Des Moines, Iowa – 1000 Friends of Iowa is pleased to present the 2020 Best Development Awards to ten Iowa ‘development heroes’ in eight categories. The Best Development Awards Program showcases work that thoughtfully considers the connections between building, land, natural resources, development, and quality of life. With a mission focused on responsible land use, 1000 Friends of Iowa promotes smart growth planning principles that help achieve socially, economically, and environmentally sustainable communities. 

The 2020 development heroes come from the following cities: Burlington, Clarence, Clive, Davenport, Des Moines, Dubuque, Jewell, Mason City, and Oxford. Additionally, the Iowa Flood Center will be recognized for its projects that occurred in Coralville, Dubuque, and Storm Lake.

Details and photos of the winning projects have been compiled at:

What: 2020 Best Development Awards Ceremony

When: January 29, 2021 at 12 noon


Media opportunities: Screenshots are welcomed. Short question and answer session begins after the awards ceremony, approximately 12:50 p.m. with the Best Development Award winners, as well as 1000 Friends of Iowa Executive Director, Kari Carney, and expert jurors: Megan Downs, project manager at Impact7G; Jeff Geerts, Iowa Economic Development Authority; and Ulrike Passe at Iowa State University.

Contact: Julia McGuire, Awards Coordinator, (515) 988-1828 – text

# # # 

1000 Friends of Iowa, founded in 1998, is a statewide nonprofit organization focused on land use education. Its mission is to unite Iowans in efforts to protect farmland and natural areas, revitalize neighborhoods, towns and cities, and improve quality of life for future generations. Additional details about each winning project and 1000 Friends of Iowa’s smart growth priorities can be found at