Keynote Speakers

David Downey - International Downtown Association

David Downey is the current President and Chief Executive Officer at the International Downtown Association (IDA) which connects a diverse community of practitioners who transform cities into healthy and vibrant urban places worldwide. A 20 year association professional, David has established himself as an accomplished not-for-profit leader in the community building industry. In his current role with the IDA, David provides overall strategic direction and drives success toward the organization’s vision to build a world full of vital and livable urban centers.

Prior to joining the IDA, David served as the Managing Director of the American Institute of Architects Urban Design Center and as Executive Director for the Michigan Society of Planning (MSP), the largest chapter of the American Planning Association.  David has been a city advocate since 1989 having received his degree in Architecture and Design with a focus on Urban Design from Lawrence Technological University. David and his wife Margie live in northern Virginia with their three sons Connor, Liam, and Declan…who consistently drive them crazy and inspire them each and every day.


Gordon Reid - Carlogie Ltd

Gordon was a pioneer of the town centre management movement in the UK in the 1980s and is now its most experienced place management practitioner with over twenty eight years experience. After managing four cities in Scotland and England, he set up his consultancy, Carlogie Ltd, in 2013 to advise on the management and regeneration of town and city centres. He established management arrangements for Dundee and Perth city centres and became the inaugural Chief Executive of the Edinburgh City Centre Management Company. He then moved to England to manage the city centres of Manchester and Oxford. In each of the cities, he left a strong legacy of innovative projects and economic growth. In addition to managing specific city centres, he has developed a role in the industry as a respected strategic thinker and international advocate for town and city centres.

He has played a leading part in the development of the movement through his contributions via non-executive roles in the Association of Town and City Management. A member since its inception in 1991, he has been elected to six positions of responsibility, most recently topping the national poll of members to secure a seat on the Advisory Council. He has also been a member of the board on two occasions, Chairman in Scotland (twice) and Chair of the South East of England region. Gordon was a member of board of directors when business improvement districts were identified as the best means of achieving a sustainable business model for town centre partnerships. He was re-elected to the board and played a part when legislation was first introduced into the UK (in England) in 2004. He also played a leading role in the introduction of business improvement districts in Scotland.


Peter Kenyon - Bank of I.D.E.A.S

Peter Kenyon is a social capitalist and community enthusiast. Over the last two decades he has worked with over 1500 communities throughout Australia and overseas seeking to facilitate fresh and creative ways that stimulate community and economic renewal. He is motivated by the desire to create healthy, caring, inclusive, sustainable and enterprising communities and local economies. Peter has had a background as a youth worker, teacher, youth education officer, tertiary lecturer and public servant. His employment experiences have included Director of Employment in Western Australia, Manager of the Community Employment Development Unit in New Zealand and Coordinator of the Natal Kwazulu Job Creation and Enterprise Strategy in South Africa. Peter is convinced that one cannot develop communities from the top down or from the outside in. It requires communities to build from the inside out, and for their members to invest themselves, ideas, assets and resources in the process. Peter created the Bank of I.D.E.A.S. (Initiatives for the Development of Enterprising Action and Strategies) to promote such a paradigm shift and assist with the necessary facilitation, ideas and skills. Peter's consulting work has resulted in assignments in 58 countries and all states of Australia.


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