DFWI Staff Becky Fetty selected for the 2019 ELF Program

March 18,2019


IDA’s 2019 Emerging Leaders Fellowship Program Attracts Top Urban Champions

Fellows to learn essential leadership and place management skills in New York City

The International Downtown Association (IDA) selected Downtown Fort Worth, Inc.’s Director of Marketing and Membership, Becky Fetty as one of the industry’s 30 brightest professionals for the 2019 Emerging Leaders Fellowship (ELF) program. Becky will join senior staff members from 3 countries and 17 provinces or states in New York City, June 16-21, 2019.

Alumni of the IDA Emerging Leaders Fellowship program, launched in 2016, are fast becoming sought-after leaders for the future of city building worldwide. Graduates have become new CEOs, accepted CEO positions in other organizations, and others have elevated to more senior staff levels.

“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.”

“Becky’s work at DFWI and her presentations at international conferences has placed her in the spotlight of the International Downtown Association.  We are proud that Becky has been selected for this honor,” said DFWI President, Andy Taft.

The ELF program features intensive instruction delivered by IDA partners at Baruch College, City University of New York, Times Square Alliance and Coro New York Leadership Center. The event takes place at various locations throughout Manhattan with field visits provided by several local PID leaders. 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.

DFWI’s Planning and Transportation Director, Melissa Konur was an IDA Emerging Fellow in 2018.

About DFWI

In the early 1980s, Fort Worth began the urban revitalization of its downtown central business district aided by a private sector voice, DFWI. A group of dedicated downtown property owners established DFWI in December of 1981. This membership-based, 501(c)(6) organization has evolved into a significant champion for progress and excellence in downtown Fort Worth.   DFWI manages the Downtown PID.

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.