Knowledge Center

Organizational Management

Place management harnesses and captures the value and growth potential that unique places have. It is the role of the place manager to uphold the strategic plan, implementing a sustainable revenue stream, working within the confines of local and state legislation, establishing and maintaining various taxing and levy structures, and managing a diverse and inclusive staff. Place managers focus on consensus building and negotiating to effectively manage relationships and solve complex place-based problems.

The Balancing Act of Managing Nightlife

March 09, 2020 Presentation

Jim Peters, Founder and President of the Responsible Hospitality Institute moderates a panel of urban place management organization leaders with nightlife programs and discusses the rise of the Night Mayor role for urban centers.

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Economic Development 201 for Downtown Organizations

March 09, 2020 Presentation

A presentation building on the fundamentals of downtown economic development, focusing on how to build outside partnerships and curate funding resources.

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Sponsorships, Marketing and the Controlled Chaos of Events

November 15, 2019 Presentation

This session is designed to aid districts in navigating the ins and outs of event sponsorships and marketing. Learn about knowing what types of events best suit your districts, when and what to market, as well as how to capitalize on sponsorship opportunities. Case studies include Pittsburgh’s “Picklesburg,” Wilmington’s hurricane recovery events and Hartford’s multitiered space activation.

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Public Art and Authenticity: From Beauty to Community, from Pretty to Political

November 15, 2019 Presentation

Many place management organizations that began with “clean and safe” (and viewed public art as merely a re-branding tool) are now becoming sophisticated curators of culture, and serving as a counterpoint to the homogenization that often grows from economic success. This panel explored the tools for nurturing genuine partnerships with cultural organizations from different communities in a way that empowers lesser-known artists, connects disparate communities and develops an authentic urban

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Peering into the Crystal Ball: Adapting to a Changing Climate

November 15, 2019 Presentation

Addressing sustainability and resilience is critical to the future of our cities. Urban management districts are uniquely positioned to implement key strategies, from grassroots efforts to more large-scale planning initiatives. Learn how several downtowns across North America are catalyzing and advancing sustainability in their districts.

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Optimizing Operational Efficiency and Reducing Your Carbon Footprint

November 15, 2019 Presentation

Global warming is a real concern and each of us has a responsibility to limit our carbon footprint – especially businesses. Typically, improvement districts use gasoline-powered equipment to augment manual labor cleaning efforts. Panelists will introduce alternative ways to achieve your clean and safe goals, and make a case for alternative options related to equipment that will reduce your carbon footprint and operating costs while improving efficiencies.

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The Power of International Partnership

November 15, 2019 Presentation

Ahead of Mayflower 400, the downtown orgs in Baltimore, MD and Southampton, UK have “twinned” with each other after meeting at the World Towns Leadership Summit in Berlin. With a mirrored history of waterfront regeneration, the two organizations have identified common themes and shared, knowledge, ideas, staff, and artists. The Japan Area Management Network will review its new collaboration with Singapore and South Korea on common issues and opportunities resulting from the summit in

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Mastering the Art of Building Your Board

November 15, 2019 Presentation

You face multiple challenges meeting your community’s needs, and your board can be your greatest asset or your biggest obstacle. This interactive session will share tips, proven tools and real-world examples that will help you attract and engage the right board members. Each member brings skills and motivations, and you’ll learn key strategies to get them all playing from the same sheet of music.

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NYC BID Trends Report – Telling the Story of NYC BIDs

October 27, 2019 Award

The annual NYC BID Trends Report targets multiple audiences, serving both a promotional and educational role for the public and NYC BIDs themselves. SBS collects, analyzes, and features program output data, budget information, and highlights of exceptional programming in this report each year. The report highlights the overall impact and financial data for all BIDs and expense and output data organized by comparable BID cohorts. The report also provides financial and output data from

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Bonayo Open 311 Project

October 25, 2019 Best Practice

Bonayo.org is a unique and time-saving web application that Lower Polk Community Benefit District developed in-house. Bonayo works by taking 311 call data directly from the city and routing it to LPCBD’s workers. Bonayo is currently free to use, and users can choose to get receive live notifications via text and/or email. Each text and/or email shows the location of the service call, the service call type, and a photo when available.

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