News From the Top

Sacred Platforms for Our Democracy June 30, 2022 - American downtowns and main streets were again center stage this weekend when thousands took to the streets to exercise their right to free speech. I am beyond proud to be…
West Coast District Forum Unites  June 22, 2022 - IDA and our partner, the California Downtown Association, successfully held our first in-person West Coast Urban District Forum since 2019. We want to send a special thank you to the…
Leading Shouldn’t Be Done Alone  June 15, 2022 - What is your interpersonal leadership style, and how does it impact how you interact and lead? What’s the connection between a strategic plan and financial management? How do you manage…
Making Sure Your Voice is Heard   June 9, 2022 - If it wasn’t already clear that elected officials at all levels of government carry a great deal of sway over the vitality of our downtowns and city centers, the last…
The Challenge of Public Safety June 2, 2022 - Unfortunately, the challenge of public safety in our downtowns and urban districts continues to grow, compounded by increases in gun violence and, in the U.S., a shocking number of mass…
The Joy of Participation May 26, 2022 - One of the joys of leadership in IDA is the opportunity to participate. Even if you participate just a little in all of the outstanding programs of this organization, it…
Stronger Together May 19, 2022 - I am writing to you from New York City, where the 2020 Emerging Leader Cohort is finishing their in-person training—culminating in a two-year extended ELF (Emerging Leader Fellowship) experience that…
The Re-Invention of Our Identities and Roles May 12, 2022 - Across the country, Canadians are beginning to return to our neighbourhoods and districts. However, it’s not about getting back to normal. Instead, it is an opportunity to look more closely…
BIABC Foreshadows IDA Annual Conference  May 5, 2022 - The BIABC and IDA Pacific Northwest Regional Conference took place in Coquitlam, British Columbia, just outside Vancouver this week. It was an exceptional event, filled with learning and camaraderie, for…
Leadership Begins With You April 28, 2022 - Participating in the inaugural Executive Leadership Retreat for CEOs and Executive Directors last week proved extraordinary. As a member of this fantastic cohort, I am energized by the depth of…