IDA Downtown Achievement Awards

Congratulations To Our 2016 Winners!

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Every year, IDA recognizes outstanding improvements to downtown by the work of dedicated individuals around the globe through the Downtown Achievement Awards. These exceptional projects highlight organizational advances in a variety of categories and stages of completion.
Congratulations to our 2016 winners!


Dan E. Sweat, Jr.

Lifetime Achievement Award


Richard H. Bradley

IDA has named Richard H. Bradley the recipient of the Dan E. Sweat, Jr. Award for Lifetime Achievement in Downtown Leadership.

Rich Bradley is a champion for place management efforts that have shaped and powered the renaissance of Washington, D.C. In the mid-1990s, he served on the task force that recommended the creation of business improvement districts (BIDs), nonprofit organizations that leverage private investment to activate urban areas. He was the founding chairman of the DowntownDC BID, and helped to incubate and mentor other growing BIDs in the city.

During Bradley’s nearly 20-year tenure at DowntownDC, he championed many important initiatives and causes which today continue to benefit the city. The Downtown BID developed and implemented the Downtown Action Agenda, a strategic plan which laid the foundation for transforming Downtown DC into the dynamic mixed-use center it has become. Efforts to stimulate new residential, retail, and cultural development were key components, including the early planning of the City Center project, the new convention center headquarters hotel, and new theater projects like the Shakespeare Theater. He later formed the DC BID Council to support the belief that business improvement districts could act as catalysts to disburse economic development throughout the city.

The Dan E. Sweat, Jr. Lifetime Achievement Award is the most prestigious award in the urban place management industry, and is presented rarely to individuals of national prominence who have made major lifetime contributions to downtown revitalization. Lauded as Atlanta’s “premier civic administrator” by the New York Times, Dan Sweat led many of the key planning, civic and social improvements that set the stage for Atlanta's extraordinary growth from the 1960s through the 1990s.



Economic & Business Development

Excellence Winners

Excellence Winner Summary Full Project
"Restaurant Makeover"
Downtown Fresno Foundation
Summary Full Project
"TechConnect: Downtown Baltimore's Tech Attraction and Retention Initiative"
Downtown Partnership of Baltimore, Inc.
Summary Full Project
"Yaletown Area Dining Card"
Yaletown BIA
Summary Full Project

Merit Winners

Merit Winner Summary Full Project
"Downtown Ann Arbor go!pass Program"
Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority
Summary Full Project
"Ms. Stevens Goes to Montgomery: A Tale of Two Tax Credits"
Downtown Mobile Alliance
Summary Full Project
"Vibrant Spaces: Accelerating Neighborhood-Defining"
Downtown Norfolk Council
Summary Full Project
"400 E. Pratt Street - "P3""
Downtown Partnership of Baltimore, Inc.
Summary Full Project
"DATA: An Innovative Way to Convey a Compelling Success Story"
Town Green Special Services District
Summary Full Project



Events & Programming

Pinnacle Winner

"Downtown Huntsville Book Boxes" "South Park: Programming The Promise
Downtown Huntsville, Inc. South Park BID
Summary Summary
Full Project Full Project

Excellence Winners

Excellence Winner Summary Full Project
"Car Free YYJ"
Downtown Victoria Business Association
Summary Full Project


Merit Winners

Merit Winner Summary Full Project
"Flash Patch"
Centro San Antonio
Summary Full Project
"ACTIVATE"
Chicago Loop Alliance
Summary Full Project
"San Antonio: Public Art to Activate Downtown"
City of San Antonio - Center City Development & Operations Department
Summary Full Project
"Let it Glow!"
Downtown Eau Claire, Inc.
Summary Full Project
"Flatiron Partnership Summer Series"
Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership
Summary Full Project
"23 Days of Flatiron Cheer Holiday Program"
Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership
Summary Full Project
"NoMa BID's Pop-up Program"
NoMa Business Improvement District
Summary Full Project
"Pedestrian Night on Orchard Road"
Orchard Road Business Association
Summary Full Project
"LOT 23 Artist in Residence (AIR)"
West Palm Beach Community Redevelopment Agency
Summary Full Project



Leadership & Management

Pinnacle Winners

"Yonge Love"
Downtown Yonge BIA
Summary
Full Project

Excellence Winners

Excellence Winner Summary Full Project
"Downtown Academy"
Downtown Fresno Partnership
Summary Full Project
"Portland Downtown's Downtown Cadet Program"
Portland Downtown
Summary Full Project


Merit Winners

Merit Winner Summary Full Project
"Clean Team Grows Beyond the Boundaries"
Capitol Hill Business Improvement District
Summary Full Project
"Good Design Happens Deliberately, not Accidentally"
Downtown Mobile Alliance
Summary Full Project
"Re-Imagine Downtown Vancouver 2040"
Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association
Summary Full Project
"Raising the Standard - Using Data to Improve Public Realm Management"
Toronto Financial District BIA
Summary Full Project



Marketing & Communications

Excellence Winners

Excellence Winner Summary Full Project
""MEET ME DOWNTOWN" Marketing Campaign"
Downtown Berkley Association
Summary Full Project
"#LoveYourDowntown Campaign"
Downtown Fredericton Inc.
Summary Full Project
"Get Down"
Downtown London & Tourism London
Summary Full Project
"Why Rush Hour"
Downtown Seattle Association
Summary Full Project
"The Elbow, DTJax’s Entertainment District & The Elbow Marketing Co-Operative"
Downtown Vision, Inc.
Summary Full Project
"DUMBOVIP"
DUMBO Improvement District
Summary Full Project

Merit Winners

Merit Winner Summary Full Project
"Downtown New York Website"
Alliance for Downtown New York and I-SITE
Summary Full Project
"Connect Downtown Atlanta"
Central Atlanta Progress
Summary Full Project
"Downtown Boca....Come Early, Stay Late."
City of Boca Raton/Boca Raton Community Redevelopment Agency
Summary Full Project
"Best of DTO Photo Contest"
Downtown Development Board
Summary Full Project
"Downtown Toolkit: A Visual Guide to Downtown Development in Baton Rouge"
Downtown Development District of Baton Rouge
Summary Full Project
"Investment Flyover"
Downtown Fresno Partnership
Summary Full Project
"City to Surf In 46 Minutes - Expo Line Promotion"
Downtown Santa Monica, Inc. & Downtown Center Business Improvement District (Los Angeles)
Summary Full Project
"Downtown Tempe -- Telling A New Story"
Downtown Tempe Authority
Summary Full Project
"Portland Downtown: Revamped & Revitalized"
Portland Downtown
Summary Full Project
"Christmas Pickle Campaign"
Red Deer Downtown Business Association
Summary Full Project



Planning

Pinnacle Winners

"NoMa Parks Initiative"
NoMa Business Improvement District and NoMa Parks Foundation
Summary
Full Project

Excellence Winners

Excellence Winner Summary Full Project
"Impact Downtown Albany"
Capitalize Albany Corporation
Summary Full Project

Merit Winners

Merit Winner Summary Full Project
"Brockton Downtown Action Strategy"
City of Brockton Planning Department
Summary Full Project
"Downtown Columbus Riverfront"
Columbus Downtown Development Corporation
Summary Full Project



Public Space

Pinnacle Winners

"Chicago Riverwalk | State Street to LaSalle Street" "The Loop at Pine + Ocean"
City of Chicago, Sasaki Associates, and Ross Barney Architects Downtown Long Beach Associates
Summary Summary
Full Project Full Project



Excellence Winners

Excellence Winner Summary Full Project
"Creativity Everywhere"
Downtown Development Authority
Summary Full Project
"Urban Parks Partnership"
Downtown Seattle Association
Summary Full Project
"Westwood Village District Parking and Access Solutions"
Westwood Village Improvement Association
Summary Full Project
"Bring Back the Bricks"
Yaletown BIA
Summary Full Project


Merit Winners

Merit Winner Summary Full Project
"Santa Barbara State Street Flag Program"
City of Santa Barbara and Downtown Santa Barbara, Inc.
Summary Full Project
"Downtown Fort Collins Old Town Square Renovation Project"
Downtown Fort Collins Business Association, Fort Collins Downtown Development Authority, City of Fort Collins
Summary Full Project
"Douglas Street: The Rebirth of Main Street"
Downtown Victoria Business Association
Summary Full Project
"Gateways to Newark: Portraits"
Newark Downtown District
Summary Full Project
"20th Street West Streetscaping Project"
Riversdale Business Improvement District
Summary Full Project