2017 Downtown Achievement Awards

Congratulations to all of our 2017 Downtown Achievement Award winners!

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.

Economic and Business Development

Successful marketing efforts and strategies that have recruited new businesses or improved retention efforts in downtown.

Pinnacle Winner: Open for Business
West End Business Improvement Zone
(SUMMARY) (FULL PROJECT)

Certificate of Merit: Lower Manhattan HQ (LMHQ)
Alliance for Downtown New York
(SUMMARY) (FULL PROJECT)

Certificate of Merit: Brew University (Brew U)
Downtown Fresno Partnership
(SUMMARY) (FULL PROJECT)

Certificate of Merit: The Garage at Clinton Row Adaptive Re-Use Project
Downtown Huntsville, Inc.
(SUMMARY) (FULL PROJECT)

Events and Programming

Programs and events that improved the image and vitality of downtown.

Excellence Winner: Game On!
Alliance for Downtown New York
(SUMMARY) (FULL PROJECT)

Excellence Winner: Delray Beach Fashion Week
Delray Beach Downtown Development Authority
(SUMMARY) (FULL PROJECT)

Excellence Winner: First Wednesday Art Walk, Always Representing the Best of the Jacksonville, Florida Community
Downtown Vision, Inc.
(SUMMARY) (FULL PROJECT)

Certificate of Merit: Italian Fest
Boca Raton CRA
(SUMMARY) (FULL PROJECT)

Certificate of Merit: Hamilton NOSH
City of Hamilton
(SUMMARY) (FULL PROJECT)

Certificate of Merit: Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest
Downtown Fort Collins Business Association & Bohemian Nights
(SUMMARY) (FULL PROJECT)

Certificate of Merit: Inspired by IDA - The 2017 State of Downtown
Downtown Fresno Partnership
(SUMMARY) (FULL PROJECT)

Certificate of Merit: Downtown in December
Downtown Greensboro Inc.
(SUMMARY) (FULL PROJECT)

Certificate of Merit: Main Street Food Truck Festival
Downtown Little Rock Partnership
(SUMMARY) (FULL PROJECT)

Certificate of Merit: SouthSounds: The Little Festival that Could
Downtown Mobile Alliance
(SUMMARY) (FULL PROJECT)

Certificate of Merit: Downtown Rideau Mural Boxes Art Exhibit Tour
Downtown Rideau B.I.A.
(SUMMARY) (FULL PROJECT)

Certificate of Merit: Trick-or-Treat with East Midtown
East Midtown Partnership
(SUMMARY) (FULL PROJECT)

Certificate of Merit: Experience Hastings Crossing
Hastings Crossing Business Improvement Association
(SUMMARY) (FULL PROJECT)

Leadership and Management

Unique organizational approaches, projects, etc. that improve the effectiveness of downtown management organizations.

Pinnacle Winner: Building Racial Equity and Opportunity in Downtown
Downtown Grand Rapids Inc.
(SUMMARY) (FULL PROJECT)

Pinnacle Winner: Fanshawe College Downtown Campus
Downtown London
(SUMMARY) (FULL PROJECT)

Pinnacle Winner: Creating a Social Development Ecosystem
Voortrekker Road Corridor Improvement District
(SUMMARY) (FULL PROJECT)

Excellence Winner: Mode Split
Commute Seattle
(SUMMARY) (FULL PROJECT)

Excellence Winner: Downtown Design Standards Management
Downtown Fort Worth Inc. and the City of Fort Worth
(SUMMARY) (FULL PROJECT)

Excellence Winner: Improving Safety, Security, and Emergency Preparedness
Golden Triangle Business Improvement District
(SUMMARY) (FULL PROJECT)

Excellence Winner: Envision Downtown: A Public-Private Partnership Advancing a Downtown Pittsburgh for All
Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership
(SUMMARY) (FULL PROJECT)

Certificate of Merit: San Antonio Homeless Outreach Program
Centro San Antonio
(SUMMARY) (FULL PROJECT)

Certificate of Merit: Door To Downtown
Downtown Boulder Partnership
(SUMMARY) (FULL PROJECT)

Certificate of Merit: Downtown Skywalk App
Downtown Community Alliance and City of Des Moines
(SUMMARY) (FULL PROJECT)

Certificate of Merit: It's A Parking Lot Problem
Downtown Mobile Alliance
(SUMMARY) (FULL PROJECT)

Certificate of Merit: Hillsborough Street Intern Program
Hillsborough Street Community Service Corporation
(SUMMARY) (FULL PROJECT)

Certificate of Merit: Jobs Connect
Metropolitan Improvement District
(SUMMARY) (FULL PROJECT)

Certificate of Merit: Busting Graffiti Downtown
Portland Downtown
(SUMMARY) (FULL PROJECT)

Marketing and Communications

Plans or strategies that use print, electronic media, or multimedia efforts to promote downtown.

Excellence Winner: 2017 State of Downtown Opener
Downtown Fresno Partnership
(SUMMARY) (FULL PROJECT)

Excellence Winner: Downtown Santa Monica Annual Meeting Video
Downtown Santa Monica, Inc.
(SUMMARY) (FULL PROJECT)

Certificate of Merit: Lower Manhattan Restaurant Video Series
Alliance for Downtown New York
(SUMMARY) (FULL PROJECT)

Certificate of Merit: Inside Downtown Delray Beach Video Series
Delray Beach Downtown Development Authority
(SUMMARY) (FULL PROJECT)

Certificate of Merit: Downtown Cleveland Alliance 3 Tiered Marketing Campaign
Downtown Cleveland Alliance
(SUMMARY) (FULL PROJECT)

Certificate of Merit: “OUR EDGE. YOUR _____.” Marketing Campaign
King of Prussia District
(SUMMARY) (FULL PROJECT)

Certificate of Merit: The Orange Gnome Project
Wicker Park Bucktown Chamber of Commerce and Special Service Area #33
(SUMMARY) (FULL PROJECT)

Planning

Planning efforts that have established a strategic position for downtown, and that include elements of the plan that have already been approved, ratified, and implemented.

Certificate of Merit: San Antonio 2017 Bond Process - Creating Places. Connecting Us.
Centro San Antonio
(SUMMARY) (FULL PROJECT)

Certificate of Merit: Downtown Development Framework
City of Oklahoma City
(SUMMARY) (FULL PROJECT)

Certificate of Merit: Parramore Comprehensive Neighborhood Plan
City of Orlando, Downtown Development Board
(SUMMARY) (FULL PROJECT)

Public Space

Public space capital improvements that have enhanced the urban design, transporation methods, physical function, or economic viability of downtown and the community.

Pinnacle Winner Scioto Greenways
Columbus Downtown Development Corporation
(SUMMARY) (FULL PROJECT)

Excellence Winner: More Awesome Now Laneway Project
Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association
(SUMMARY) (FULL PROJECT)

Excellence Winner: Biscayne Green - A Public Space Intervention Showcasing a Reimagined Biscayne Boulevard
Miami Downtown Development Authority
(SUMMARY) (FULL PROJECT)

Certificate of Merit: The MARTA Makeover Project
Central Atlanta Progress/Atlanta Downtown Improvement District
(SUMMARY) (FULL PROJECT)

Certificate of Merit: Growlifornia Activation
Downtown Fresno Partnership
(SUMMARY) (FULL PROJECT)

Certificate of Merit: Dumpster Art-Wrap Project
Midtown Association
(SUMMARY) (FULL PROJECT)

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