Welcome to our curated list of upcoming conferences for urban place managers. In an ever-evolving urban landscape, staying informed and connected is essential for professionals dedicated to shaping vibrant, sustainable, and inclusive urban environments.  Whether you’re interested in urban design, economic development, community engagement, or placemaking, this list offers diverse opportunities to expand your knowledge and network with fellow urban enthusiasts. These conferences bring together thought leaders, practitioners, and innovators from around the world to exchange insights, strategies, and best practices in the dynamic field of urban place management.

IDA 69th Annual Conference & Marketplace

October 4-6, 2023
Chicago, IL

Theme: Community, Culture & Commerce
Expected Attendees: 1500+
Events to Participate: Master Talks, Workshops, General Sessions, Breakout Sessions, Facilitated Forums, Service Advisories, Lunch & Learn, Tours, and Trips
Credits: LPM & AICP Certification Credits

The 2023 conference, jointly hosted by the International Downtown Association and Chicago Loop Alliance, brings together influential professionals to discuss emerging trends in place management and deliver to attendees actionable insights and tools to help strengthen vital urban centers and commercial neighborhoods.

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National BIDs Conference 2023

November 2, 2023
London, U.K.

Expected Attendees: 300+
Events to Participate: Workshops and General Sessions
Certification Credits: Check with the organizers

The National BIDs Conference 2023, sponsored by Blachere Illumination, will host discussions around the proposed Government review of BIDs, with some of the other items on the agenda including:

  • The retail environment and trends
  • Regenerative Placemaking
  • The proposed Protect legislation and the impact on events
  • Cultivating Local Authority relationships
  • Retail Security – Challenges and BID Responses
  • BIDs and the ESG agenda
  • BIDs in 2023
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Smart City Expo World Congress (2023)

November 7-9, 2023
Barcelona, Spain & Online

Theme: New Urban Era
Expected Attendees: 25,000+
Events to Participate: Workshops, Activities, Expo, Congress
Certification Credits: Check with the organizers

Held in Barcelona since 2011, Smart City Expo World Congress is the world’s biggest and most influential event for cities and urban innovation. The goal is to collectivize urban innovation across the globe and empower cities to face the critical challenges the world faces today.

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Smart Cities Connect Conference Expo

November 28-30, 2023
Washington, DC

Theme: Innovating with Cities to Create a Better World
Expected Attendees: 600+
Events to Participate: Workshops, General Sessions, Breakout Sessions, Keynotes, Expo
Certification Credits: Check with the organizers

One of the largest gatherings of Smart City IoT Technology Leaders in North America, the Smart Cities Connect Conference brings together intelligent systems providers for energy, infrastructure, networks, data management, urban mobility, resident engagement, and governance solutions. Meet and greet industry-leading innovators, entrepreneurs, and enterprise leaders representing 150 world-class companies, universities, and startups.

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