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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. 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 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.
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

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