program and why it’s important to the urban place management profession and industry.Read More
The Gloves Are Coming Off: We Have To Fight for What We Need
The future of downtowns, urban centers and commercial neighbors, while uncertain, will clearly have to evolve to address the public health endemic, reverse the effects of climate change and create truly just and complete communities. The federal government will play a key role in supporting these efforts, but it requires IDA to be strong advocate in the Capitol. Join us for a discussion of federal-level public policy and the lobby efforts needed to restore the core for our cities.
Adapting Public Realm Innovations to Post-Pandemic Downtowns
How can mixed-use downtowns build on learnings from COVID-19 to enhance the public realm and boost commercial vibrancy? This session explores opportunities for BIDs to adapt pilot projects developed in the last year (shared/pedestrian priority streets, temporary plazas and outdoor dining) into long-term initiatives to increase foot traffic, retail activation and entice office tenants to return to the workplace.
Kathleen Rawson Master Talk 2021
Kathleen Rawson has more than 30 years of experience in both Hospitality and Destination Management. For the past 25 years, Kathleen has served as the CEO of Downtown Santa Monica, Inc., a private/nonprofit company contracted with the City of Santa Monica to manage programs to enhance the vitality of the District. During her tenure, Kathleen has successfully transformed Downtown Santa Monica into the largest property based assessment district, by budget, in the State of California.
Kevin Plummer Master Talk
Kevin Plummer is the Immediate-Past Chairman of the Tampa Downtown Partnership. Formerly, Kevin served on the Board of the Executive Steering Committee of the Friends of the Riverwalk. He is a 13-year member of the Tampa Downtown Partnership, and oversaw six years of educational space renovations particularly with local architects Holmes Hepner and Associates and iConstructors, turning roughly 65K square feet of renovated space into active learning environments.