DAVENPORT, IOWA (November 29, 2023) — Alisha Espey, Downtown Davenport Partnership (DDP) Program Director, recently earned the designation of Certified Leader in Place Management (LPM) from the International Downtown Association (IDA). Espey joins a community of professionals who demonstrate the knowledge and skills to manage and lead a place management organization.

“Alisha’s hard work and commitment to quality of place is seen and felt every day in downtown Davenport said Kyle Carter, VP Place Management. This designation is just further proof of her knowledge and dedication to improving our community with the highest degree of professionalism in our industry. The Quad Cities is lucky to have Alisha on our team.”

The LPM certification program requires professionals to demonstrate proficiency in all aspects of the place-management profession while also maintaining a commitment to ethical conduct and personal and professional growth.

“My passion is making downtown a more vibrant, welcoming, and inclusive place for everyone,” said Espey. “It’s a privilege to give back to the community through creative placemaking and having a role in building a place Quad Citizens are proud to call home.”

LPM certification requires knowledge of seven core domains of professional practice developed by IDA. These domains include Leadership Development; Organizational Management; Economic Development; Policy and Advocacy; Public Space Management and Operations; Planning, Design and Infrastructure; and Marketing, Communications, and Events.

For more information about IDA’s Leadership in Place Management (LPM) certification, visit downtown.org/certification.

About Downtown Davenport Partnership (DDP)

DDP, an affiliate of Quad Cities Chamber, provides place-management services for downtown Davenport’s business-improvement district (Self-Supported Municipal Improvement District, or SSMID). Its focus encompasses three pillars of work: Business and economic growth, infrastructure and livability, and advocacy and promotion.

About the International Downtown Association (IDA)

The International Downtown Association (IDA) is the premier organization for urban place professionals who are shaping and activating dynamic city center districts. Its members are downtown champions who bring urban centers to life, bridging the gap between the public and private sectors. IDA represents 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.

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