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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. This program is not for consultants or vendors who provide services to place management organizations.

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?

IDAELF21 will take place virtually in June 2021 and in-person in New York City, NY in 2022 (dates TBA). The virtual dates will be June 1, 8 and 15, 2021 from 11am ET to 4pm ET (with a 60-minute break). The program costs $2,750 and includes virtual and in-person program materials; and in-person breakfast, lunch and dinner. Price does not include hotel, airfare, airport transfers, or any other incidentals you may incur.


Applications are due to IDA by February 19, 2021 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 mid-April.  You will be notified via email from Carolyn Dellutri, IDA Director of Professional Development.


Space is limited to 30 professionals. Attendees must be IDA members. #IDAELF21 will be split over the course of 2021 and 2022.  2021 will take place virtually and will include three days of adaptive leadership training and monthly check-in calls with some programming.  In 2022, the cohort will convene in New York City for an abbreviated onsite, in-person experience. 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 at the end of 2021.

ELF Sample Program

This program is a sample and subject to change.

Past ELF Cohorts

To see past Emerging Leader cohorts, click here.