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Promise for the Future December 1, 2022 - The new year is on the horizon and like many, we are preparing for an expanded year filled with more services, programs and a renewed sense of purpose. The holiday…
Gratitude & Togetherness November 16, 2022 - Let me share a bit about myself: I have a very strong gratitude practice. Years ago, a good friend and I decided to text each other five things we are…
Rising Above Uncertainty November 10, 2022 - Recent weeks witnessed the seating of a new prime minister in England (the third in as many months), an ownership change of Twitter followed by massive layoffs, and more recently…
Just Getting Started… November 2, 2022 - It was the fall of 2007 in New York City, and I was seven months pregnant with my first daughter. That was my first IDA conference. At the time, I…
IDA Diversity + Inclusion Must Continue October 27, 2022 - We lost an amazing former leader of IDA with the passing of Christine Burdick this month. If you were in Tampa last year with IDA or have visited recently, you…
Despite Uncertainty, Future of Downtowns is Looking Up October 19, 2022 - For decades, urbanists, municipal officials and political leaders have predicted the demise of central business districts across North America, particularly in the United States, due to a range of external…
Is There a COVID Silver Lining? October 13, 2022 - I was invited to speak at the Young, Smart and Local conference this week in Greensboro, NC and found talent recruitment and retention professionals extremely engaged in knowing what the…
Celebration Vancouver October 6, 2022 - The 2022 Annual Conference & Marketplace in Vancouver, British Columbia, proved to be a celebrated IDA event. Educational programming, member networking and collectively experiencing the beauty and charm of the…
It Has Been an Honor and a Privilege September 29, 2022 - In my final message as Chair of the IDA Board, I'd like to take a moment to thank the IDA staff for everything they do to make sure that we…
Jane Jacobs: More Relevant Than Ever! September 21, 2022 - More than 1,000 professionals are gathered this week in downtown Vancouver for the 2022 IDA Annual Conference & Marketplace.  Together we are exploring critical solutions for recovery in addition to…