2017 Downtown Achievement Awards

 

Congratulations to all of our 2018 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. Click on the summaries and full project presentations below to review projects that could help make a difference in your downtown! Visit our YouTube channel to view videos highlighting the 2018 award winners.

Economic and Business Development

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

Pinnacle Winner: Selden Market
Downtown Norfolk Council
(SUMMARY) (FULL PROJECT)

Excellence Winner: Start Downtown
Downtown Dayton Partnership, City of Dayton and Dayton Development Coalition
(SUMMARY) (FULL PROJECT)

Events and Programming

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

Pinnacle Winner: Artwork from Burning Man in Collaboration with Smithsonian's Renwick Gallery
Golden Triangle BID
(SUMMARY) (FULL PROJECT)

Excellence Winner: Aberdeen Inspired
Nuart Aberdeen
(SUMMARY) (FULL PROJECT)

Excellence Winner: Bryant Park Corporation
Bryant Park Amenities
(SUMMARY) (FULL PROJECT)

Excellence Winner: 201 Portage Canada Day Living Maple Leaf
Downtown Winnipeg BIZ
(SUMMARY) (FULL PROJECT)

Excellence Winner: Bicycle Roadside Assistance Program
Hartford BID
(SUMMARY) (FULL PROJECT)

Excellence Winner: Leeds International Festival (LIF)
Leeds BID
(SUMMARY) (FULL PROJECT)

Excellence Winner: London Arts Live
London Arts Council and Downtown London
(SUMMARY) (FULL PROJECT)

Excellence Winner: I Scream! Kiosk
Times Square Alliance
(SUMMARY) (FULL PROJECT)

Excellence Winner:Westwood Village/UCLA Block Party
Westwood Village Improvement Association
(SUMMARY) (FULL PROJECT)

Certificate of Merit:144 Activities in Town Square Park
Anchorage Downtown Partnership, Ltd.
(SUMMARY) (FULL PROJECT)

Certificate of Merit: Downtown Movie Nights
City of San Antonio – Center City Development and Operations
(SUMMARY) (FULL PROJECT)

Certificate of Merit: Things Are Looking Up: BLINK Backstage in Downtown Cincinnati
Downtown Cincinnati Inc.
(SUMMARY) (FULL PROJECT)

Certificate of Merit: Books in Bloom
Downtown Columbia Partnership
(SUMMARY) (FULL PROJECT)

Certificate of Merit: Fancy Animal Carnival
DowntownDC BID
(SUMMARY) (FULL PROJECT)

Certificate of Merit: LIT CITY Baltimore
Downtown Partnership of Baltimore Inc.
(SUMMARY) (FULL PROJECT)

Certificate of Merit: Reimagining Girls' Night Out
Downtown Somerville Alliance
(SUMMARY) (FULL PROJECT)

Certificate of Merit:Downtown Topeka Events and Programming
Downtown Topeka, Inc.
(SUMMARY) (FULL PROJECT)

Certificate of Merit: Madison Night Market
Madison's Central BID
(SUMMARY) (FULL PROJECT)

Certificate of Merit:Certificate of Merit: Shop for a Cause Day
Portland Downtown
(SUMMARY) (FULL PROJECT)

Leadership and Management

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

Pinnacle Winner: DTP Connects
Downtown Tucson Partnership
(SUMMARY) (FULL PROJECT)

Excellence Winner: Downtowner Free Ride Service
Tampa Downtown Partnership
(SUMMARY) (FULL PROJECT)

Marketing and Communications

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

Pinnacle Winner: Glebe Spree 150
Glebe BIA
(SUMMARY) (FULL PROJECT)

Pinnacle Winner: Gettin' Diggy With It: The Power of Non-Traditional Construction Signage
Hartford BID
(SUMMARY) (FULL PROJECT)

Excellence Winner: Looking Ahead Video
Downtown Seattle Association
(SUMMARY) (FULL PROJECT)

Excellence Winner: #IgoDowntown Music Video
Louisville Downtown Partnership
(SUMMARY) (FULL PROJECT)

Excellence Winner: The Minneapolis Big Build
Minneapolis DID
(SUMMARY) (FULL PROJECT)

Excellence Winner: Music in the Park 2017 Marketing
San Jose Downtown Association
(SUMMARY) (FULL PROJECT)

Excellence Winner:Raising BIA Awareness: #BIAweek Twitter Chat
Toronto Financial District BIA, Bloordale Village BIA, TABIA and City of Toronto
(SUMMARY) (FULL PROJECT)

Certificate of Merit: The Best of Cape Town Central City 2018 Guide
Cape Town CCID
(SUMMARY) (FULL PROJECT)

Certificate of Merit: Brand Overhaul
Downtown Denver Partnership
(SUMMARY) (FULL PROJECT)

Certificate of Merit:Downtown Denver Rink at Skyline Park
Downtown Denver Partnership
(SUMMARY) (FULL PROJECT)

Certificate of Merit: 2017 Grand Illumination Parade-Facebook Live and TV Broadcast
Downtown Norfolk Council
(SUMMARY) (FULL PROJECT)

Certificate of Merit: Get It In The Glebe - Awareness Marketing Campaign
Glebe BIA
(SUMMARY) (FULL PROJECT)

Certificate of Merit: INTHEGLEBE.CA – A Digital Neighbourhood Experience
Glebe BIA
(SUMMARY) (FULL PROJECT)

Certificate of Merit: Welcome to Rosslyn Video Strategy
Rosslyn BID
(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.

Excellence Winner: South End Vision Plan
Charlotte Center City Partners
(SUMMARY) (FULL PROJECT)

Excellence Winner: Retail Strategic Plan
City of Cambridge
(SUMMARY) (FULL PROJECT)

Excellence Winner: Oswego, New York, DRI Strategic Investment Plan
City of Oswego
(SUMMARY) (FULL PROJECT)

Excellence Winner: Northeast False Creek Plan
City of Vancouver
(SUMMARY) (FULL PROJECT)

Excellence Winner: Golden Triangle Neighborhood Plan
MIG, Inc.
(SUMMARY) (FULL PROJECT)

Excellence Winner:Neighborhood 360: Planning for the Future of New York City Commercial Districts
The New York City Department of Small Business Services, Neighborhood Development Division
(SUMMARY) (FULL PROJECT)

Certificate of Merit:Downtown Albany Residential Development Initiative
Capitalize Albany Corporation
(SUMMARY) (FULL PROJECT)

Certificate of Merit: Vision Cedar Rapids Downtown Framework Plan
Cedar Rapids Downtown SSMID and JLG Architects
(SUMMARY) (FULL PROJECT)

Certificate of Merit:The 360 Plan
Downtown Dallas, Inc.
(SUMMARY) (FULL PROJECT)

Certificate of Merit: Downtown Greenway and Park Connector
Downtown Huntsville, Inc.
(SUMMARY) (FULL PROJECT)

Certificate of Merit: Connect Downtown
Greater Des Moines Partnership
(SUMMARY) (FULL PROJECT)

Certificate of Merit: Elkhart River District Implementation Plan
River District Implementation Team
(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: Argyle & Grafton Shared Streetscape Project
Downtown Halifax Business Commission
(SUMMARY) (FULL PROJECT)

Pinnacle Winner: Alley Gallery
Louisville Downtown Partnership
(SUMMARY) (FULL PROJECT)

Pinnacle Winner: Bonaventure Projet: From Expressway to Promenade
Ville de Montréal
(SUMMARY) (FULL PROJECT)

Excellence Winner: Re-Imagining the River Barge Experience
City of San Antonio – Center City Development and Operations
(SUMMARY) (FULL PROJECT)

Excellence Winner: Dundas Roncesvalles Peace Garden, Toronto
Friends of Dundas Roncesvalles Peace Garden, Roncesvalles Village BIA and City of Toronto
(SUMMARY) (FULL PROJECT)

Excellence Winner: Year of Wisconsin Avenue
Milwaukee Downtown, BID #21
(SUMMARY) (FULL PROJECT)

Certificate of Merit: 34th Street Partnership Taxi Stand
34th Street Partnership
(SUMMARY) (FULL PROJECT)

Certificate of Merit: Newsracks
34th Street Partnership
(SUMMARY) (FULL PROJECT)

Certificate of Merit: Activating Underutilized Parking Space for Public Use
Anchorage Community Development Authority
(SUMMARY) (FULL PROJECT)

Certificate of Merit: The Square on 21st Street
Downtown Denver Partnership
(SUMMARY) (FULL PROJECT)

Certificate of Merit: Downtown Topeka Public Space
Downtown Topeka, Inc.
(SUMMARY) (FULL PROJECT)

Certificate of Merit:Garment District Urban Garden on Broadway
Garment District Alliance
(SUMMARY) (FULL PROJECT)

Certificate of Merit: Art Route DSM
Greater Des Moines Partnership
(SUMMARY) (FULL PROJECT)

Certificate of Merit: Rosslyn Streetscape Elements Master Plan
Rosslyn BID
(SUMMARY) (FULL PROJECT)

Certificate of Merit: Clean Streets Team
The Waterfront BIA
(SUMMARY) (FULL PROJECT)

Certificate of Merit: Magma: The Mural
Uptown Business Association
(SUMMARY) (FULL PROJECT)

 
Read the 2018 Press Release.

 

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