First Iowan Ever Selected for International Downtown Association's Prestigious Leadership Program

Jun 08, 2017

The International Downtown Association has selected 28 of the industry’s brightest professionals for its 2017 Emerging Leader Fellowship. These senior staff members hail from 4 countries and 17 provinces or states, including London (UK), Dartmouth (Nova Scotia), Washington DC, Salt Lake City, Louisville, Dallas, Santa Monica, Malmö (Sweden) and for the first time ever, Iowa.

Casey Prince, Cedar Rapids Downtown Executive Director, will be the first Iowan to train at the prestigious leadership program.

“I’m honored to have been selected for this intensive training that will bring together a cohort of downtown professionals from across the globe within the urban district management field,” said Prince. “As the first Iowan selected, I’m humbled and excited to represent Cedar Rapids and share our story with colleagues while learning alongside the world’s best.”

The fellows will learn essential leadership and place management skills, and gain practical tools in the areas of place-based economic development, the live-work-play experience, and public-private partnerships.

“The International Downtown Association is looking to build the future of our industry, and these accomplished executives are the shining stars of our profession,” said David Downey, President and CEO of IDA. “With this program, we’re educating and inspiring the next generation of leaders.”

The program, which takes place June 11-16 in New York City, features intensive instruction delivered by IDA partners at Baruch College, City University of New York, International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), and Coro New York Leadership Center. Technical in-the-field training will be provided by professionals within several business improvement district organizations across the city.

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