Welcome to the IDA submissions portal. Here you will find links to submit projects, proposals, and applications. For any submission, you can always save, exit and return to your work at a later time. To begin, please select the category in which you wish to submit. Note, you will need to create a Submittable account (or login to an existing account), which is separate from your IDA account.

Join the San Jose Downtown Association, the California Downtown Association, and the International Downtown Association for the West Coast Urban District Forum in March 2023.  This year’s theme – Leading in Transformative Times – will address how we as place managers lead our districts to survive and thrive in these challenging times.

We will explore leadership skills and strategies needed to sustain and grow strong communities and discover new ways to motivate our staff, boards, and stakeholders.  Hear from industry leaders and experts on how to transform communities, with an equity lens, in retail, office market, affordable housing, public safety, homelessness & mental health, while networking and sharing best practices with our peers. Join us in San Jose, where we will learn from the local and Bay Area tech and university communities on what they are designing for the future.
We invite you to submit session proposals by Friday, January 6, 2023
Submission details and topic guidelines are below.

Joint proposals including peers from multiple cities will be given higher priority for consideration.
Forum sessions should fit within the following topic areas listed below.

  • Organizational Management and Leadership Development
  • Economic Development strategies
  • Public Space Management and Operations which includes Placemaking, and Activations, Public Safety, Mental Health, and Homelessness. 
  • Marketing, Communications and Events
  • Policy and Advocacy

If you need assistance please contact Carolyn Dellutri, Director of Professional Development at carolyn@downtown.org

Deadline: Friday, January 6, 2023 11:59PM PT. To get started, please complete the form below. You can stop, save and return to work at any time before the deadline. When you've completed the form, please click 'Submit' at the bottom.

Please remember that speakers are required to register for the conference. Options for daily registration will be available.

Note:  Submitting an idea or panel session does not guarantee selection. CDA and IDA reserve the right to select ideas and speakers to fit the needs of our diverse audience.  

IDA Executive Leadership Retreat

The IDA Executive Leadership Retreat is a deep dive intensive program that brings together a cohort of CEOs and Executive Directors from within the place management profession. The retreat will focus on essential practices for leaders to effectively navigate up, down and across organizational silos. Over the course of the week, leaders will have the opportunity to network and create valuable peer support systems.

Prior to the workshop, the facilitators will survey participants and tailor the sessions to address areas of interest. From the highest-level, executive standpoints, these sessions will focus on building trust by providing effective feedback and critiques, using new technologies effectively, motivating and working well with diverse employees, providing a range of perspectives on executive level leadership, and gaining understanding and “buy-in” from teams. Participants will have opportunities for practice, feedback, and questions.

Who is eligible to attend?

If you are looking to collaborate with a cohort of executives, this is an opportunity you won't want to miss. This program is for IDA member CEOs and/or Executive Directors who are currently employed by a place management organization. Consultants or vendors who provide services to place management organizations are not eligible to participate in this program.

How are applicants accepted?

IDA is looking to create a diverse cohort of executives based on organization size, geographies, demographics, and other variables. Space is limited to 30 professionals and attendees must be IDA members in good standing.

When, where and cost?

The IDA Executive Leadership Retreat will take place February 6-10, 2023, in Rancho Mirage, California. The program cost is $2,500 USD and includes expert facilitators, program materials, daily meals, and wellness activities. Price does not include hotel, airfare, airport transfers or any other incidentals you may incur. IDA has secured a room block for attendees.

Applications

Applications are due to IDA by Wednesday, January 4, 2023, at 11:59 pm ET. Applicants must complete several brief essay questions and submit the following:

• Expanded bio (required) and resume (optional)

• Recent, high-resolution color headshot

Questions can be sent to Carolyn Dellutri, IDA Director of Professional Development at carolyn@downtown.org

The IDA Emerging Leader Fellowship is a week-long experiential program that brings together a cohort of IDA professionals from within the place management profession. The fellows will learn essential leadership and place management skills and gain practical tools in the areas of place-based economic development, the live-work-play experience, and public-private partnerships.
Who is eligible to attend?
This program is for mid-career place management professionals who are currently employed by a place management organization as a CEO new to the industry; a senior staff member in a large organization; or an executive director of a small to mid-sized organization looking to advance their skills. If you aspire to lead an organization one day, this is an opportunity you won't want to miss. Consultants or vendors who provide services to place management organizations are not eligible to participate in this program.
How are applicants accepted?
IDA is looking to create a diverse cohort of fellows with a variety of professional backgrounds, organization size, geographies and demographics. It is important to IDA that we are successful in our efforts to have a diverse cohort. Space is limited to 30 professionals. Attendees must be IDA members.
When, where and cost?
IDAELF23 will take place June 4-9, 2023 in New York City, NY.  The program cost is $2,750 and includes expert speakers, program materials, meals each day and a subway pass for the week. Price does not include hotel, airfare, airport transfers, or any other incidentals you may incur.
Applications
Applications are due to IDA by December 21, 2022 at midnight ET. Applicants must complete several brief essay questions and submit the following:

  • Two references who will provide letters of support,
  • Updated resume and bio, and
  • Recent high-resolution color headshot.

Please contact Carolyn Dellutri, IDA Director of Professional Development, at carolyn@downtown.org with any questions about the program.
How will I know if I’m accepted?
The final cohort will be selected by March 1, 2023.  You will be notified via email from Carolyn Dellutri, IDA Director of Professional Development.
Details
Space is limited to 30 professionals. Attendees must be IDA members. The hotel accommodations and travel are at the expense of the attendee. Attendees will be required to stay at the IDA selected hotel during the week of the program. A room block has been secured by IDA and will be announced once attendees have been accepted and notified.
ELF Program

This programis a sample and subject to change.

Past ELF Cohorts

To see past Emerging Leader cohorts, click here.

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