DBO director earns Leader in Place Management certification

Ryan Jantzi

Ryan Jantzi, executive director of the Downtown Bettendorf Organization, recently earned his Leader in Place Management (LPM) certification from the International Downtown Association (IDA).

Mr. Jantzi joins a community of professionals who demonstrate the knowledge and skills to manage and lead a place management organization. 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.

“Twelve years ago, I was hired as the manager of operations for the Downtown Davenport Partnership. At the time, I had no idea what place management meant, but was determined to make a difference in my community and was eager to learn everything I could about what makes a downtown thrive,” said Mr. Jantzi. “I have learned a lot about placemaking over the last 12 years, and my certification as a leader in place management is proof of my commitment to creating a thriving downtown Bettendorf. Through communication, collaboration, integrity, honesty and trust, I have built relationships in downtown Bettendorf that are transforming downtown for the better.”

 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.

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