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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.  

We use Submittable to accept and review our submissions.