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

    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

  • Meeting Location: TBA

    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.

  • Location: TBA

    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

    Nick Kalogeresis, AICP, The Lakota Group, Chicago, IL

    Donna Harris, Heritage Consulting, Philadelphia, PA

     

    Domain: Planning, Design and Infrastructure

  • 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.

  • Meeting Location: TBA

    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.

  • Meeting Location: TBA

    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.

  • 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.”

  • Meeting Location: TBA

    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.

  • Meeting Location: TBA

    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 orientation, 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 TBA

    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.

     

  • Meeting location: TBA

    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.

  • Meeting location: TBA

    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.

  • Meeting location: TBA

    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.

  • Meeting location: TBA

    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.

  • Meeting location: TBA

    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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    Meeting location: TBA

    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.

     

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    Meeting location: TBA

    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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    Meeting location: TBA

    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.

     

  • Meeting location: TBA

    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.

  • Meeting location: TBA

    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.

  • Meeting location: TBA

    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.

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.

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.
   

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: La Villita at 418 Villita Street

Sponsored by TBA

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.

Location: TBD

This orientation, 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 TBA

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: TBD

Sponsored by TBA

TBA


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; Nick Kalogeresis, AICP, The Lakota Group, Chicago, IL; and Donna Harris, Heritage Consulting, 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.

 

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

 

Pre-conference Workshop #4 TBA ($75)
Wednesday, October 24
12:30pm – 3:3pam
TBA

 

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 ($85)

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 ($75)
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 ($75)
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 ($50)
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 ($25)
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 ($25)
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 ($25)
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 ($25)
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.

 

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 ($25)
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.

Join over 800 inspired leaders shaping cities around the globe at this year’s conference showcasing the sustainability, creativity, preservation and heritage of San Antonio. Experience the moments that define “Retropolitan: The New American City” and join us in 2018 as San Antonio celebrates with grassroots initiatives, globally recognized cultural experiences, and transformative partnerships that will carry the city into the next 300 years.

Breakout sessions will be announced over the summer leading up to the conference. Check back for more info soon.


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.