Thought Leaders Circle

Block by Block is a one-stop solution for safety, cleaning, hospitality, landscaping and social service outreach programs for improvement districts. Through our passion for downtowns and urban areas we harness our creativity and draw upon best practices to create highly effective programs. We’ve built a mindset and a culture designed to continually enhance our customers’ programs.

Contact: Jeff Heinrich, Vice President of Business Development
(612) 998-0575

The International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) provides opportunities to network with important contacts, market your community and create retail success. Representing the retail real estate profession, its more than 70,000 members in over 100 countries include shopping center owners, developers, managers, marketing specialists, investors, retailers and brokers, as well as academics and public officials. IDA members benefit from ICSC’s generous contribution as a pinnacle partner as well as tailored retail education to meet your needs for a thriving downtown community.

Contact: Cynthia Stewart, Vice President
(703) 627-5168

IKE Smart City is a leader in the development and operation of Smart City interactive digital kiosks. IKE, a proven proprietary system that connects BIDs with citizens, provides multimodal wayfinding, local business and event listings, free Wi-Fi, increased cellular connectivity and valuable data and analytics. Through sponsorships managed by the IKE team, BIDs receive a recurring revenue stream with no capital or operational investment. Give residents and visitors the dynamic new tools they need to discover your City.

Contact: Liz Arthofer, VP, Marketing
(614) 294-4898


Stantec’s Urban Places is an interdisciplinary hub bringing together leaders in planning and urban design, transportation including smart and urban mobility, resilience, development, mixed-use architecture, smart cities, and brownfield redevelopment. We work in downtowns across North America—in cities and suburbs alike—to unlock the extraordinary urban promise of enhanced livability, equity, and resilience.

Contact: David Dixon, FAIA, Vice President, Urban Places Planning and Urban Design Leader
(617) 654-6069

Presenting Awards Sponsor



City Builders


Contact: Dave Taylor, Director of BannerSaver
(231) 995-8544



Contact: Tom Mavrovic, Director of Business Development
(412) 500-3337


Contact: Ted Peterson, President
(877) 369-6332


Contact: Robert Buckley, Director of Sales & Marketing
(877) 815-9276


Contact: Ben Israel Thompson, Contract Sales
(678) 267-2028


(610) 466-9770


Place Enhancers

Interested in sponsoring? Access an audience of urban leaders from around the country who want to learn about your product or service with IDA’s Marketing Opportunities.

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