About the Downtown Achievement Awards

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. The application process runs from February to March with all winners announced at the Annual Conference & Tradeshow in the fall. Learn how to apply, view criteria and categories, and research past winner summaries and presentations through our website. Contact Rebecca Bishophall at (202) 393-6801 with questions about the application. The 2018 submission process is now closed.

Awards Links


View the submission process for this year's application.


Explore the different award categories.

2018 Winners

View the Pinnacle, Award of Excellence and Certificate of Merit winners from the 2018 IDA Downtown Achievement Awards.

Award Archives

View past winning projects that help shape best practices of the industry.