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 IDA in Winnipeg for the 63rd Annual Conference & Tradeshow, Sept. 13-15, 2017. This year’s conference theme, authentiCITY, will highlight Winnipeg’s approach in embracing diversity, achieving impact, and solving problems that face downtowns and urban districts across the globe to achieve an authentic place.

We are seeking session proposals to explore how district management organizations form partnerships to achieve impact, embrace trends and solve problems that face downtowns and urban districts across the globe. From infrastructure and affordable housing to placemaking and public safety, the challenges faced by district management organizations demand innovative and collaborative solutions to getting the job done.

We invite you to submit your best ideas! Joint proposals including peers from multiple cities are encouraged. Full consideration will be given to all complete submissions. Submission details and topic guidelines are at the link below. Don’t delay, as the deadline to submit proposals is Friday, February 17, 2017, 5 PM PST


Joint proposals including peers from multiple cities are encouraged. Full consideration will be given to all complete submissions using the following guidelines:

  • Proposal offers fresh topical ideas and reflects the diversity of IDA's membership
  • Proposal is relevant to the conference theme and IDA practitioners
  • Proposal includes innovative approaches and perspectives.
  • Proposal engages the audience and presents forward looking approaches to new challenges

Conference sessions should fit within one of the identified categories below. If you need assistance please contact Carolyn Dellutri, Director of Professional Development at carolyn@downtown.org

Economic Development Strategies: Business Recruitment; Business Retention; Market Research; Arts and Culture; Real Estate; Attainable Housing- Workforce and Affordable; Residential; Tourism; Nighttime Economy; Workforce Development; Gentrification; Aging in Place; Small Business Support; Development Financing; Attracting commercial investment; Innovative financing methods; Place-based economic development.

Planning, Infrastructure, and Development: Streetscape, Pedestrian Amenities, Walkability and Open Space Planning; District Funding; Multi-Modal Transportation; Parking and Management systems; Quality of Life; Land Use Plans and Zoning; Community Development; Intensification and Quality of Neighborhood; Historic Preservation and Maintaining Authenticity; Sustainability; Housing

Public Space and Place Management: Clean and Safe; Placemaking; Activation; Homelessness and Social Issues; Beautification; Public Safety; Wayfinding; Accessibility; Social Service Outreach; Hospitality; Facilities; Stormwater, Sewage, and water issues.

Communication, Marketing and Events: Branding; Events- ROI; Public Relations; Public Engagement; Messaging and Reporting; Constituent Relations; Sponsorships & Fundraising strategies; New Technology and marketing tools such as websites, mobile apps, social media.

Policy and Advocacy: Government Relations; Research; Legislation; Social Issues; Fundamentals of Urban Revitalization; Convener and Facilitator: Community Engagement; Stakeholder Engagement; Social Issues

Organizational Management and Governance: Strategic Planning; Board Development; Partnerships; Revenue Generation; Budgeting; Assessments, Tax Structures; Reporting; Legal/Risk Management; HR; Finance; Business Planning

Leadership Development: Success Metrics; Cooperation and Collaboration; Team Building; Vision; Building Trust; Organizational Culture; Goal Setting; Interpersonal Relationships; Mission; Conflict Resolution; Diversity

Deadline: Friday, February 17, 2017, 5:00PM PST - Submissions received after that date may not be considered. 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.

Note: Panel program submissions complete with designated moderators are encouraged. IDA reserves the right to adjust submission proposals and panels to fit the needs of our diverse audience. Individuals interested in serving on a panel, may submit a topical proposal and request to be linked with similar requests to form a broader program by contacting Carolyn Dellutri, Director of Professional Development at carolyn@downtown.org . These requests will be reviewed by the conference planning committee.