DWTN Improvement District employee chosen for national fellowship

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DWTN Improvement District employee chosen for national fellowship

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (ADAMS) – The International Downtown Association (IDA) selected 30 of the industry’s brightest professionals for the 2019 Emerging Leaders Fellowship (ELF) program.

One of them comes from right here in Fort Wayne. Frank Howard of the Downtown Improvement District will join participants from 3 countries and 17 provinces or states, including Newcastle, UK; Vancouver, BC, Canada; Milwaukee, WI; San Francisco, CA; Austin, TX;  New Haven, CT; Jacksonville, FL; and Denver, CO and are fast becoming sought-after leaders for the future of city building worldwide.

“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.

“We are happy to have one of our staff selected for the 2019 Emerging Leaders Fellowship Program”, said Bill Brown, President of the Fort Wayne Downtown Improvement District.  “Frank Howard is our Director of Marketing & Operations and has been important to the success of the Fort Wayne D.I.D. since he joined the organization nine years ago.  Frank’s hard work and dedication have been an asset to both the organization and the community.  He, along with our other exemplary staff members, ensure that Downtown Fort Wayne remains an enjoyable, lively and friendly environment which is ready for commerce.”

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

The program takes place June 16-21, 2019 in New York City featuring intensive instruction delivered by IDA partners at Baruch College, City University of New York, Times Square Alliance and Coro New York Leadership Center. Professionals from several business improvement district organizations across the city provide technical in-the-field training. The event takes place at various locations throughout Manhattan with field visits provided by several local BID leaders.