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Member Benefits

Why IDA?
You’re in a tough, demanding profession. Expectations of downtown professionals have never been higher. Business, government, and civic leaders look to the city’s core for economic growth, cultural opportunities, and entertainment for millennials and families. Downtown is, indeed, everyone’s neighborhood. Your job is to lead and manage. We strive to provide you with the resources needed to do your job well!

Urban place management is our focus and our passion. IDA is the only international organization that represents urban place managers who bridge the gap between public, private and community needs on a global scale, and brings together small, medium and large sized organizations to share best practices, collaborate on research and advocate proven strategies. IDA is the primary resource for information regarding current issues affecting downtowns around the world. With well over 2,800 practitioners in the IDA network, you will always know where to turn for information and inspiration.

IDA membership provides resources and solutions to help members grow professionally through access to best practices, trends, innovative ideas, professional expertise, research and career development — all designed to help members thrive and stay competitive in the marketplace.  

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Access to Ideas & Experts

Access to IDA’s online Knowledge Center and educational opportunities

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Build your Network

Unmatched opportunities to meet and stay connected with peers

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Attend World-Class Events

Explore relevant industry topics in exciting downtowns

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How to Join

Complete and submit your enrollment form

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Access to Ideas & Experts

IDA members receive instant access to more than 2,100 online resources including presentations, example documents, reports, and more. Register for a webinar, bring the whole staff, and instantly share best practices and ideas with members around the world. If you can’t find the answer you’re looking for, connect with a peer expert who can provide opinions and responses to your specific question. Plus, stay on top of the latest downtown management trends with a weekly briefing of must-read articles on topics relevant to the industry, with Inspired by IDA.

Build your Network

Find, and connect with, over 2,800 individuals, all of whom can be found in the members-only directory. IDA provides unmatched opportunities to meet and stay connected with urban place management professionals.

Attend World-Class Events

IDA members receive steep discounts to attend world-class events in some of the most exciting downtowns. Where else can you attend back-to-back sessions covering topics as diverse as using art to enhance sense of place to effective strategies for retail recruitment? IDA events are designed to meet the unique needs of all of our members from CEOs to marketing assistants.

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How to Join

IDA Membership is by organization and includes all staff and board members. Dues are based on operating revenue for nonprofits, associations, and governmental agencies and departments; and annual gross revenue for corporations. Dues vary between $335 and $2,895 per year. After you submit your enrollment form, the IDA Membership department will contact you to complete the process.

Want to make the most of your IDA membership? IDA’s free webinar explains member benefits, answers your questions, and provides a user-friendly tour of IDA’s exclusive online community, IDEA Connection. Great for new members, new staff and those who need a refresher. Please contact Rebecca Bishophall for more details.

Types of Memberships:

Nonprofit / Association Membership

You are a downtown champion who brings urban centers to life and bridges the gap between the public and private sectors, setting the state for your district’s economic and cultural success. IDA membership provides you with the resources to grow professionally and personally through access to innovative best practices, trends and solutions, education and proven strategies to get the job done.

What Members are Saying

“We continue our membership each and every year and enjoy the sharing of ideas, partnerships, and programs with other downtown leaders from all over the world, which has led to many positive results in Harrisburg.” —Todd Vander Woude, Executive Director, Harrisburg DID

Corporate Membership

IDA membership offers corporate entities efficient ways to connect with city leaders. Directory access allows you to easily make connections and our member networking site is a great place for you to add to conversations and keep a pulse on what’s happening in the industry. Did we mention everyone on your team is eligible to receive a personal login to IDA? Start networking with this powerful group by becoming an IDA member today! Join those already reaping the rewards of being a corporate member and review the IDEA Connection tips.

What Members are Saying

“As the owner of a small planning and real estate development company, I find IDA’s extensive member network the most valuable asset that the organization offers. Through the IDA website, members are able to freely engage and exchange ideas through IDEA Connection. It is an invaluable benefit, along with the research and other resources that IDA provides free-of-charge to its members.” — Cassie M. Wright, President, Urban Milestones LLC

Government Agency / Department Membership

Share strategies, build partnerships, and find inspiration with IDA. Connect and consult with a responsive global network of fellow professionals and experts about urban place management issues and solutions. Gain access to a constantly updated, real-world, shared body of knowledge, research, data and education. IDA membership is designed to help you thrive and stay competitive in the marketplace.

What Members are Saying

“As the program coordinator for the Commonwealth’s only source for technical assistance related to all things related to downtown revitalization, IDA is the best resource for current information for all the varied requests I receive. I can hear from practitioners, webinars and reports that keep me current. The information provided is key to staying on top of topics that are changing daily.” — Emmy Hahn, Program Coordinator, MA Downtown Initiative Program (Boston)

National Canadian Network

Engage with your peers across Canada through a virtual online community and gain access to Canadian-specific electronic resources, toolkits, and best practices. A tiered approach for engagement within the network has been created while transitioning towards full membership with IDA to capture the passion of placemaking and community building leaders throughout Canada. To see the benefits of the network, click here. If you have questions about becoming active with the National Canadian Network, please contact Ken Kelly. Ready to connect?