Spring Events

IDA is committed to fostering industry knowledge, education and information, and collaborates with regional and international partners to provide access to IDA experts and networking. Content is organized around IDA’s seven official knowledge domains, recognizing the distinct areas of professional practice used to shape dynamic cities, towns and regions around the world. These core domains act as a framework for urban place managers to utilize in furthering their professional careers and to aid in their work enhancing vibrant urban places.

This summit explores how downtowns serve as economic development generators, and how social equity and diversity play an important role in the work that we do. Experts share best practices on enhancing downtowns’ economic impacts on cities, states, and discuss retail and development strategies and trends impacting downtown progress. This event will be held on May 13-14, 2020 in Norfolk, Virginia.

This event will concentrate on clean and safe teams, public safety, homelessness and opportunities that impact the public realm through smart city applications. Collaborate and gain ideas from other operations professionals and learn to cultivate the story of our successes. This event – Placemaking, Operations & Security Summit – will be held on April 22-23, 2020 in Dallas, Texas.

IDA and the Business Improvement Association of British Columbia (BIABC) present this conference each year in a different city in British Columbia, Canada. The program focuses on key areas such as economic development, marketing and communication, advocacy, planning, placemaking and more. For further information, please visit the BIABC website. The 2020 event will be held in Coquitlam, British Columbia on May 3-6.

Experts will share best practices and discuss sense of place, identity and placemaking in downtowns and other urban districts around the globe. This summit will allow attendees to engage in hands-on creative placemaking experiences as well as develop place branding campaigns, learn about unique initiatives and evaluation tools and approaches. This event – Placemaking, Operations & Security Summit – will be held on April 22-23, 2020 in Dallas, Texas.

This summit focuses on the unique downtowns and urban districts that host universities and colleges as the backdrop to their urban spaces. Attendees share strategies, build partnerships, and find inspiration when coming together at this summit. We encourage attendees to invite their partners from their respective municipalities and universities to attend the summit. This event will be held on April 1-3, 2020 in Iowa City, Iowa.

The California Downtown Association and IDA host a yearly forum in California to explore key BID management topics and policy issues, including the art of placemaking, strategies for retail attraction and retention, economic development, effective board management, operations solutions and much more. Experts share best practices on enhancing downtown quality of life and cultivating the next generation of leaders. This forum will be held on March 11-13, 2020 in San Jose, California.

This international summit brings together urban place management professionals from 10+ countries to share experiences and lend expertise while also experiencing key projects in a different global city. The inaugural event in 2016 established the World Towns framework organized in four principle areas: unique identities of place, local economies, governance and citizenship and environments. Subsequent events have gathered to explore implementation strategies, smart cities and smart districts, and the practice of urban place management from a global context with greater cultural awareness. This event will be held the week of March 30-April 3, 2020 in Cape Town, South Africa.

Interested in hosting a future event? Contact Carolyn Dellutri, Director of Professional Development at