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Publications

IDA maintains a wide array of resources on best practices, trends, and research to ensure our members are always at the forefront of the place management industry, transforming cities into healthy and thriving places. Below you will find information on IDA publications including Top Issues Councils, CEO reports, staffing and salary surveys, toolkits, U.S. BID Census reports and other guides.

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Housing Attainability: How UPMOs Can Support A Diversity of Housing in Their Districts

A 2019 Top Issues Council Report — Every community needs housing options that meet a diversity of incomes and lifestyles. The Housing Attainability Top Issues Council report demonstrates how urban place management organizations of all sizes and resource levels can play a role in encouraging more housing at a variety of price points and of varying styles.

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Municipal Partnerships: A Toolkit for Municipal & Urban Place Management Organization Relationships

A 2019 Top Issues Council Report — The Municipal Partnerships Top Issues Council examined the fundamental nature of working relationships between UPMOs and governments to identify the best practices for producing the most beneficial and enterprising partnerships. The report is a useful toolkit for understanding the scope and breadth of these relationships, including case studies and sample agreements from organizations around the globe.

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2019 Staffing & Salary Survey

A 2019 IDA Publication — IDA’s biennial Staffing and Salary Survey is the most comprehensive benchmark on staffing and compensation trends in the U.S. and Canadian urban place management industry. The report includes data on top executive compensation, average staff salaries for 18 common positions, organizational budget and other demographic characteristics. The survey also presents an extensive array of cross-tabulations showing how salaries, staffing and other topics vary by geographic region, type of organization, operating budget and more.

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P.U.M.A.’s Global Trends Report 2020

2020 marks the 13th year that Progressive Urban Management Associates (P.U.M.A.) has conducted ground-breaking research to identify the top global trends impacting American cities. Originally prepared for the Downtown Denver Plan to forecast our hometown’s growth, P.U.M.A.’s Global Trends Report has subsequently been utilized in cities throughout the nation to support a variety of downtown planning and economic development initiatives. P.U.M.A.’s Global Trends Report was the recipient of the International Downtown Association’s President’s Award, acknowledging its value to the place management and downtown development fields. In the 2020 edition, PUMA partnered with the International Downtown Association (IDA) to bring further depth and North American breadth to the report.

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The Value of U.S. Downtowns and Center Cities: Second Edition

An IDA Study Calculating the Value of Downtown A strong downtown is critical for a successful city and region. This study articulates the inherent value a downtown provides to the greater city, highlighting a downtown’s unique and impactful contributions while accounting for 100+ key data points based on economy, inclusion, vibrancy, identity, and resilience. The second edition expands data and analysis to 24 cities, identifying the links between a strong downtown and prosperity across the five principles of economy, inclusion, vibrancy, identity, and resilience. The compendium also presents three downtown tiers based on the stage of development of the district in relation to its city and region. Download the report now to learn more about the study and three downtown tiers: Emerging Downtowns, Growing Downtowns and Established Downtowns.

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Adjusting to the Changing Parking Landscape: How to Best Position Your District for Success

A 2018 Top Issues Council Report — The IDA Parking Top Issues Council report addresses the broad menu of parking challenges downtowns face as they function today and plan for the future. The reader will be able to better understand competing priorities related to parking, identify items to consider when addressing common parking issues, and find inspiration from best practices across the U.S. This report highlights three detailed case studies from downtown Tempe, downtown Boulder, and Old Pasadena, and offers lessons learned from real-life scenarios to provide takeaways that readers can apply to their own downtowns.

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How We Do Economic Development: Best Practices and Trends for Place Management Organization

A 2018 Top Issues Council Report — Downtowns, as areas of rapid growth, have become key tools in the economic development arsenal. Downtowns are the places where entrepreneurs and businesses want to work. This document chronicles the intersection of downtown management and economic development. Today, economic development has become a staple program of downtown organizations, and the variety of approaches to downtown economic development is immense, reflecting differences in downtowns and their communities. This report discusses best practices and trends in economic development for place management organizations.

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Inclusive Places: Prioritizing Inclusion and Equity in the Urban Place Management Field

A 2018 Top Issues Council Report — Despite a remarkable urban revival over the past few decades, wealth and income disparities have widened inexorably in city centers, including both within and between metropolitan regions. Some place managers are asking themselves if their work has unintentionally fostered increasingly homogenized and exclusive urban districts that may be unwelcoming. This report explores the challenges and opportunities in prioritizing inclusion and equity in the urban place management field. It provides toolkits on assessing inclusion in public spaces, downtown districts, and placemaking, which are designed to help UPMOs to incorporate a more inclusive approach into their programming. The report also presents several case studies on inclusive place management programs across the country.

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Nighttime Economy: A Guidebook for Emerging, Growing and Established Nighttime Districts

A 2018 Top Issues Council Report — After decades of decline and flight from center city districts and neighborhoods in North America, many of these cities’ central cores are enjoying a modern-day renaissance. This report provides a guide for emerging, growing and established nighttime districts to regularly reference as they face and address challenges to supporting a nighttime economy, including considerations for place management organizations on nighttime economy infrastructure, mitigating social and community safety threats, activating and engaging the nighttime economy community, and assessing the quality of life in diverse nighttime districts.

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Place Branding: Best Practices and Strategies to Brand and Market Your District

A 2018 Top Issues Council Report — Each downtown and urban district is unique and offers different experiences. More than just a logo, tagline or marketing campaign, place branding identifies and distills a district down to its core identity and sense of place. The IDA Place Branding Top Issues Council has developed this report as a guide for urban districts to evaluate different tools and approaches for their own place branding efforts. Learn best practices and strategies to brand and market your district.

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Urban Mobility: The Role of Urban Place Management Organizations in Prioritizing Connectivity

A 2018 Top Issues Council Report — Urban place management organizations can have a positive impact on urban mobility in their communities in a variety of different ways, from direct involvement to policy advocacy. The Council looks at public transportation, the growing demand for bike infrastructure, and the emergence of technology-driven changes to how people traverse urban places in the 21st century. This report provides suggestions and case studies meant to demonstrate the role UPMOs can play in the context of urban mobility.

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Achieving and Maintaining a Diverse Retail Mix

A 2017 Top Issues Council Report — This report will help urban district managers understand where and how revitalization is happening and how to encourage retail diversity. Urban place management organizations are uniquely suited to champion the diversity of their district’s retail offerings, while both affirming the authenticity of the place and focusing the market demand. True diversity means crossover appeal, that a “diverse” retail mix is not just one that contains businesses specifically (and exclusively) catering to the individual subcultures within the catchment, but also, feature concepts that can draw from the full range of them and, in so doing, reflect the larger role of the urban place as a “crossroads” for its community.

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A Path Towards Better Bicycle Infrastructure: A Guidebook for Urban Place Management Organizations

A 2017 Top Issues Council Report — Urban place management organizations, such as business improvement districts, can play an important and effective role in improving conditions for bicycling, thus improving conditions of safety and walkability. This report describes three general areas in which these organizations can contribute to make significant improvements for bicycling: informing and educating community stakeholders and local government officials; advocating for improvements and partnering with other organizations; and encouraging and incentivizing bicycling through the development of programs and collaboration with local government, businesses and community partners.

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A Practical Guide to Great Urban Parks: How to Benefit from and Finance your Urban Park

A 2017 Top Issues Council Report — This publication is a resource guide for both current and potential park stakeholders (government partners, public-sector partners, and private-sector partners) to advance collaboration and capacity building within the management of an urban park to maximize benefits, while equitably and intelligently sharing costs and responsibilities. The results: A dynamic, thriving space that is accessible to all. This report defines a great urban park, how it works, and how it is funded. The report is divided into four sections: Inputs, Activities, Outputs and Impacts, and Case Studies.

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Downtown Districts at the Table: Planning for Safety and Security

A 2017 Top Issues Council Report — This guide was developed as a tool for strategic safety planning for urban place management organizations. The council studied the latest crime trends districts face, examined how a district management organization’s role in emergency response and crime prevention has grown, and explored how technology is revolutionizing communication between law enforcement agencies and the business community. Several case studies and best practices from across North America are shared throughout this publication.

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From Dumpsters to Biergartens: Case Studies in Alley Activations

A 2017 Top Issues Council Report — Alleys and other “in-between” infrastructure have long been overlooked but when activated, can change the way we engage with our city. Urban place management organizations have the tools to implement a variety of tactical initiatives such as public art installations, temporary parklets, murals, street and sidewalk decoration and plantings that help strengthen a visitor’s sense of place. This report examines seven infrastructure projects spearheaded by urban place management organizations in North America and Australia.

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Homelessness in Urban Districts: Principles & Implications for Place Managers

A 2017 Top Issues Council Report — The need for new, comprehensive approaches in addressing the issue of homelessness has risen to the forefront of conversations in urban centers across the world. While the policy approaches are not simple, the Council advocates for a declaration of four principles for urban place management organizations to use, which inspire engaged and active urban centers: Housing First, Partnerships, Stakeholder Balance, and Data, Programs and Policies.

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Creative Placemaking: A Guide for Business Districts to Work with Local Artists

Creative placemaking is a key ingredient in the recipe for successful revitalization efforts. This toolkit, designed through a partnership between IDA and Springboard for the Arts, is specifically geared towards improvement districts, offers guidance on engagement with local artists to best enhance the experience and vitality of a place. The guide provides a step-by-step process for getting started on a placemaking initiative, designing the project and finding artists, and project management. It also features six projects funded by Springboard for the Arts and includes templates for agreements with project collaborators.

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High-Performing Urban District CEOs

This report explores the leadership skills required to run a dynamic, successful place management organization. The study is the result of in-depth interviews with 50 current and former leaders within the downtown and urban district management industry from the U.S., Canada, the Caribbean and South Africa. The study highlights urban district CEOs as diverse, adaptive, skilled and savvy leaders in their communities, and will become a critical guide for career development and hiring of industry leaders.

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Quantifying the Value of Canadian Downtowns: A Research Toolkit

This toolkit is a groundbreaking effort to provide a downtown data standard, a common set of data and processes that will help Canadian place management organizations, such as BIAs/BIDs, establish and sustain evaluation and compare progress among downtowns. While this toolkit is geared towards Canadian downtowns, it also is of value for urban districts outside of Canada who are looking to move toward data standardization and data best practices. In the toolkit, organizations will find directions and insights on collecting, organizing, storing, and presenting downtown-specific data to make the case for continued investment and support.

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Activating Public Spaces: A Guidebook for Urban Districts

A 2016 Top Issues Council Report — This is an in-depth guidebook for urban place managers who are programming public spaces, transforming them into an activated amenity for the community. The guidebook dives into the various regulatory, design, funding, and maintenance challenges for both temporary and permanent placemaking initiatives.

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Attracting Commercial Development: Tools and Case Studies

A 2016 Top Issues Council Report — Attracting commercial development to an urban core relies on a multitude of factors to be successful. This report includes examples from across the globe to show the diversity of economic development tools and successful attraction of commercial development, including chapters on the evolution of commercial development in urban centers, millennials, technology and retail, the role of the built and natural environment, and planning, regulations and incentives.

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Living Downtown: The New Residential Paradigm

A 2016 Top Issues Council Report — This report explores the importance of downtown residential activity, reviews efforts to attract housing development into downtowns and discusses many of the elements of accommodating downtown residents once they are there.

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Maintaining Authenticity of Place

A 2016 Top Issues Council Report — This report defines the various elements that contribute to the authenticity of a place to benefit the daily work of city builders, planners, place managers and community leaders. The authors present a ten-point authenticity checklist to be a roadmap for place managers who seek to increase their community’s authenticity, with the acknowledgment that each community’s path may be different and that there is no one method for authenticity.

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Prioritizing Pedestrian Improvements

A 2016 Top Issues Council Report — This report analyzes the results of an IDA member survey that touched on four key areas as they relate to pedestrian experience: education; engineering and planning; enforcement; and technology, and addresses the important role that urban place management organizations play when it comes to increasing walkability and enhancing the pedestrian experience.

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Partnerships for Urban Place Management

A 2016 Top Issues Council Report — This report explores how place management organizations use public-private partnerships (P3) to play a vital role in the transformation of their communities and serves as a guide for these place management organizations to strategically and pragmatically shape such partnerships for the benefit of their downtowns and neighborhoods.

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ABCs for Creating BIDs

This report is designed to help downtown organizations, property and business owners, local government officials and downtown advocates explore the formation of a BID by examining how a BID works and outlining a five-step process for creating a BID. This report is authored by M. Bradley Segal.

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2011 U.S. BID Census Report

The study, conducted by the Institute of Business District Management, the Rutgers University’s School of Public Affairs and Administration and funded by several member organizations of the International Downtown Association, presents a snapshot of the characteristics of BIDs in 2010 and captures such information as: the geography of BIDs; revenue sources & budget size; governance & board composition; tools for measuring performance. Names and contact information for surveyed BIDs not included.

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Downtown Rebirth Report

“Downtown Rebirth” features an analysis of downtowns and employment centers in America’s 150 largest cities for jobs, documenting for the first time the number of people who work and live in and around 231 diversified employment centers and providing information about job density, city form, and the percentage of Americans who are choosing these live-work environments.

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