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Cushman & Wakefield/Commerce's Karen Sander Selected by International Downtown Association to Serve on a Top Issue Council

/ -- BOISE, ID -- (Marketwired) -- 03/21/16 -- The International Downtown Association (IDA) has selected Kâren Sander, associate with the Boise office of Cushman & Wakefield/Commerce, to serve on the Top Issues Council. IDA is the premier association of urban place managers who are shaping and activating dynamic downtown districts, connecting all the stakeholders in a downtown area, and bridging the gap between the public and private sectors.

Sander is an office and retail specialist, building relationships and shaping Boise's downtown commercial real estate market. Previously, she worked for the Downtown Boise Business Improvement District creating and implementing plans to promote economic and community benefits for downtown Boise.

"It is a pleasure to be selected to serve on such an influential and effective council," said Sander. "I look forward to working with the public and private sectors to create a vibrant urban district for downtown Boise."

Part of the strategic plan for IDA is to create a resource center for ideas and innovative best practices in urban place management. Last year, IDA embarked on an in-depth process to fully and accurately understand the most pressing issues facing downtown urban centers over the next five years and to develop an issues framework that will guide IDA programming and research. The Top Issues Councils are at the forefront of exploring and compiling these practices to create a constantly updated, real-world body of knowledge and expertise that IDA members can rely on to support their daily work. Six councils will be exploring the following pressing issues facing urban centers:

Karen Sander of Cushman & Wakefield/Commerce has been selected by the International Downtown Association to serve on the Top Issue Council

Downtown Residential Issues and Housing Attainment;
Ability to Attract Commercial Investment;
Activating Public Space;
Pedestrian Improvements;
Maintaining Authentic Feel and Character;
Implementing Successful Public-Private Partnerships.

Council members dedicate their time and expertise over a period of six months, working with fellow practitioners around the world to synthesize best practices and industry knowledge. The 2016 councils have members from the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom, representing urban place professionals from small, medium, and large cities.

Each council will produce a final research document that will be released at IDA's 62nd Annual Conference and Tradeshow in Atlanta on September 7-9, 2016. More about the IDA Conference and Tradeshow:

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.

The 62nd Annual Conference and Tradeshow, themed "Progress through Partnership," embodies Atlanta's approach to achieving impact, embracing trends, and solving problems that face downtowns and urban districts coast to coast and across the globe. From infrastructure and affordable housing to placemaking and public safety, the challenges faced by district management organizations demand innovative and collaborative solutions to getting the job done. Conference programming and events will seek to leverage Atlanta's partnership ethos and create a learning laboratory to inspire attendees to partner in their communities. For more information, visit

About Cushman & Wakefield/Commerce

Cushman & Wakefield/Commerce, headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah is an independently owned and operated member of the Cushman & Wakefield Alliance, with offices throughout Utah, Nevada, Washington and Idaho. The firm partners with its sister company, Cushman & Wakefield /NorthMarq to provide innovative commercial real estate solutions to occupier and investor clients, offering transaction services, capital markets services, occupier and investor services, and real estate advisory.

Together the firms manage more than 52 million square feet of retail, industrial, and office assets, have annual revenues of more than $100 million, and employ more than 750 professionals. Learn more at, and Cushman & Wakefield/Commerce and Cushman & Wakefield /NorthMarq are part of the Cushman & Wakefield platform.

About Cushman & Wakefield

The successful merger of Cushman & Wakefield and DTZ closed September 1, 2015. The firm now operates under the iconic Cushman & Wakefield brand and has a new visual identity and logo that position the firm for the future and reflect its trusted global legacy and wider history. The new Cushman & Wakefield is led by Chairman & Chief Executive Officer Brett White and Global President Tod Lickerman. The company is majority owned by an investor group led by TPG, PAG, and OTPP.

Cushman & Wakefield is a leading global real estate services firm that helps clients transform the way people work, shop, and live. The firm's 43,000 employees in more than 60 countries provide deep local and global insights that create significant value for occupiers and investors around the world. Cushman & Wakefield is among the largest commercial real estate services firms with revenue of $5 billion across core services of agency leasing, asset services, capital markets, facility services (C&W Services), global occupier services, investment & asset management (DTZ Investors), project & development services, tenant representation, and valuation & advisory. To learn more, visit or follow @CushWake on Twitter.

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