Schedule

You will be able to preview the 2018 schedule at a glance below as information becomes available. Please note, content and times are subject to change. 

All sessions and speakers will be listed in the schedule as the information is available. To see the full session description and a list of speakers, click on the plus sign.  
  • Meeting Location: San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter, Lobby, 101 Bowie St, San Antonio, TX 78205. Please meet no later than 6:15 am for the shuttle to the course.

    You will be picked up by a shuttle to tee off for 7:00 am, a light breakfast will be provided prior to heading out onto the course. At The Quarry Golf Course in San Antonio, you will be challenged and rewarded in many ways. The front nine plays in a links-style format and features rolling hills, native grasses and immaculate greens.  The back nine lays out in a 100-year-old quarry pit.  With elevated tee boxes and shots that will fly over large expanses, you will definitely love your experience at San Antonio’s premier golf course, The Quarry.

    Tee time: 7:00 am

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    Like most cities, Austin faces huge challenges when it comes to finding solutions for the growing population of individuals experiencing homelessness.  You will see and learn about the network of service providers firsthand, including a new downtown affordable housing project with 135 efficiency studio apartments. The highlight of the tour will be a visit to Community First Village.  You will hear from the founder, Alan Graham, and tour this first-of-its-kind community. You will gain insights and have an honest look at the challenges, successes, failures and new ways Austin is finding solutions.

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    In this pre-conference workshop you will learn about why historic preservation is important in protecting community character, the importance of stakeholder involvement, and the resources and tools needed to be successful in historic preservation. Learn about San Antonio’s unified vision for its downtown and how it underscores the importance of preserving historic buildings, unique character, and the San Antonio River as treasured assets. Through local preservation programs and State and Federal resources and incentives, the rehabilitation of existing and historic buildings has become not only more feasible but also a desirable approach for real estate developers. You will also learn about Oregon Heritage, the states preservation agency, which commissioned a national research project that identified 150 different public-sector grants and incentives that support heritage, history and downtown organizations.  You will learn about the ten more effective grant and incentive programs that you can convey to your state’s historic preservation office to encourage them to add to their toolbox.

     

     

    Presenters:

    Shanon Miller, Historic Preservation Officer, City of San Antonio, San Antonio, TX

    James Lindberg, Vice President of Research and Policy, National Trust for Historic Preservation, Denver, CO

    Donna Ann Harris, Principal, Heritage Consulting, Philadelphia, PA

     

    Domain: Planning, Design and Infrastructure

  • Location: TBA

    From target personas to pairing media and communications with the “customer journey” — in this session we’ll tackle marketing planning approaches, trends like automation, the diffusion of social media, Gen Z & more. Session attendees will learn how to reduce marketing waste, connect with their target markets where and when they need them, and learn about a sea change in visitor behavior that will impact your marketing planning for years to come.

     

    Presenters:

    Josh Yeager, Partner, Bright Brothers Strategy Group, Philadelphia, PA

    David Romako, Partner, Bright Brothers Strategy Group, Phoenix, AZ

     

    Domain: Marketing, Communication and Events

  • Meeting Location: TBA

    The historic buildings and neighborhoods of San Antonio’s Westside provide both a sense of place and community. The Westside is a diverse neighborhood characterized by locally run shops known as tienditas, pretty Catholic churches, 1920s shotgun homes, and the occasional turn-of-the-century Queen Anne ornamentation. But what really distinguishes the neighborhood is its mural collection, featuring 56 murals to date, splashed across its shop facades, community centers, and brick walls. More than mere artworks, the murals serve to illustrate cultural selfhood, celebrating the neighborhood’s Chicano character and laying claim to a distinctly Mexican-American identity. Bikes will be provided, please plan accordingly.

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    Since prehistoric times, the San Antonio River has been a vital resource to the inhabitants of the San Antonio River Basin and has greatly contributed to the rich history of the area. On this bike tour, we will explore the Mission Reach Ecosystem Restoration and Recreation Project, which has transformed an eight-mile stretch of the San Antonio River into a thriving ecosystem as well as a local favorite for outdoor activities such as biking, walking, fishing and kayaking. Bikes will be provided, please plan accordingly.

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    Built by Franciscan missionaries in the 18th century to illustrate the Spanish crown’s efforts to colonize, evangelize and defend the northern frontier of New Spain, the San Antonio Missions are an interweaving of Spanish and Coahuiltecan cultures. The modern city of San Antonio owes its existence to its rich mission heritage. Guests of this tour will have a rare opportunity to see all five historic mission sites and learn from the incredible path to UNESCO designation and the strategic coordination for preserving these international treasures for generations to come. This tour includes lunch. Vegetarian & gluten free options available.

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    Understanding your role as a CEO, Executive Director or Board member can be a challenge at times. In this session, you’ll learn from three seasoned experts in the urban place management profession that will share best practices of roles and responsibilities of the CEO/Executive Director, Board of Directors, and staff. The focus areas will include leadership roles, governance obligations and financial responsibilities and real-life examples will be used to demonstrate how healthy organizations operate and make good decisions. Specifically, you’ll learn how to use evaluation tools, policies and procedures, and strategic planning to take your organization to the next level, in addition to understanding the basic legal, fiscal and operating responsibilities of a Board, its CEO and an organization.

     

    Presenters:

    Kimberly Bares, President, Place Consulting, Chicago, IL

    Maggie Campbell, Director of Urban Experience, MIG, San Diego, CA

    Abel Rodriguez, CFO, Chicago Loop Alliance, Chicago, IL

     

    Domain: Organizational Management

  • Meeting Location: TBA

    An inspiration to designers and engineers worldwide, the San Antonio River Walk (or Paseo del Rio) is a linear public park that wears many hats – a major tourist destination that draws several million visitors annually, effective engineered flood control, diverse showcase of Texan plants and art, and beloved local parade and programming site. Join us for a fun-filled river barge tour exploring the iconic destination described by Pulitzer Prize-winning American journalist Ernie Pyle as “The American Venice.”

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    Join us as we explore the corridors and communities that make up the greater Downtown of San Antonio. Neighborhoods such as the King William Historic District, Southtown Arts District, Zona Cultural, Guadalupe Cultural Arts District, the Pearl, Broadway Cultural Corridor and finally the Eastside Promise Zone. All offer abundant historical and cultural stories, major public and private redevelopment efforts, and representation of our city’s heritage and appeal.

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    San Antonio is rich with a history of hops and barley. The city has undergone a craft beer revival, but its German settlers and natural spring water made it a hub of beer production early on. Join us for a fun and insightful tour of the breweries downtown where we will examine the rich history and impact of the brewing industry and celebrate current and future ventures in the local brewing economy. There will be plenty of sampling along the way! (21+ only)

  • Location: TBA

    This reception, designed for new IDA members or first-time conference attendees, is a great way to network with other newcomers. Seasoned IDA members and staff will be available to answer any questions about the conference or IDA in general. First-time attendees & new members only.

     

    NEW in 2018! IDA Conference Attendee Mentor Program

    Is this your first time attending an IDA conference? We have designed a new program to match you with a mentor one month prior to attending the IDA Annual Conference & Tradeshow in San Antonio, Texas. You will be notified via email by your mentor to set up a time to either talk on the phone or meet at the conference once you arrive in San Antonio. Sign up by filling out your registration form and checking the box “Match me with a Mentor.” Questions? Email registration@downtown.org.

     

  • Location: La Villita at 418 Villita Street

    Sponsored by Centro San Antonio and City of San Antonio – Center City Development and Operations

    Celebrate the opening of the 64th Annual Conference & Tradeshow at La Villita, San Antonio’s first neighborhood. Located on the south bank of the San Antonio River, this “little village” was originally a settlement of primitive huts for the Spanish soldiers stationed at the Mission San Antonio Valero (the Alamo). Today, La Villita has evolved into an artistic community hub featuring performing arts, theatre, dance, concerts and festivals, and is a center of life, laughter and celebration. Join IDA for an exclusive sneak peek of the Dia de Los Muertos festival while networking with other attendees.

     

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    Explore the sprawling 25 blocks of Downtown San Antonio distinguished as the King William Historic District. 19th-century residences have been preserved and often reincarnated into cafés, art galleries, museums and shops. Prominent German merchants originally settled this district and brought with them a distinct architectural style. Zoned as the state’s first historic district, it remains a fashionably eclectic neighborhood thanks to the collaborative efforts and thoughtful planning of the San Antonio Conservation Society, the King William Association, and the City’s Office of Historic Preservation. *This is a walking tour; please plan accordingly.

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    On this walking tour, learn about the magnificent history of San Pedro Creek and soak in the sights and sounds of the city’s vibrant culture while strolling along the banks of a beautifully restored ecosystem teeming with inspired art, splendid paseos, iconic pavilions, places of respite and cultural reflections. In total, construction on the San Pedro Creek Culture Park will add more than 60,000 linear feet of new walls, replace eight street bridges and all associated utilities while adding four miles of walking trails and 11 acres of landscaping. In addition to safely conveying floodwaters, low impact design elements are improving water quality and restoring the natural habitat, and once complete, is expected to spur a $1.5 billion economic impact. *This is a walking tour; please plan accordingly.

  • IDA’s Economic Development Top Issues Council has been working throughout 2018 to compile research on how downtown organizations engage and practice economic development. See how your downtown stacks up. Learn about cutting-edge programs and policies that downtown organizations are using to advance their economic development agendas. Find out about the top trends and issues facing downtowns in the area of economic development. If your downtown has an economic development program or if you are considering adding such a program, you will want to hear about the research findings and results from this IDA Top Issues Council.

    Domain: Economic Development

    Location: TBA

    Moderator: Cynthia Stewart, Vice President, Municipal and Intergovernmental Affairs, ICSC, New York, NY
    Speakers: Gary Ferguson, Executive Director, Downtown Ithaca Alliance, Ithaca, NY and Brett Roler, Vice President of Planning and Dev., Downtown Memphis Commission, Memphis, TN

  • What’s working? What needs work? A panel of speakers will present real-world conditions in downtown settings to illustrate how communities across the country are keeping their downtowns healthy by implementing a range of simple and high-tech solutions. Participants will use their own problem-solving skills in a small group setting. This is an opportunity to share ideas and solutions that participants can take home for application in their communities.

    Domain: Planning, Design and Infrastructure

    Location: TBA

    Speakers: Robert Gibbs, AICP, ASLA, CNU-A, President, Gibbs Planning, Birmingham, MI; Rod Arroyo, AICP, Partner and Director of Community Planning, Giffels Webster, Detroit, MI and Jill Bahm, AICP, Principal Planner, Giffels Webster, Birmingham, MI

  • More than merely marketing campaigns, Place Branding explores the features that make your downtown or urban space unique among others: those quirky spaces and interesting places that define your urban experience.  The Council has compiled these findings into a report that shares best practices, lessons learned, and surprising tips about how to Brand Your Space in a powerfully authentic way!

    Domain: Marketing, Communication and Events

    Location: TBA

    Speakers: Chad Emerson, President & CEO, Downtown Huntsville, Inc., Huntsville, AL; Jenny Starkey, Director of Marketing & Community Relations, Cherry Creek North BID, Denver, CO; Josh Yeager, Partner, Bright Brothers Strategy Group, Philadelphia, PA; and David Suls, AICP, Senior Director of Planning & Policy, Golden Triangle BID, Washington, DC

  • The members of the Nighttime Economy Top Issues Council will present their findings and explain their process in the drafting of the various facets of a healthy nighttime economy. Delve deeper into the four main topics discussed in the final report: Nighttime Infrastructure, Social and community safety, Activation and Engagement, and Quality of Life Mitigation.

    Domain: Public Space Management and Operations

    Location: TBA

    Speaker: Vincent Martinez, AICP, BID Operations Manager, Downtown Denver Partnership, Denver, CO

  • Urban district management organizations do not always have technology staff capable of in-depth analyses and database development; if they do, they might collaborate with less tech-savvy partners who are responsible for data collection and tracking. This presentation explores simple and creative methods of collecting and sharing data that can be tailored to the individual user while holding the safety and security of sensitive data to high standards.

    Domain: Public Space Management and Operations

    Location: TBA

    Speakers: Amy Geren, Downtown Experience Liaison, Portland Downtown, Portland, ME; Dominic Long, Community Safety Manager, Downtown Vancouver BIA, Vancouver, BC; and James Anderson, Data Analyst and Visualization Specialist, Downtown Vancouver BIA, Vancouver, BC

  • Location: Tradeshow

    Learn about Innovative Solutions for your District! Please visit the exhibitor page for more information. Don’t miss Google’s Get Your Business Online presentation on how your organization can become a local partner and utilize free resources, trainings and tools (happening at 12:15 in the presentation octagon).

    Lunch sponsored by CityPost

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    After 15 years lying derelict, the creative re-imagining of the Pearl, a 26-acre brownfield site and its neglected historic structures, has drawn international recognition while curating a rich mix of new residents, local businesses, retail and non-profits, emphasizing community, conservation and local economic development. The Pearl Brewery Redevelopment is a sustainable destination that maintained its iconic identity, upholding the legacy of the historic brewery while radically re-purposing key components of the complex. Learn from the public and private partners, developers and placemakers on how this once abandoned brewery has become a catalyst for Downtown San Antonio.

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    Haven for Hope is a 22-acre campus for people who are experiencing homelessness that uses a one-of-a-kind approach, radically increasing accessibility and efficiency of resources. The Haven for Hope “one stop” design was born after 18 months of research of over 200 homeless shelters across the country. Working together with over 90 partner agencies, Haven for Hope addresses common causes of homelessness including lack of affordable housing, unemployment, underemployment, mental illness and substance abuse. Explore the benefit of agency partnerships, emergency shelter and outreach efforts (street and encampments), as well as the recent tactics used to meet the guidelines to declare an end to Veteran Homelessness within San Antonio.

  • Over the years, there has been a natural and gradual expansion of BIDs’ roles to influence the commercial vitality of their communities. BIDs cannot afford to sit on the sidelines; they must be active change agents to ensure that the desired business mix is achieved, that occupancy levels are optimal and that the district is a reliable investment opportunity. Hear from three BIDs that are attracting new commercial office tenants to their districts.

    Domain: Economic Development

    Location: TBA

    Moderator: Neil Albert, President and Exec. Dir., Downtown DC BID, Washington, DC
    Speakers: Mary-Claire Burick, President, Rosslyn BID, Arlington, VA; Davon Barbour, Senior Vice President Economic Development, Downtown Partnership of Baltimore, Baltimore, MD; and Regina Myer, President, Downtown Brooklyn Partnership, Brooklyn, NY

  • Successful retailers must exhibit creativity to thrive in a rapidly changing retail environment yet, concepts like breweries, retailers that offer educational classes, and small-scale artisanal food manufacturers frequently get tripped up with code violations, parking requirements, and special permits that make it hard to compete. This session brings together national experts and practitioners to provide guidance and ensure your codes and regulations align with the new retail reality.

    Domain: Planning, Design and Infrastructure

    Location: TBA

    Speakers: Larisa Ortiz, Principal, Larisa Ortiz Associates, Jackson Heights, NY; Craig Lewis, FAICP, LEED AP, CNU-A, , Principal, Stantec, Charlotte, NC; Sara C. Bronin, City of Hartford Planning and Zoning Commission, Hartford, CT; and Bob Zuckerman, Executive Director, South Orange Village Center Alliance, South Orange, NY

  • Millennials have built a reputation as the digital generation and although convenience and price are critical to keeping these customers, their spending patterns and lifestyle preferences suggest they also place value on personalized experiences and brand authenticity, both, in-store and online. This session brings together experts in the field of downtown marketing, website development, and Facebook marketing science to share best practice on successful downtown and small business marketing.

    Domain: Marketing, Communication and Events

    Location: TBA

    Moderator: Nur Asri, AICP Candidate, Associate Larisa Ortiz Associates, Jackson Heights, NY
    Speakers: Aongus Burke, Consumer Insights Research Lead, Facebook, Menlo Park, CA; Jim Blakeslee, President, Geocentric, Bethesda, MD; and Brian Carr, Director Marketing and Communications, Midtown Alliance, Atlanta, GA

  • Throughout 2018, the Inclusive Places Council explored the role of place management organizations in navigating challenges around social equity and inclusion in rapidly transforming cities.  In this workshop the Inclusive Places Council will share toolkits and best practices around creating more inclusive public realm and organizations. We will also lead small group activities around the evolving role of Urban Place Management organizations in building more sustainable and inclusive urban economies.

    Domain: Policy and Advocacy

    Location: TBA

    Speakers: Jamillah Jordan, Director of Social Equity and Inclusion, MIG, Inc., Berkeley, CA; Natalie Avery, Executive Director, DC BID Council, Washington, DC; Kevin Moran, Executive Director, Northern Liberties Business Improvement District, Philadelphia, PA; Megan Liddle Gude, Director of Historic South End, Charlotte Center City Partners, Charlotte, NC; Shanna Draheim, Policy Director, Michigan Municipal League, Lansing, MI; and Brian Douglas Scott, Principal, BDS Planning & Urban Design, Seattle, WA

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    In 2017, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) honored the city of San Antonio among its worldwide Creative Cities Network as a designated Creative City of Gastronomy, only the second city in the U.S. to earn this distinction, and the first in Texas. San Antonio’s culinary heritage is significant for its confluence of many world cultures such as Mexican, Spanish, German and French, as well as its geology and geography. Learn from world famous local chefs on what makes the San Antonio culinary economy unique and explore the new culinary project investment of $7.6 million in Historic La Villita, one of the first neighborhoods in San Antonio.

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    The emerging downtown Tech District is home to incubators, co-work spaces, startups, digital design agencies, enterprise tech firms and coding schools. Newly formed and quickly growing, the district is home to Google Fiber, Geekdom, and the Center for Applied Science & Technology (CAST) High School, downtown’s oldest career-themed high school focused on coding, cybersecurity, gaming, entrepreneurship and business. Learn from the catalytic thought leaders and developers behind the tech movement and their strategy to position downtown and the city as a trailblazer for several emerging high growth industries including Internet infrastructure, cybersecurity, and biotech, as well as Internet software and services space. *This is a walking tour; please plan accordingly.

     

  • Trade area radii. Median incomes. Sales-leakage data These might serve as useful starting points for a retail market analysis, but they are also severely flawed and/or woefully inadequate as tools for both assessing the potential of densely-developed, mixed-use urban places as well as understanding how exactly to realize that potential. In this practical “how-to” workshop, we explain — in accessible language and with Downtown San Antonio as a laboratory — where and why the standard methodology falls short, and take participants step-by-step through an alternative approach that they can use to develop a realistic and implementable retail strategy for their own districts.

    Domain: Economic Development

    Location: TBA

    Speakers: Michael Berne, President, MJB Consulting, Berkeley, CA and Laurel Brown, CEO, Greater Jamaica Development Corp, Jamaica, NY

  • Through case studies in more than 10 locations, participants will learn about community speed AVs now ready for the streets and ways to prepare their cities for AVs. Special attention will be paid to transformational opportunities for economic growth, re-envisioning place and expanding mobility for all. Together the panelists will provide a “road app” for sound AV deployment including use and business cases, funding sources and more.

    Domain: Planning, Design and Infrastructure

    Location: TBA

    Speakers: Kelley Coyner, Mobility Innovator, Mobility e3, Arlington, VA; Alisyn Malek, COO, May Mobility, Ann Arbor, MI;  amd Tom Bamonte (Invited), Senior Program Manager, Automated Vehicles, North Central Texas Council of Governments, Arlington, TX

  • Alley activation is the hot new topic around the globe. Come to this session to learn how different districts are activating their alleys and incorporating public art.

    Domain: Public Space Management and Operations

    Location: TBA

    Speakers: Ken Herndon, Special Projects Coordinator, Louisville Downtown Partnership, Louisville, KY; Michael Edwards, President & CEO, Chicago Loop Alliance, Chicago, IL; and Todd Dangerfield, LEED AP BD+C, Project Manager, Fort Collins DDA

  • Cultivate the “soft” skills necessary for professionals desiring a spot in the C-Suite. Determine how you are viewed by current leadership and how to adjust the narrative when you are not the “heir apparent.” Master the art effective Story Telling and learn where and when to use it to your advantage. Turn conversations about specific professional topics into concise, compelling stories that resonate and cultivate your leadership status with the audience.

    Domain: Leadership Development

    Location: TBA

    Speakers: Cheryl Barruso, Refinement Partner, Winner Partners, New York, NY; Tina Winner, Managing Partner, Winner Partners, New York, NY; Steven Oberhoffer, Managing Partner, Winner Partners, New York, NY; Jennifer Brown, Executive Director, Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership, New York, NY; and David Ginsburg, Senior Advisor, Gilman Partners and former President & CEO, Downtown Cincinnati, Inc

  • In the resurgence of downtowns, cultural districts have become a highly effective catalyst for cultivating authentic mixed-use districts that encourage the people who have historically lived and worked in a place to be part of its future. Cultural districts can take many forms, but ultimately are successful because they are true to a place and its people. Learn about cultural districts augmenting the downtowns of San Antonio, Charlotte and Denver.

    Domain: Marketing, Communication and Events

    Location: TBA

    Moderator: Jay Renkens, AICP, Director of Planning and Design Services, MIG, Inc, Denver, CO
    Speakers: Cheryl Myers, Vice President, Charlotte Center City Partners, Charlotte, NC and Pete Cortez, CEO, La Familia Cortez Restaurants, San Antonio, TX

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    The Alamo, known formally as Mission San Antonio de Valero, is one of the most recognized and most visited historic sites in the State of Texas. Explore the unprecedented partnership between the City of San Antonio, the State of Texas General Land Office, and the private Alamo Endowment to create a new vision for the future and raise the necessary funds for its implementation. The goal of this master plan is to reverse the decline, restore the reverence and dignity of the site, and recapture and celebrate its real identity, based on evidence and the best principles and practices of heritage conservation planning and design. *This is a walking tour; please plan accordingly.

     

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    Haven for Hope is a 22-acre campus for people who are experiencing homelessness that uses a one-of-a-kind approach, radically increasing accessibility and efficiency of resources. The Haven for Hope “one stop” design was born after 18 months of research of over 200 homeless shelters across the country. Working together with over 90 partner agencies, Haven for Hope addresses common causes of homelessness including lack of affordable housing, unemployment, underemployment, mental illness and substance abuse. Explore the benefit of agency partnerships, emergency shelter and outreach efforts (street and encampments), as well as the recent tactics used to meet the guidelines to declare an end to Veteran Homelessness within San Antonio.

     

  • Dozens of cities have designated specific neighborhoods as “innovation districts.” These districts have three essential components: anchor institutions, entrepreneurs and amenities. While some pieces of a district may emerge organically, activating a district to benefit the entire city requires purposeful action and leadership.

    Domain: Economic Development

    Location: TBA

    Speaker: Sean Luther, Executive Director, InnovatePGH – The Pittsburgh Innovation District, Pittsburgh, PA

  • While transportation infrastructure provides the life blood of most downtowns, it can also create barrier and blighting effects. Today, many cities are reevaluating the presence of transportation infrastructure and weighing the benefits of keeping, removing or modifying this infrastructure to enhance the livability, walkability and quality of life found in downtown communities.  Join our panelists in a discussion about how to hold a meaningful dialog about legacy infrastructure, design interventions to soften the presence of infrastructure to make it a better neighbor, and how to keep people coming downtown when infrastructure is being revitalized, redesigned or removed.

    Domain: Planning, Design & Infrastructure

    Speakers: Jordan Polon, Executive Director, Hartford BID, Hartford, CT; Paul MacKinnon, Executive Director, Downtown Halifax Business Commission, Halifax, Nova Scotia; and Pierre Sainte-Marie, ing., urb., MBA, Chef de division, Montréal, Québec

  • The cleanliness of a neighborhood’s streets and sidewalks is one of the most visible metrics by which urban place management organizations are evaluated. BIDs get firsthand experience with the impacts of too much trash on budgets, pedestrian activity, and business retention. Practitioners will share learnings on moving towards a sustainable and waste-free public realm by partnering with property owners and businesses and implementing innovative solutions.

    Domain: Planning, Design and Infrastructure

    Location: TBA

    Speaker: Monica Munn, Director of Economic Development, Union Square Partnership, New York, NY

  • Attend this session to learn how other downtown districts are working through the challenges and opportunities of Dockless Bikes and Scooters.

    Domain: Public Space Management and Operations

    Location: TBA

    Speakers: Casey Burack, Esq., Vice President, Policy, Downtown Austin Alliance, Austin, TX; Laura Dierenfield, Division Manager, Active Transportation and Street Design Division, City of Austin/ Austin Transportation Department, Austin, TX; Elliott McFadden, Executive Director, Austin B-cycle, Austin, TX; Dustin Bullard, Vice President – Public Space and Design, Downtown Dallas, Dallas, TX; Jared White, Manager II, Department of Transportation, City of Dallas, Dallas, TX; Andrew Glass Hastings, Director, Transit & Mobility, Seattle Department of Transportation, Seattle, WA; Jon Scholes, CEO, Downtown Seattle Association, Seattle, WA; and Lindsey Shields, VP Market Engagement, Zagster, Boston, MA

  • In the age of Instagram and visual media your organizational brand has never been more important. From attracting businesses and securing new sponsorships, to marketing public programs and connecting disparate communities, branding plays an important role in the development of your district. The session will draw upon the experience of three distinct districts.

    Domain: Marketing, Communication and Events

    Location: TBA

    Speakers: Scott Hobbs, Deputy Director, Union Square Partnership, New York, NY; Cameron Gearen, Marketing Manager, Oak Park Economic Development Corp., Oak Park, IL; and F. Philip Barash, Thinker, Writer, Flâneur, Sasaki, Boston, MA

  • A growing number of cities, states and provinces have multiple place management organizations operating within their borders. Come discuss how these organizations and their governments work together to share knowledge, advocate and develop innovative solutions to large-scale problems. This panel will involve a “report-out” of themes and discussions from the NYC IDA Ideas Forum this summer.

    Domain: Organizational Management

    Location: TBA

    Moderator: Tim Tompkins, CEO, Times Square Alliance, New York, NY

    Speakers: Natalie Avery, Executive Director, DC BID Council, Washington, DC and Kraig Kojian, President & CEO, Downtown Long Beach Alliance, Long Beach, CA

  • Location: Tradeshow

    Explore Urban Renewal Products & Services! Please visit the exhibitor page for more information. Don’t miss Google’s Get Your Business Online presentation on how your organization can become a local partner and utilize free resources, trainings and tools (happening at 12:15 in Salon D).

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    Through the efforts of Hemisfair Park Area Redevelopment Corporation (HPARC) and the Hemisfair Conservancy, the former site of the 1968 World’s Fair will be transformed into a series of three parks in the heart of downtown. Building upon a special past, the goal is to provide an inspiring urban park that all San Antonians will enjoy. This tour will explore the first redevelopment park Yanaguana Garden, an active play environment designed for all ages and ability levels as well as the seven principles effectively guiding all decisions in the redevelopment process – connectivity, development, green space, balance, preservation, sustainability and leadership. *This is a walking tour; please plan accordingly.

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    To address challenges and explore the rapidly changing dynamics of urban futures and how they relate to local economies and civic life, the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) founded the Urban Future Lab. Housed within the UTSA College of Architecture, Construction and Planning on the downtown campus, the interdisciplinary think-tank functions as a research and teaching laboratory and claims a leading role in determining the future of San Antonio’s built environment. The Urban Future Lab employs three guiding principles: Dialogue, Geography, Design-Citizen Agency and Public Interest Design. *A portion of this tour is on foot; please plan accordingly.

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    Haven for Hope is a 22-acre campus for people who are experiencing homelessness that uses a one-of-a-kind approach, radically increasing accessibility and efficiency of resources. The Haven for Hope “one stop” design was born after 18 months of research of over 200 homeless shelters across the country. Working together with over 90 partner agencies, Haven for Hope addresses common causes of homelessness including lack of affordable housing, unemployment, underemployment, mental illness and substance abuse. Explore the benefit of agency partnerships, emergency shelter and outreach efforts (street and encampments), as well as the recent tactics used to meet the guidelines to declare an end to Veteran Homelessness within San Antonio.

  • Data visualizations, economic impact modeling and policy hacks, oh my! This session is a must for anyone interested in the intersection of downtown economic development, Smart Growth and regional infrastructure development. Participants will learn about cutting-edge applications of geoaccounting, design and ninja policy moves in downtown Bozeman, Montana and Durham, North Carolina.

    Domain: Economic Development

    Location: TBA

    Speakers: Joe Minicozzi, AICP, Principal, Urban3, Asheville, NC and Nicole J. Thompson, President/CEO, Downtown Durham, Inc., Durham, NC

  • Second tier cities are heating up and market-based action plans can provide a catalyst to reshape downtowns. Hear how Reno and Evansville both used recent downtown plans as a springboard to create new downtown management organizations and BIDs that are rapidly becoming agents of change in each city.

    Domain: Planning, Design and Infrastructure

    Location: TBA

    Moderator: Brad Segal, President, Progressive Urban Management Associates, Inc, Denver, CO

    Speakers: Janette MacDonald, CEO and General Manager, Downtown London, London, Ontario; Cindy Carano, Executive Director of Community Relations, El Dorado Resorts, Reno, NV; and Josh Armstrong, Executive Director, Evansville Downtown Alliance, Evansville, IN

  • The Value of U.S. Downtowns and Center Cities is a data-driven examination of downtowns’ role as engines of citywide vitality. This project is in its second iteration of a new, repeatable formula for calculating the value of downtown and makes the case that investing in downtown delivers powerful citywide and regional benefits. Urban centers are productive, exciting and full of potential- learn how IDA actually measures this.

    Domain: Policy and Advocacy

    Location: TBA

    Speakers: Cathy Lin, Director of Research, International Downtown Association, Washington, DC and David Dixon, FAIA, Planning and Urban Design Leader, Stantec’s Urban Places Group, Boston, MA

  • What does one practice the art of leadership? Our panel will create a vibrant conversation focused on the art of leadership. How do you motivate people? What does it take to build a championship team? How does a leader use conflict to build a stronger team producing better outcomes? This panel will discuss case studies that are directly applicable to your situation to show how you can improve your leadership art.

    Domain:  Leadership Development

    Location: TBA

    Moderator: Dr. Steven Goodwin, Founder & President, TurningWest, Chino Hills, CA
    Speakers: Kraig Kojian, President & CEO, Downtown Long Beach Alliance, Long Beach, CA; Kate Joncas, Partner, PlaceStrategic, Seattle, WA; and Maggie Campbell, Director of Urban Experience, MIG, San Diego, CA

     

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    The western face of San Antonio’s historic downtown has won newfound recognition as the state’s newest metro cultural district. The Zona Cultural’s 44 contiguous blocks include San Pedro Creek, Main Plaza, San Fernando Cathedral, Plaza de Armas, the Spanish Governor’s Palace, Market Square, and Alameda Theater, among many other historic structures and places. Within the district is also a section of West Commerce that will receive a “complete street” update, transforming the concrete canyon into a multi-modal street that connects downtown to 60 “cultural assets” identified in the cultural district. *A portion of this tour is on foot; please plan accordingly.

  • Meeting location: TBA

    Houston Street was once a retail mecca so exclusive it rivaled Fifth Avenue in New York City. However, despite being a major artery into downtown, it became all but dead between 1975 and 2000. Activate Houston Street is an initiative tasked with the goal of creating a placemaking-based action plan for reinvigorating the corridor. The plan includes stakeholder and community feedback gathered through a series of workshops using participatory decision-making processes and strategies to mitigate the perceived lack of access or parking along the corridor, infill development, activation of empty storefronts, and developing a robust communication campaign to ultimately attract more users to the corridor. *This is a walking tour; please plan accordingly.

  • Urban place management organizations are nimble in navigating transportation issues.  The session will discuss trends and how UMPOs play an essential role in planning and implementing projects that improve connectivity in city centers including public transportation, bike infrastructure, transportation network companies and autonomous vehicles.  Additionally, we will discuss how UMPOs assist transportation projects at every level – working with the community during the concept stage; working with government entities on the planning stage; working with transportation agencies on funding and implementation stage.

    Domain: Planning, Design and Infrastructure

    Location: TBA

    Speakers: TBA

  • Come to this session to learn how to create and sustain effective partnerships between diverse organizations to create innovative solutions to unique problems surrounding homelessness.

    Domain: Public Space Management and Operations

    Location: TBA

    Speakers: Camille Winnie, Downtown SLC Alliance, Salt Lake City, UT; Kathleen Eriksen, President and CEO, Downtown Tucson Partnership, Tucson, AZ; and Derek Bock, COO, Voortrekker Road CID, Cape Town, South Africa

  • Given rapid growth, a strong economy and the changing demographics of cities, this session sets a framework for straight talk about the role that downtowns have in mitigating the impact of these changes, like gentrification, and displacement, and how it is affecting longstanding businesses and longtime residents.  Everyone should leave the session with a begging question: How can I contribute to achieving equity in my downtown or area of emphasis/interest?

    Domain: Policy and Advocacy

    Location: TBA

    Moderator: Yvette Freeman, Senior Strategist, Progressive Urban Management Associates, Denver, CO
    Speakers: Alysia Davis Osborne, AICP, Director of Historic West End, Charlotte Center City Partners, Charlotte, NC; Larisa Ortiz, Principal, Larisa Ortiz Associates, Jackson Heights, NY; and Brad Segal, President, Progressive Urban Management Associates, Denver, CO

  • From coast to coast, BIDs and Downtown Associations find themselves having to circumvent the municipal process because it is bureaucratic, arduous or because they always say no. Believe it or not, municipal employees who oversee downtowns face similar challenges. From the panel, learn how they have learned to navigate the municipal process in order to get things done, streamline the process and build relationships that turn no into yes.

    Domain: Leadership Development

    Location: TBA

    Speakers: Amanda Elliott, Economic Development Administrator, Arizona Office of Economic Development, Gilbert, AZ; Jennifer Lindley, Economic Development Coordinator, Town of Queen Creek, AZ; Samantha Jackson, Senior Director of BID Services/Operations, Phoenix, AZ; and Leasa Gibbons, Executive Director, Regina’s Warehouse District, Regina, Saskatchewan

  • Does your organization produce numerous events?  Is it labor intensive and are you asking yourself should we be doing these events in house or outsource to a vendor?  Attend this session and learn from three practitioners with different perspectives on why they do events in house and/or outsource.

    Domain: Marketing, Communication and Events

    Location: TBA

    Speakers: Kate Borders, President/Executive Director, Downtown Tempe Authority, Tempe, AZ and Maureen Martino, Executive Director, Lakeview East Chamber of Commerce, Chicago, IL

  • Location: The Historic Pearl Brewery Development at 303 Pearl Parkway

    Sponsored by CPS Energy, Pape-Dawson Engineers, Inc. and Weston Urban

    Close out the 2018 conference with a celebration at The Historic Pearl Brewery Development, a transformational adaptive reuse of a 1900s brewery into a self-sufficient, mixed-use “village” featuring office, residential, retail, dining and green spaces. Located north of downtown, this visionary development created a dynamic, pedestrian-oriented urban district that reflects the unique character and culture of San Antonio while revitalizing a landmark destination symbolic of San Antonio’s “retropolitan” movement. Join IDA for an evening on the Pearl lawn with SoundCream Air Stream for an open-air dance party complete with food and beverages from local and internationally renowned chefs.

     

2018 Master Talks

IDA Master Talks present the industry's most engaging and innovative speakers. More details on the 2018 speakers will be released regularly leading up to the conference. Join our mailing list for conference updates by contacting Allison Shashok at allison@downtown.org.  

Gov. John Hickenlooper

Governor, Colorado

John Hickenlooper is a former geologist and entrepreneur, who recently added “author” to his resume with the publication of his memoir, The Opposite of Woe: My Life in Beer and Politics. He champions innovation, collaboration and efficiency. When he was inaugurated Governor of Colorado in 2011, having run on his history of collaboration for community good, he became the first Denver mayor to be elected governor in 150 years. He has recruited talent from all quarters, and is redefining the relationship between a state government and its business and civic communities. Since taking office, the Governor and his team have endeavored to make Colorado the most probusiness state, with the highest environmental and ethical standards.  

Derreck Kayongo

Business Visionary, Global Soap Project Founder & Former CEO of the Center for Civil and Human Rights

Derreck Kayongo and his family fled a civil war in Uganda and settled in the U.S. when he was just ten years old. Today, he is a successful entrepreneur and human rights innovator. Though most well known as a 2011 CNN Hero and founder of the Global Soap Project, Kayongo is an expert in environmental sustainability and global health. He is also the former CEO of the National Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta, Georgia which capitalizes on the immersive management and leadership experience he has developed over the last 20 years working for Noble Peace Prize winning-organizations like Amnesty International and the American Friends Service Committee.  

Ross Bruce Martin

Economic Agitator and Adviser on Regional Economies

Ross Bruce Martin works with governments at all levels across Scotland, the UK and Europe to design, develop and deliver inclusive growth. He brings together the power of economic policy with the purpose of social impact – agitating for lasting change through meaningful collaboration between public, private and social sectors. As national adviser to Business Improvement Districts in Scotland, Ross has been at the forefront of designing, developing and delivering innovative BIDs. Ross has played a variety of senior roles in advisory, executive and thought-leadership capacities, at the local, regional and national levels each linked by a consistent thread strengthening Scotland’s socio-economic resilience.  

Kerry Morrison

Executive Director, Hollywood Property Owners Alliance

Kerry Morrison is the executive director of the Hollywood Property Owners Alliance, which manages the Hollywood Entertainment and Sunset and Vine BIDs. She recently completed a two-year Stanton Fellowship which afforded her the opportunity to bring ideas to city and county leaders about a new approach toward engaging with and treating people with mental illness. She serves on L.A.'s City's Citizen Oversight Committee for the HHH homeless housing bond and the Home for Good Business Leaders Task Force to end homelessness.  

Akshay Pottathil

Co-Director, Center for Information Convergence & Strategy (CICS) at San Diego State University

Pottathil is a strategist with extensive experience in developing public-private partnerships. He has a proven ability to conduct accurate needs analysis, assess technical capabilities, conduct strategic planning, build and motivate teams, and manage high-risk/high-reward projects. At San Diego State University, he was honored with the “Faculty of the Year” award in the Homeland Security program and has been granted multiple Presidential Leadership Fund awards. His efforts have spanned across North America, Europe, the Middle East, and South East Asia. Pottathil serves as BORDERPOL's Vice President for Technology and as Co-Director of San Diego State University’s Center for Information Convergence and Strategy (CICS), in addition to other academic and non-academic appointments.  

Janet Marie Smith

Senior Vice President, Planning & Development, Los Angeles Dodgers

Janet Marie Smith was named Dodgers’ senior vice president of planning and development in 2012. Since then, she has overseen large-scale improvement projects at Dodger Stadium and Campo Las Palmas. Smith is best known for her work on the construction and design of Oriole Park at Camden Yards, which set the standard for a new wave of ballparks after its opening in 1992. Smith also served as senior vice president of planning and development for the Boston Red Sox, president of Turner Sports and Entertainment Development, and vice president of planning and development for the Atlanta Braves.  
   

Get a Taste Of Last Year

Watch videos from previous Master Talk sessions by visiting our YouTube channel.

 

Newcomers Reception

Wednesday, October 24, 2018 | 5:30 pm –  6:15 pm

Location: TBD

This reception, designed for new IDA members or first-time conference attendees, is a great way to network with other newcomers. Seasoned IDA members and staff will be available to answer any questions about the conference or IDA in general.

 

NEW in 2018! IDA Conference Attendee Mentor Program

Is this your first time attending an IDA conference? We have designed a new program to match you with a mentor one month prior to attending the IDA Annual Conference & Tradeshow in San Antonio, Texas October 24-26, 2018. You will be notified via email by your mentor to set up a time to either talk on the phone or meet at the conference once you arrive in San Antonio. Sign up by filling out your registration form and checking the box “Match me with a Mentor.” Questions? Email registration@downtown.org.


Opening Reception

Wednesday, October 24, 2018 | 6:30 pm –  8:00 pm

Location: La Villita at 418 Villita Street

Sponsored by Centro San Antonio and City of San Antonio – Center City Development and Operations

Celebrate the opening of the 64th Annual Conference & Tradeshow at La Villita, San Antonio’s first neighborhood. Located on the south bank of the San Antonio River, this “little village” was originally a settlement of primitive huts for the Spanish soldiers stationed at the Mission San Antonio Valero (the Alamo). Today, La Villita has evolved into an artistic community hub featuring performing arts, theatre, dance, concerts and festivals, and is a center of life, laughter and celebration. Join IDA for an exclusive sneak peek of the Dia de Los Muertos festival while networking with other attendees.

 


Closing Reception

Friday, October 26, 2018 | 5:30 pm –  7:00 pm

Location: The Historic Pearl Brewery Development at 303 Pearl Parkway

Sponsored by CPS Energy, Pape-Dawson Engineers, Inc. and Weston Urban

Close out the 2018 conference with a celebration at The Historic Pearl Brewery Development, a transformational adaptive reuse of a 1900s brewery into a self-sufficient, mixed-use “village” featuring office, residential, retail, dining and green spaces. Located north of downtown, this visionary development created a dynamic, pedestrian-oriented urban district that reflects the unique character and culture of San Antonio while revitalizing a landmark destination symbolic of San Antonio’s “retropolitan” movement. Join IDA for an evening on the Pearl lawn with SoundCream Air Stream for an open-air dance party complete with food and beverages from local and internationally renowned chefs.


Tours & Workshops

Pre-conference tours and workshops fill up quickly. If you did not previously register for a tour or workshop, contact the registration team at registration@downtown.org to add it to your itinerary.

 

Pre-Conference Workshops

Historic Preservation as a Partner in Downtown Development ($75)
Wednesday, October 24
8:30am – 11:30am

In this pre-conference workshop you will learn about why historic preservation is important in protecting community character, the importance of stakeholder involvement, and the resources and tools needed to be successful in historic preservation. Learn about San Antonio’s unified vision for its downtown and how it underscores the importance of preserving historic buildings, unique character, and the San Antonio River as treasured assets. Through local preservation programs and State and Federal resources and incentives, the rehabilitation of existing and historic buildings has become not only more feasible but also a desirable approach for real estate developers. You will also learn about Oregon Heritage, the states preservation agency, which commissioned a national research project that identified 150 different public-sector grants and incentives that support heritage, history and downtown organizations.  You will learn about the ten more effective grant and incentive programs that you can convey to your state’s historic preservation office to encourage them to add to their toolbox.

Presenters: Shanon Miller, Historic Preservation Officer, City of San Antonio, San Antonio, TX; James Lindberg, Vice President of Research and Policy, National Trust for Historic Preservation, Denver, CO; and Donna Ann Harris, Principal, Heritage Consulting Inc., Philadelphia, PA

Domain: Planning, Design and Infrastructure

 

Downtown Marketing from the Intersection of People & Technology ($75)
Wednesday, October 24
8:30am – 11:30am

From target personas to pairing media and communications with the “customer journey” – in this session we’ll tackle marketing planning approaches, trends like automation, the diffusion of social media, Gen Z & more. Session attendees will learn how to reduce marketing waste, connect with their target markets where and when they need them, and learn about a sea change in visitor behavior that will impact your marketing planning for years to come.

Presenters: Josh Yeager, Partner, Bright Brothers Strategy Group, Philadelphia, PA and David Romako, Partner, Bright Brothers Strategy Group, Phoenix, AZ

Domain: Marketing, Communication and Events

 

The Buck Stops Here! Managing Board and Staff for Impact and Effectiveness ($75)
Wednesday, October 24
12:30pm – 3:30pm

Understanding your role as a CEO, Executive Director or Board member can be a challenge at times. In this session, you’ll learn from three seasoned experts in the urban place management profession that will share best practices of roles and responsibilities of the CEO/Executive Director, Board of Directors, and staff. The focus areas will include leadership roles, governance obligations and financial responsibilities and real-life examples will be used to demonstrate how healthy organizations operate and make good decisions. Specifically, you’ll learn how to use evaluation tools, policies and procedures, and strategic planning to take your organization to the next level, in addition to understanding the basic legal, fiscal and operating responsibilities of a Board, its CEO and an organization.

Presenters: Kimberly Bares, President, Place Consulting, Chicago, IL; Maggie Campbell, Director of Urban Experience, MIG, San Diego, CA; and Abel Rodriguez, CFO, Chicago Loop Alliance, Chicago, IL

Domain: Organizational Management

 

Pre-Conference Tours

Golf Outing ($150)
Wednesday, October 24
6:15am – 1:00pm

You will be picked up by a shuttle to tee off for 7:00 am, a light breakfast will be provided prior to heading out onto the course. At The Quarry Golf Course in San Antonio, you will be challenged and rewarded in many ways. The front nine plays in a links-style format and features rolling hills, native grasses and immaculate greens. The back nine lays out in a 100-year-old quarry pit. With elevated tee boxes and shots that will fly over large expanses, you will definitely love your experience at San Antonio’s premier golf course, The Quarry.

Tee time: 7:00am


A Community Approach to Homelessness – Bus Tour to Austin, TX (SOLD OUT)

Wednesday, October 24
7:15 am – 3:30 pm
Like most cities, Austin faces huge challenges when it comes to finding solutions for the growing population of individuals experiencing homelessness. You will see and learn about our network of service providers firsthand, including a new downtown affordable housing project with 135 efficiency studio apartments. The highlight of the tour will be a visit to Community First Village. You will hear from the founder, Alan Graham and tour this first-of-its-kind community. You will gain insights and have an honest look at the challenges, successes, failures and new ways we are finding solutions.

 

Westside Murals Bike Tour (SOLD OUT)
Wednesday, October 24
8:30am – 11:30am
The historic buildings and neighborhoods of San Antonio’s Westside provide both a sense of place and community. The Westside is a diverse neighborhood characterized by locally run shops known as tienditas, pretty Catholic churches, 1920s shotgun homes, and the occasional turn-of-the-century Queen Anne ornamentation. But what really distinguishes the neighborhood is its mural collection, featuring 56 murals to date, splashed across its shop facades, community centers, and brick walls. More than mere artworks, the murals serve to illustrate cultural selfhood, celebrating the neighborhood’s Chicano character and laying claim to a distinctly Mexican-American identity. Bikes will be provided, please plan accordingly.

 

Mission Reach Bike Tour (SOLD OUT)
Wednesday, October 24
8:30am – 11:30am
Since prehistoric times, the San Antonio River has been a vital resource to the inhabitants of the San Antonio River Basin and has greatly contributed to the rich history of the area. On this bike tour, we will explore the Mission Reach Ecosystem Restoration and Recreation Project, which has transformed an eight-mile stretch of the San Antonio River into a thriving ecosystem as well as a local favorite for outdoor activities such as biking, walking, fishing and kayaking. Bikes will be provided, please plan accordingly.

 

UNESCO World Heritage Missions Bus Tour ($75)
Wednesday, October 24
9:00am – 2:30pm
Built by Franciscan missionaries in the 18th century to illustrate the Spanish crown’s efforts to colonize, evangelize and defend the northern frontier of New Spain, the San Antonio Missions are an interweaving of Spanish and Coahuiltecan cultures. The modern city of San Antonio owes its existence to its rich mission heritage. Guests of this tour will have a rare opportunity to see all five historic mission sites and learn from the incredible path to UNESCO designation and the strategic coordination for preserving these international treasures for generations to come. This tour includes lunch. Vegetarian & gluten free options available.

 

Riverwalk Architecture Barge Tour (SOLD OUT)
Wednesday, October 24
12:30pm – 3:30pm
An inspiration to designers and engineers worldwide, the San Antonio River Walk (or Paseo del Rio) is a linear public park that wears many hats – a major tourist destination that draws several million visitors annually, effective engineered flood control, diverse showcase of Texan plants and art, and beloved local parade and programming site. Join us for a fun-filled river barge tour exploring the iconic destination described by Pulitzer Prize-winning American journalist Ernie Pyle as “The American Venice.”

 

The Downtown Cultural Corridors Bus Tour ($50)  
Wednesday, October 24
12:30pm – 3:30pm
Join us as we explore the corridors and communities that make up the greater Downtown of San Antonio. Neighborhoods such as the King William Historic District, Southtown Arts District, Zona Cultural, Guadalupe Cultural Arts District, the Pearl, Broadway Cultural Corridor and finally the Eastside Promise Zone. All offer abundant historical and cultural stories, major public and private redevelopment efforts, and representation of our city’s heritage and appeal.

 

Hops & History Brewery Bus Tour ($50)
Wednesday, October 24
12:30pm – 3:30pm
San Antonio is rich with a history of hops and barley. The city has undergone a craft beer revival, but its German settlers and natural spring water made it a hub of beer production early on. Join us for a fun and insightful tour of the breweries downtown where we will examine the rich history and impact of the brewing industry and celebrate current and future ventures in the local brewing economy. There will be plenty of sampling along the way! (21+ only)

 

Mobile Workshops

Preservation & Protection – The King William Historic Neighborhood ($25)
Thursday, October 25
8:00am – 10:00am
Explore the sprawling 25 blocks of Downtown San Antonio distinguished as the King William Historic District. 19th-century residences have been preserved and often reincarnated into cafés, art galleries, museums and shops. Prominent German merchants originally settled this district and brought with them a distinct architectural style. Zoned as the state’s first historic district, it remains a fashionably eclectic neighborhood thanks to the collaborative efforts and thoughtful planning of the San Antonio Conservation Society, the King William Association, and the City’s Office of Historic Preservation. *This is a walking tour; please plan accordingly.

 

San Pedro Creek Linear Park – Flowing with a Purpose ($25)
Thursday, October 25
8:00am – 10:00am
On this walking tour, learn about the magnificent history of San Pedro Creek and soak in the sights and sounds of the city’s vibrant culture while strolling along the banks of a beautifully restored ecosystem teeming with inspired art, splendid paseos, iconic pavilions, places of respite and cultural reflections. In total, construction on the San Pedro Creek Culture Park will add more than 60,000 linear feet of new walls, replace eight street bridges and all associated utilities while adding four miles of walking trails and 11 acres of landscaping. In addition to safely conveying floodwaters, low impact design elements are improving water quality and restoring the natural habitat, and once complete, is expected to spur a $1.5 billion economic impact. *This is a walking tour; please plan accordingly.

 

The Pearl – How a Historic Brewery Transformed a City (SOLD OUT)
Thursday, October 25
1:00pm – 3:00pm
After 15 years lying derelict, the creative re-imagining of the Pearl, a 26-acre brownfield site and its neglected historic structures, has drawn international recognition while curating a rich mix of new residents, local businesses, retail and non-profits, emphasizing community, conservation and local economic development. The Pearl Brewery Redevelopment is a sustainable destination that maintained its iconic identity, upholding the legacy of the historic brewery while radically re-purposing key components of the complex. Learn from the public and private partners, developers and placemakers on how this once abandoned brewery has become a catalyst for Downtown San Antonio.

 

Haven for Hope – Radical Compassion to Homelessness Bus Tour (SOLD OUT)
Thursday, October 25
1:00pm – 3:00pm
Haven for Hope is a 22-acre campus for people who are experiencing homelessness that uses a one-of-a-kind approach, radically increasing accessibility and efficiency of resources. The Haven for Hope “one stop” design was born after 18 months of research of over 200 homeless shelters across the country. Working together with over 90 partner agencies, Haven for Hope addresses common causes of homelessness including lack of affordable housing, unemployment, underemployment, mental illness and substance abuse. Explore the benefit of agency partnerships, emergency shelter and outreach efforts (street and encampments), as well as the recent tactics used to meet the guidelines to declare an end to Veteran Homelessness within San Antonio.

 

Tex-Next – Creative City of Gastronomy ($25)
Thursday, October 25
3:15pm – 5:00pm
In 2017, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) honored the city of San Antonio among its worldwide Creative Cities Network as a designated Creative City of Gastronomy, only the second city in the U.S. to earn this distinction, and the first in Texas. San Antonio’s culinary heritage is significant for its confluence of many world cultures such as Mexican, Spanish, German and French, as well as its geology and geography. Learn from world famous local chefs on what makes the San Antonio culinary economy unique and explore the new culinary project investment of $7.6 million in Historic La Villita, one of the first neighborhoods in San Antonio.

 

Downtown Tech Trek (SOLD OUT)
Thursday, October 25
3:15pm – 5:00pm
The emerging downtown Tech District is home to incubators, co-work spaces, startups, digital design agencies, enterprise tech firms and coding schools. Newly formed and quickly growing, the district is home to Google Fiber, Geekdom, and the Center for Applied Science & Technology (CAST) High School, downtown’s oldest career-themed high school focused on coding, cybersecurity, gaming, entrepreneurship and business. Learn from the catalytic thought leaders and developers behind the tech movement and their strategy to position downtown and the city as a trailblazer for several emerging high growth industries including Internet infrastructure, cybersecurity, and biotech, as well as Internet software and services space. *This is a walking tour; please plan accordingly.

 

The Alamo Master Plan – Reimagining the Alamo ($25)
Friday, October 26
10:15am – 12:15pm
The Alamo, known formally as Mission San Antonio de Valero, is one of the most recognized and most visited historic sites in the State of Texas. Explore the unprecedented partnership between the City of San Antonio, the State of Texas General Land Office, and the private Alamo Endowment to create a new vision for the future and raise the necessary funds for its implementation. The goal of this master plan is to reverse the decline, restore the reverence and dignity of the site, and recapture and celebrate its real identity, based on evidence and the best principles and practices of heritage conservation planning and design. *This is a walking tour; please plan accordingly.

 

Haven for Hope – Radical Compassion to Homelessness Bus Tour (SOLD OUT)
Friday, October 26
10:15am – 12:15pm
Haven for Hope is a 22-acre campus for people who are experiencing homelessness that uses a one-of-a-kind approach, radically increasing accessibility and efficiency of resources. The Haven for Hope “one stop” design was born after 18 months of research of over 200 homeless shelters across the country. Working together with over 90 partner agencies, Haven for Hope addresses common causes of homelessness including lack of affordable housing, unemployment, underemployment, mental illness and substance abuse. Explore the benefit of agency partnerships, emergency shelter and outreach efforts (street and encampments), as well as the recent tactics used to meet the guidelines to declare an end to Veteran Homelessness within San Antonio.

 

Hemisfair – More Than A Park ($25)
Friday, October 26
1:00pm – 3:00pm
Through the efforts of Hemisfair Park Area Redevelopment Corporation (HPARC) and the Hemisfair Conservancy, the former site of the 1968 World’s Fair will be transformed into a series of three parks in the heart of downtown. Building upon a special past, the goal is to provide an inspiring urban park that all San Antonians will enjoy. This tour will explore the first redevelopment park Yanaguana Garden, an active play environment designed for all ages and ability levels as well as the seven principles effectively guiding all decisions in the redevelopment process – connectivity, development, green space, balance, preservation, sustainability and leadership. *This is a walking tour; please plan accordingly.

 

The University of Texas at San Antonio – Urban Future Labs ($25)
Friday, October 26
1:00pm – 3:00pm
To address challenges and explore the rapidly changing dynamics of urban futures and how they relate to local economies and civic life, the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) founded the Urban Future Lab. Housed within the UTSA College of Architecture, Construction and Planning on the downtown campus, the interdisciplinary think-tank functions as a research and teaching laboratory and claims a leading role in determining the future of San Antonio’s built environment. The Urban Future Lab employs three guiding principles: Dialogue, Geography, Design-Citizen Agency and Public Interest Design. *A portion of this tour is on foot; please plan accordingly.

 

Haven for Hope – Radical Compassion to Homelessness Bus Tour ($25)
Friday, October 26
1:00pm – 3:00pm
Haven for Hope is a 22-acre campus for people who are experiencing homelessness that uses a one-of-a-kind approach, radically increasing accessibility and efficiency of resources. The Haven for Hope “one stop” design was born after 18 months of research of over 200 homeless shelters across the country. Working together with over 90 partner agencies, Haven for Hope addresses common causes of homelessness including lack of affordable housing, unemployment, underemployment, mental illness and substance abuse. Explore the benefit of agency partnerships, emergency shelter and outreach efforts (street and encampments), as well as the recent tactics used to meet the guidelines to declare an end to Veteran Homelessness within San Antonio.

 

Comida, Commerce & Culture – Zona Cultural District ($25)
Friday, October 26
3:15pm – 5:00pm
The western face of San Antonio’s historic downtown has won newfound recognition as the state’s newest metro cultural district. The Zona Cultural’s 44 contiguous blocks include San Pedro Creek, Main Plaza, San Fernando Cathedral, Plaza de Armas, the Spanish Governor’s Palace, Market Square, and Alameda Theater, among many other historic structures and places. Within the district is also a section of West Commerce that will receive a “complete street” update, transforming the concrete canyon into a multi-modal street that connects downtown to 60 “cultural assets” identified in the cultural district. *A portion of this tour is on foot; please plan accordingly.

 

Activate Houston Street Initiative – A Placemaking Action Plan (SOLD OUT)
Friday, October 26
3:15pm – 5:00pm
Houston Street was once a retail mecca so exclusive it rivaled Fifth Avenue in New York City. However, despite being a major artery into downtown, it became all but dead between 1975 and 2000. Activate Houston Street is an initiative tasked with the goal of creating a placemaking-based action plan for reinvigorating the corridor. The plan includes stakeholder and community feedback gathered through a series of workshops using participatory decision-making processes and strategies to mitigate the perceived lack of access or parking along the corridor, infill development, activation of empty storefronts, and developing a robust communication campaign to ultimately attract more users to the corridor. *This is a walking tour; please plan accordingly.

 


Retropolitan: The New American City

The International Downtown Association (IDA) and co-host, Centro San Antonio, proudly present the IDA 64th Annual Conference & Tradeshow, themed “Retropolitan: The New American City,” October 24-26, 2018 in San Antonio, Texas. Celebrating its 300th anniversary, San Antonio exemplifies the growing “retropolitan” movement nationwide – preserving a rich and diverse cultural history, while looking toward the future.

For decades, urban place management professionals have acted as leaders of their communities by undertaking the strategic and visionary work of city building. The 2018 conference will be organized around IDA’s 7 official knowledge domains, recognizing the distinct areas of professional practice used to shape vibrant urban districts which anchor the well-being of towns, cities, and regions around the world.

DOMAIN: Economic Development

How We Do Economic Development: Best Practices and Trends from IDA’s Economic Development Top Issues Council

Thursday, October 25 | 8:30am – 10:00am

IDA’s Economic Development Top Issues Council has been working throughout 2018 to compile research on how downtown organizations engage and practice economic development. See how your downtown stacks up. Learn about cutting edge programs and policies that downtown organizations are using to advance their economic development agendas. Find out about the top trends and issues facing downtowns in the area of economic development. If your downtown has an economic development program or if you are considering adding such a program, you will want to hear about the research findings and results from this IDA Top Issues Council.

Moderator: Cynthia Stewart, Vice President, Municipal and Intergovernmental Affairs, ICSC, New York, NY
Speakers: Gary Ferguson, Executive Director, Downtown Ithaca Alliance, Ithaca, NY and Brett Roler, Vice President of Planning and Dev., Downtown Memphis Commission, Memphis, TN

 

Innovative Approaches to Commercial Office Tenant Attraction and Engagement

Thursday, October 25 | 1:30pm – 3:00pm

Over the years, there have been a natural and gradual expansion of BIDs’ roles to influence the commercial vitality of their communities.  BIDs cannot afford to sit on the sidelines; they must be active change agents to ensure that the desired business mix is achieved, that occupancy levels are optimal, and that the district is a reliable investment opportunity.  Hear from three BIDs that are attracting new commercial office tenants to their districts.

Moderator: Neil Albert, President and Exec. Dir., Downtown DC BID, Washington, DC
Speakers: Mary-Claire Burick, President, Rosslyn BID, Arlington, VA; Davon Barbour, Senior Vice President Economic Development, Downtown Partnership of Baltimore, Baltimore, MD; and Regina Myer, President, Downtown Brooklyn Partnership, Brooklyn, NY

 

Thinking Outside the (Big) Box: New and Better Approaches to Retail Market Analysis

Thursday, October 25 | 3:30pm – 5:00pm

Trade area radii. Median incomes. Sales-leakage data These might serve as useful starting points for a retail market analysis, but they are also severely flawed and/or woefully inadequate as tools for both assessing the potential of densely-developed, mixed-use urban places as well as understanding how exactly to realize that potential. In this practical “how-to” workshop, we explain — in accessible language and with Downtown San Antonio as a laboratory — where and why the standard methodology falls short, and take participants step-by-step through an alternative approach that they can use to develop a realistic and implementable retail strategy for their own districts.

Speakers: Michael Berne, President, MJB Consulting, Berkeley, CA and Laurel Brown, CEO, Greater Jamaica Development Corp, Jamaica, NY

 

Innovation Districts 2.0: Lessons Learned from Early Adopters and Future Action

Friday, October 26 | 10:30am – 12:00pm

Dozens of cities have designated specific neighborhoods as “innovation districts.” These districts have three essential components: anchor institutions, entrepreneurs and amenities. While some pieces of a district may emerge organically, activating a district to benefit the entire city requires purposeful action and leadership.

Speaker: Sean Luther, Executive Director, InnovatePGH – The Pittsburgh Innovation District, Pittsburgh, PA

 

Form Follows Finance: Unplugging Economic and Planning Barriers

Friday, October 26 | 1:30pm – 3:00pm

Data visualizations, economic impact modeling and policy hacks, oh my!  This session is a must for anyone interested in the intersection of downtown economic development, Smart Growth and regional infrastructure development.  Participants will learn about cutting edge applications of geoaccounting, design and ninja policy moves in downtown Bozeman, Montana and Durham, North Carolina.

Speakers: Joe Minicozzi, AICP, Principal, Urban3, Asheville, NC and Nicole J. Thompson, President/CEO, Downtown Durham, Inc., Durham, NC

 

DOMAIN: Planning, Design and Infrastructure

Taking the Pulse of Downtown: Diagnosis and Treatment

Thursday, October 25 | 8:30am – 10:00am

What’s working? What needs work?  A panel of speakers will present real-world conditions in downtown settings to illustrate how communities across the country are keeping their downtowns healthy by implementing a range of simple and high-tech solutions.  Participants will use their own problem-solving skills in a small group setting.  This is an opportunity to share ideas and solutions that participants can take home for application in their communities.

Speakers: Robert Gibbs, AICP, ASLA, CNU-A, President, Gibbs Planning, Birmingham, MI; Rod Arroyo, AICP, Partner and Director of Community Planning, Giffels Webster, Detroit, MI and Jill Bahm, AICP, Principal Planner, Giffels Webster, Birmingham, MI

 

Zoning and Regulations for Retail Vitality

Thursday, October 25 | 1:30pm – 3:00pm

Successful retailers must exhibit creativity to thrive in a rapidly changing retail environment yet, concepts like breweries, retailers that offer educational classes, and small scale artisanal food manufacturers frequently get tripped up with code violations, parking requirements, and special permits that make it hard to compete. This session brings together national experts and practitioners to provide guidance and ensure your codes and regulations align with the new retail reality.

Speakers: Larisa Ortiz, Principal, Larisa Ortiz Associates, Jackson Heights, NY; Craig Lewis, FAICP, LEED AP, CNU-A, Principal, Stantec, Charlotte, NC; Sara C. Bronin, City of Hartford Planning and Zoning Commission, Hartford, CT; and Bob Zuckerman, Executive Director, South Orange Village Center Alliance, South Orange, NY

 

The AV Future is Now to See

Thursday, October 25 | 3:30pm – 5:00pm

Through case studies in more than 10 locations, participants will learn about community speed AVs now ready for the streets and ways to prepare their cities for AVs. Special attention will be paid to transformational opportunities for economic growth, re-envisioning place and expanding mobility for all. Together the panelists will provide a “road app” for sound AV deployment including use and business cases, funding sources, and more.

Speakers: Kelley Coyner, Mobility Innovator, Mobility e3, Arlington, VA; Alisyn Malek, COO, May Mobility, Ann Arbor, MI; and Tom Bamonte (Invited), Senior Program Manager, Automated Vehicles, North Central Texas Council of Governments, Arlington, TX

 

Taming the Beast: Rethinking Transportation Infrastructure in our Downtowns

Friday, October 26 | 10:30am – 12:00pm

While transportation infrastructure provides the life blood of most downtowns, it can also create barrier and blighting effects. Today, many cities are reevaluating the presence of transportation infrastructure and weighing the benefits of keeping, removing or modifying this infrastructure to enhance the livability, walkability and quality of life found in downtown communities. Join our panelists in a discussion about how to hold a meaningful dialog about legacy infrastructure, design interventions to soften the presence of infrastructure to make it a better neighbor, and how to keep people coming downtown when infrastructure is being revitalized, redesigned or removed.

Speakers: Jordan Polon, Executive Director, Hartford BID, Hartford, CT; Paul MacKinnon, Executive Director, Downtown Halifax Business Commission, Halifax, Nova Scotia; and Pierre Sainte-Marie, ing., urb., MBA, Chef de division, Montréal, Québec

 

Trash Talks: Approaches for a Waste-Free Public Realm

Friday, October 26 | 10:30am – 12:00pm

The cleanliness of a neighborhood’s streets and sidewalks is one of the most visible metrics by which urban place management organizations are evaluated. BIDs get firsthand experience with the impacts of too much trash on budgets, pedestrian activity, and business retention. Practitioners will share learnings on moving towards a sustainable and waste-free public realm by partnering with property owners and businesses and implementing innovative solutions.

Speaker: Monica Munn, Director of Economic Development, Union Square Partnership, New York, NY

 

Sizzling Second Tier Cities: Action Plans Reshaping Downtowns

Friday, October 26 | 1:30pm – 3:00pm

Second tier cities are heating up and market-based action plans can provide a catalyst to reshape downtowns. Hear how Reno and Evansville both used recent downtown plans as a springboard to create new downtown management organizations and BIDs that are rapidly becoming agents of change in each city.

Moderator: Brad Segal, President, Progressive Urban Management Associates, Inc, Denver, CO

Speakers: Janette MacDonald, CEO and General Manager, Downtown London, London, Ontario; Cindy Carano, Executive Director of Community Relations, El Dorado Resorts, Reno, NV; and Josh Armstrong, Executive Director, Evansville Downtown Alliance, Evansville, IN

 

Urban Mobility: The Role of Urban Place Management Organizations in Prioritizing Connectivity in Downtowns

Friday, October 26 | 3:30pm – 5:00pm

Urban place management organizations are nimble in navigating transportation issues.  The session will discuss trends and how UMPOs play an essential role in planning and implementing projects that improve connectivity in city centers including public transportation, bike infrastructure, transportation network companies and autonomous vehicles.  Additionally, we will discuss how UMPOs assist transportation projects at every level – working with the community during the concept stage; working with government entities on the planning stage; working with transportation agencies on funding and implementation stage.

 

DOMAIN: Public Space Management and Operations

User-Tailored Tracking: From Data Collection to Stakeholder Presentation

Thursday, October 25 | 8:30am – 10:00am

Urban district management organizations do not always have technology staff capable of in-depth analyses and database development; if they do, they might collaborate with less tech-savvy partners who are responsible for data collection and tracking. This presentation explores simple and creative methods of collecting and sharing data that can be tailored to the individual user, while holding the safety and security of sensitive data to high standards.

Speakers: Amy Geren, Downtown Experience Liaison, Portland Downtown, Portland, ME; Dominic Long, Community Safety Manager, Downtown Vancouver BIA, Vancouver, BC; and James Anderson, Data Analyst and Visualization Specialist, Downtown Vancouver BIA, Vancouver, BC

 

The Nighttime Economy Ecosystem  

Thursday, October 25 | 8:30am – 10:00am

The members of the Nighttime Economy Top Issues Council will present their findings and explain their process in the drafting of the various facets of a healthy nighttime economy. Delve deeper into the four main topics discussed in the final report: Nighttime Infrastructure, Social and community safety, Activation and Engagement, and Quality of Life Mitigation.

Speaker: Vincent Martinez, AICP, BID Operations Manager, Downtown Denver Partnership, Denver, CO

 

Alley Gallery: Hidden Treasures in Forgotten Places

Thursday, October 25 | 3:30pm – 5:00pm

Alley activation is the hot new topic around the globe.  Come to this session to learn how different districts are activating their alleys and incorporating public art.

Speakers: Ken Herndon, Special Projects Coordinator, Louisville Downtown Partnership, Louisville, KY; Michael Edwards, President & CEO, Chicago Loop Alliance, Chicago, IL; and Todd Dangerfield, LEED AP BD+C, Project Manager, Fort Collins DDA

 

Dockless Bikes and Scooters: The New Frontier

Friday, October 26 | 10:30am – 12:00pm

Attend this session to learn how other downtown districts are working through the challenges and opportunities of dockless bikes and scooters.

Speakers: Casey Burack, Esq., Vice President, Policy, Downtown Austin Alliance, Austin, TX; Laura Dierenfield, Division Manager, Active Transportation and Street Design Division, City of Austin/ Austin Transportation Department, Austin, TX; Elliott McFadden, Executive Director, Austin B-cycle, Austin, TX; Dustin Bullard, Vice President – Public Space and Design, Downtown Dallas, Dallas, TX; Jared White, Manager II, Department of Transportation, City of Dallas, Dallas, TX; Andrew Glass Hastings, Director, Transit & Mobility, Seattle Department of Transportation, Seattle, WA; Jon Scholes, CEO, Downtown Seattle Association, Seattle, WA; and Lindsey Shields, VP Market Engagement, Zagster, Boston, MA

 

Redesigning and Improving Homeless Services Through Effective Collaboration

Friday, October 26 | 3:30pm – 5:00pm

Come to this session to learn how to create and sustain effective partnerships between diverse organizations to create innovative solutions to unique problems surrounding homelessness.

Speakers: Camille Winnie, Downtown SLC Alliance, Salt Lake City, UT; Kathleen Eriksen, President and CEO, Downtown Tucson Partnership, Tucson, AZ; and Derek Bock, COO, Voortrekker Road CID, Cape Town, South Africa

 

DOMAIN: Leadership Development

Preparing for the C-Suite

Thursday, October 25 | 3:30pm – 5:00pm

Cultivate the “soft” skills necessary for professionals desiring a spot in the C-Suite. Determine how you are viewed by current leadership and how to adjust the narrative when you are not the “heir apparent.” Master the art effective Story Telling and learn where and when to use it to your adequityvantage. Turn conversations about specific professional topics into concise, compelling stories that resonate and cultivate your leadership status with the audience.

Speakers: Cheryl Barruso, Refinement Partner, Winner Partners, New York, NY; Tina Winner, Managing Partner, Winner Partners, New York, NY; Steven Oberhoffer, Managing Partner, Winner Partners, New York, NY; Jennifer Brown, Executive Director, Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership, New York, NY; and David Ginsburg, Senior Advisor, Gilman Partners and former President & CEO, Downtown Cincinnati, Inc. Cincinnati, OH

 

The Art of Leadership

Friday, October 26 | 1:30pm – 3:00pm

What does one practice the art of leadership? Our panel will create a vibrant conversation focused on the art of leadership. How do you motivate people? What does it take to build a championship team? How does a leader use conflict to build a stronger team producing better outcomes? This panel will discuss case studies that are directly applicable to your situation to show how you can improve your leadership art.

Moderator: Dr. Steven Goodwin, Founder & President, TurningWest, Chino Hills, CA
Speakers: Kraig Kojian, President & CEO, Downtown Long Beach Alliance, Long Beach, CA; Kate Joncas, Partner, PlaceStrategic, Seattle, WA; and Maggie Campbell, Director of Urban Experience, MIG, San Diego, CA

 

Navigating Municipal Departments: What to Know Before Quitting Your Job Over Your Municipal Partner

Friday, October 26 | 3:30pm – 5:00pm

From coast to coast, BIDs and Downtown Associations find themselves having to circumvent the municipal process because it is bureaucratic, arduous or because they always say no. Believe it or not, municipal employees who oversee downtowns face similar challenges. From the panel, learn how they have learned to navigate the municipal process in order to get things done, streamline the process and build relationships that turn no into yes.

Speakers: Amanda Elliott, Economic Development Administrator, Arizona Office of Economic Development, Gilbert, AZ; Jennifer Lindley, Economic Development Coordinator, Town of Queen Creek, AZ; Samantha Jackson, Senior Director of BID Services/Operations, Phoenix, AZ; and Leasa Gibbons, Executive Director, Regina’s Warehouse District, Regina, Saskatchewan

 

DOMAIN: Organizational Management

Together We Can: Collective Learning and Action at the Local Level

Friday, October 26 | 10:30am – 12:00pm

A growing number of cities, states and provinces have multiple place management organizations operating within their borders. Come discuss how these organizations and their governments work together to share knowledge, advocate and develop innovative solutions to large-scale problems. This panel will involve a “report-out” of themes and discussions from the NYC IDA Ideas Forum this summer.

Moderator: Tim Tompkins, CEO, Times Square Alliance, New York, NY

Speakers: Natalie Avery, Executive Director, DC BID Council, Washington, DC and Kraig Kojian, President & CEO, Downtown Long Beach Alliance, Long Beach, CA

 

DOMAIN: Policy and Advocacy

Social Equity, Inclusion and the “Urban Renaissance”

Thursday, October 25 | 1:30pm – 3:00pm

Throughout 2018, the Inclusive Places Council explored the role of place management organizations in navigating challenges around social equity and inclusion in rapidly transforming cities. In this workshop the Inclusive Places Council will share toolkits and best practices around creating more inclusive public realm and organizations. We will also lead small group activities around the evolving role of Urban Place Management organizations in building more sustainable and inclusive urban economies.

Speakers: Jamillah Jordan, Director of Social Equity and Inclusion, MIG, Inc., Berkeley, CA; Natalie Avery, Executive Director, DC BID Council, Washington, DC; Kevin Moran, Executive Director, Northern Liberties Business Improvement District, Philadelphia, PA; Megan Liddle Gude, Director of Historic South End, Charlotte Center City Partners, Charlotte, NC; Shanna Draheim, Policy Director, Michigan Municipal League, Lansing, MI; and Brian Douglas Scott, Principal, BDS Planning & Urban Design, Seattle, WA

 

The Value of U.S. Downtowns: Informing a Downtown Vitality Index

Friday, October 26 | 1:30pm – 3:00pm

The Value of U.S. Downtowns and Center Cities is a data-driven examination of downtowns’ role as engines of citywide vitality. This project is in its second iteration of a new, repeatable formula for calculating the value of downtown and makes the case that investing in downtown delivers powerful citywide and regional benefits. Urban centers are productive, exciting and full of potential- learn how IDA actually measures this.

Speakers: Cathy Lin, Director of Research, International Downtown Association, Washington, DC and David Dixon, FAIA, Planning and Urban Design Leader, Stantec’s Urban Places Group, Boston, MA

 

Downtown’s Role in Achieving Equity and Mitigating Gentrification

Friday, October 26 | 3:30pm – 5:00pm

Given rapid growth, a strong economy and the changing demographics of cities, this session sets a framework for straight talk about the role that downtowns have in mitigating the impact of these changes, like gentrification, and displacement, and how it is affecting longstanding businesses and longtime residents.  Everyone should leave the session with a begging question: How can I contribute to achieving equity in my downtown or area of emphasis/interest?

Moderator: Yvette Freeman, Senior Strategist, Progressive Urban Management Associates, Denver, CO
Speakers: Alysia Davis Osborne, AICP, Director of Historic West End, Charlotte Center City Partners, Charlotte, NC; Larisa Ortiz, Principal, Larisa Ortiz Associates, Jackson Heights, NY; and Brad Segal, President, Progressive Urban Management Associates, Denver, CO


DOMAIN: Marketing, Communication and Events

Place Branding Top Issues Council:  Best Practices and Lessons Learned

Thursday, October 25 | 8:30am – 10:00am

More than merely marketing campaigns, Place Branding explores the features that make your downtown or urban space unique among others: those quirky spaces and interesting places that define your urban experience.  The Council has compiled these findings into a report that shares best practices, lessons learned, and surprising tips about how to Brand Your Space in a powerfully authentic way!

Speakers: Chad Emerson, President & CEO, Downtown Huntsville, Inc., Huntsville, AL; Jenny Starkey, Director of Marketing & Community Relations, Cherry Creek North BID, Denver, CO; Josh Yeager, Partner, Bright Brothers Strategy Group, Philadelphia, PA; and David Suls, AICP, Senior Director of Planning & Policy, Golden Triangle BID, Washington, DC

 

Engaging Millennials and Shoppers in the Digital Age

Thursday, October 25 | 1:30pm – 3:00pm

Millennials have built a reputation as the digital generation and although convenience and price are critical to keeping these customers, their spending patterns and lifestyle preferences suggest they also place value on personalized experiences and brand authenticity, both, in-store and online. This session brings together experts in the field of downtown marketing, website development, and Facebook marketing science to share best practice on successful downtown and small business marketing.

Moderator: Nur Asri, AICP Candidate, Associate Larisa Ortiz Associates, Jackson Heights, NY
Speakers: Aongus Burke, Consumer Insights Research Lead, Facebook, Menlo Park, CA; Jim Blakeslee, President, Geocentric, Bethesda, MD; and Brian Carr, Director Marketing and Communications, Midtown Alliance, Atlanta, GA

 

Retro Districts: Leveraging Arts, Culture and Heritage

Thursday, October 25 | 3:30pm – 5:00pm

In the resurgence of downtowns, cultural districts have become a highly effective catalyst for cultivating authentic mixed-use districts that encourage the people who have historically lived and worked in a place to be part of its future. Cultural districts can take many forms, but ultimately are successful because they are true to a place and its people. Learn about cultural districts augmenting the downtowns of San Antonio, Charlotte and Denver.

Moderator: Jay Renkens, AICP, Director of Planning and Design Services, MIG, Inc, Denver, CO
Speakers: Cheryl Myers, Vice President, Charlotte Center City Partners, Charlotte, NC and Pete Cortez, CEO, La Familia Cortez Restaurants, San Antonio, TX

 

The Neighborhood Your Brand Built

Friday, October 26 | 10:30am – 12:00pm

In the age of Instagram and visual media your organizational brand has never been more important. From attracting businesses and securing new sponsorships, to marketing public programs and connecting disparate communities, branding plays an important role in the development of your district. The session will draw upon the experience of three distinct districts.

Speakers: Scott Hobbs, Deputy Director, Union Square Partnership, New York, NY; Cameron Gearen, Marketing Manager, Oak Park Economic Development Corp., Oak Park, IL; and F. Philip Barash, Thinker, Writer, Flâneur, Sasaki, Boston, MA

 

To Outsource or Not to Outsource: How to Monetize Events

Friday, October 26 | 3:30pm – 5:00pm

Does your organization produce numerous events?  Is it labor intensive and are you asking yourself should we be doing these events in house or outsource to a vendor?  Attend this session and learn from three practitioners with different perspectives on why they do events in house and/or outsource.

Speakers: Kate Borders, President/Executive Director, Downtown Tempe Authority, Tempe, AZ and Maureen Martino, Executive Director, Lakeview East Chamber of Commerce, Chicago, IL

 

Please note, program content and schedule is subject to change. You can preview the 2018 schedule at a glance here.In


Downtown Achievement Awards

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Every year, IDA recognizes outstanding improvements to downtown by the work of dedicated individuals around the globe through the Downtown Achievement Awards. These exceptional projects highlight organizational advances in a variety of categories and stages of completion. The application process runs from February to March with all winners announced at the Annual Conference & Tradeshow in October. Congratulations to the 2017 winners! View winner summaries and presentations by visiting downtown.org.


What Matters Most to You?

Custom Design Your Perfect Conference! IDA is excited to once again include this attendee-driven agenda at the Annual Conference & Tradeshow. Open Space sessions empower attendees to custom design discussions organized in a facilitated environment. These conversations are your chance to talk with the greatest minds in urban place management about the topics that matter most to you and your peers. Step in, take charge of the challenges, lend your resources and give your energy to what matters most to you and your organization. Come prepared to let your voice be heard, and leave inspired to truly make a difference in your city!

 

What is Open Space?

Open Space delivers intimate and transformational conversations that matter, and will provide a space for passions, interests and concerns that need to emerge. You will be able to directly contribute and learn – everyone’s voice is heard during Open Space. Large and small group dialogues come together in one, cohesive session. Instead of having discussions that merely skim the surface, be prepared to dive deep into topics and issues that are important to you and other industry professionals. Open Space is not about the process; it’s about the conversation. It is an engaging and interactive opportunity for unplanned brainstorming in a loosely structured, inclusive environment.