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Sacred Platforms for Our Democracy


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 an urban place manager representing a place that serves as a sacred platform for our democracy, and I welcome my fellow citizens to express their views through protest. Unfortunately, after years of pandemic and civil unrest, we know all too well what can happen when opposing viewpoints collide on our sidewalks. It isn’t always pretty, but neither is democracy. At times like these, it eases me to know that IDA and all my fellow place managers around the world are always there to provide guidance and support. This is just a gentle reminder to reach out when needed.

I’d also like to take this opportunity to let you know we will be seeking nominations for the IDA Board of Directors. Now is your chance to get more involved in our organization. Serving on the Board of Directors, being active on committees and fully participating have always provided me with substantially more than I have had to contribute. We are surrounded by bright, energetic, creative people and getting to know each other better through board or committee work will yield substantial personal and professional dividends for years to come.

If you want to know more, please feel free to reach out to me, any member of the IDA Board of Directors, or IDA staff to discuss ways to get more involved.

Download the letter seeking recommendations for Board candidates. The letter is followed by “Expectations of an IDA Board Member” and an “IDA Board Nomination Form.” Please email the completed form to David Downey at by Monday, July 11, 2022.