Policy and Advocacy
The urban place manager advocates for resources and policy in support of the successful management of equitable and inclusive urban places. Ensuring the success of a managed place requires identifying and implementing the appropriate policies representing the values, mission, and objectives of a place’s strategic plan. While seeking to maximize a user’s experience within a place, the urban place manager acts as a convener and facilitator for various stakeholders including, the private sector, local and regional government, community organizations, and everyone who interacts with the place. The place manager is tasked with the ability to win the trust and confidence of a diverse group of stakeholders, understand the issues confronting the urban district from a multitude of perspectives, and manage complex partnerships to focus on the district’s issues, projects and initiatives.
Vincent-Ray Williams III Master Talk
Vincent founded Urban Compassion Project while still unhoused in April of 2021. With the vision of assisting the voiceless in cleaning up spaces and finding healthy solutions that lead to self-sufficiency.
Robin Rue Simmons Master Talk
Robin Rue Simmons is the Founder and Executive Director of FirstRepair, a not-for-profit organization that informs local reparations, nationally. She also serves as the chairperson of the City of Evanston’s Reparations Committee. Rue Simmons is the former 5th Ward Alderman for the City of Evanston, IL.
Paul R. Levy Master Talk
Paul R. Levy is the founding president and chief executive of Philadelphia’s Center City District (CCD), serving in that capacity since January 1991. Under Levy’s leadership, CCD secured property owner and legislative approval for its reauthorization in 1994, 2004, 2007, 2012, 2017 and 2023, expanding its ability to finance and carry out capital improvements.
Neurodiversity and Your District
Advocating for BIDs from within City Government
Innovative and Compassionate Solutions to Working with our Unhoused Neighbors
Learn how different districts in North America are addressing the humanitarian crisis of homelessness with intention and how your PMO peers are responsive to stakeholder concerns while compassionately working to meet the needs of our most vulnerable.
Equity Forward Action Plan
National Landing BID’s DEI-focused plan sets forth a roadmap of actionable goals for the BID, its businesses and the greater National Landing community to work together to build a more inclusive community. Working with these stakeholders and businesses, the BID will seek to ensure diversity, equity, and inclusion are at the forefront of business operations.
Advancing Places: Data Collection, Research and Storytelling for Economic Growth
This case study dives into the work of Charlotte City Center Partners. Learn firsthand the year-round work of data collection, research and storytelling to produce the State of City Center Report. This living document resides on the organization’s website and is updated monthly. Learn how the work of this team enhances collaboration with economic development partners, the commercial real estate community, and existing and prospective businesses.Read More
How to Demonstrate the Value of BIDs
Learn how the 2022 San Francisco Community Benefit / Business Improvement District (CBD/BID) Impact Analysis was authored, including detail on how the authors synthesized data, how other cities can replicate this report, and the general challenge of comparing BID programs to one another in order to demonstrate value and impact.
Policy and Advocacy Made Easy!
Today, the most impactful leaders in the place management industry are getting political. Many of us work closely with our local city governments and build strong relationships with the key officials and allies we can rely upon when we need to take action. But, with everything we have going on in our day-to-day duties, keeping up with legislation at the state level can be challenging.