IDA 61st Annual Conference & Tradeshow: Day 3 Recap
October 2, 2015

The South Park Business Improvement District (BID) attended the annual International Downtown Association (IDA) Conference & Tradeshow from September 30 – October 2, 2015 to learn best practices for nurturing a healthy, vibrant city center. IDA is an international network of diverse practitioners who transform cities into robust urban places, and provide support and insight to BIDs and other community organizers.

On Day 3 of the conference, workshops included “The Parking Problem: Partnering with Authorities for Economic Development”, in which guests learned creative, solution-based approaches for community parking, such as utilizing parking revenue to make the neighborhood more attractive, and working with stakeholders to make parking free once a month to encourage visitors.

The mobile workshop, “Central Waterfront Major Developments: Industrial Re-Use, Open Space & Transportation Plans” focused on re-purposing industrial areas into enjoyable public spaces.

The day also focused heavily on the issue of homelessness – how the housing-first approach model has been relatively successful in its implementation, and how to work with your community’s neediest homeless cases. Kerry Morrison of the Hollywood Entertainment District led the seminar, “Helping the Most Vulnerable: Strategies and Trends in Assisting those Suffering from Mental Illness in our BIDs”, and discussed her model of tracking the 10 neediest cases in Hollywood.

Many other topics and prominent keynotes were featured throughout the master talks and workshops. For more information on the 2015 International Downtown Association conference and to see the full schedule of events, click here.

To view the IDA 61st Annual Conference & Tradeshow: Day 1 Recap post, click here.

To view the IDA 61st Annual Conference & Tradeshow: Day 2 Recap post, click here.