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International Downtown Association (IDA) Accepts Downtown Committee’s Economic Development Director as Part of Prestigious 2021 International Emerging Leader Fellowship Program

Syracuse, NY – The Downtown Committee of Syracuse, Inc.’s own Heather Schroeder, Director of Economic Development, is one of 30 participants selected to participate in the International Downtown Association (IDA)’s 2021 Emerging Leader Fellowship (ELF) program. Syracuse is one of only 27 North American cities to be represented. 

The IDA is the premier organization for urban place professionals who are shaping and activating dynamic city center districts around the world. “The success of our Fellowship program underscores how critical this training is to our growing industry,” said David Downey, President and CEO of IDA. “This is the only program of its kind created specifically for urban place management professionals. IDA is looking to further illustrate the importance of our industry by elevating leaders with the necessary skills to champion inclusive city building. Professional development remains a hallmark of IDA.”

The Emerging Leader Fellowship is a week-long experiential program bringing together a cohort of IDA professionals from within the urban district management industry. The fellows 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.

“Our team is extremely proud of Heather, and we’re excited to support her with this continued professional development opportunity,” said Merike Treier, executive director of the Downtown Committee of Syracuse, Inc. “Heather will build upon her talents and expand her knowledge network by connecting and strengthening relationships with other senior leaders, engage in enhanced idea-exchanges, and bring back ideas and tools to help our team build a stronger Downtown Syracuse”.

This program typically takes place each June in New York City. Due to the impacts of the pandemic, this year’s cohort will receive their intensive instruction delivered by IDA partners at Coro New York Leadership Center over a virtual platform. The group will meet in-person next spring – in 2022 – to  continue their learning with professionals from several business improvement district organizations across the city providing technical in-the-field training. 

More information about this year’s cohort is provided at the IDA’s website.

About the International Downtown Association 
The International Downtown Association is the premier organization for urban place professionals who are shaping and activating dynamic city center districts. Our members are downtown champions who bring urban centers to life, bridging the gap between the public and private sectors. We represent an industry of more than 2,500 place management organizations, employing 100,000 people throughout North America and growing rapidly around the world. Founded in 1954, IDA is a resource center for ideas and innovative best practices in urban place management. For more information, visit www.Downtown.org.  

About the Coro New York Leadership Center 
Coro New York Leadership Center is New York's premier leadership training organization and a community of over 2,300 alumni across business, government, schools, and non-profits that is shaping our city's future. Coro training helps individuals hone their visions for change and learn how to exercise leadership with greater self-awareness, intention, and effectiveness. We work with leaders, both seasoned and emerging, from many different fields who come to Coro to discover how cities really work and how policy is shaped, while also learning how to collaborate across differences, build culture and community, and make progress on shared challenges. From commissioners and city councilmembers to activists, executives, and entrepreneurs, those who come to Coro build the skills, knowledge, and networks to help them pursue their visions for change with greater effectiveness and impact.

Through a series of three leadership training sessions, Coro will provide participants in IDA's Fellowship with a set of frameworks and strategies to help them develop best practices for leading change. Focusing on the personal, interpersonal and systems-level, each session will examine change-making from a different lens and provide new tools, along with experiential activities to test out these new ideas in action.

About the Downtown Committee of Syracuse, Inc.

The Downtown Committee of Syracuse, Inc. is a private, not-for-profit, professional downtown management organization representing all property owners and tenants within the central business district. The Downtown Committee undertakes programs to improve downtown's image, strengthen its economic base, increase its attractiveness, and assure that it's clean, safe, welcoming, inclusive and accessible. For more information, visit http://downtownsyracuse.com.