Best Development Awards

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1000 Friends of Iowa established the Best Development Awards in 2001. The awards showcase development projects and programs in Iowa that best reflect the principles of smart growth, sustainability, and uphold the mission of 1000 Friends of Iowa. They also recognize the efforts of businesses, developers, cities, organizations, and individuals responsible for these projects in 12 categories:

  • New Civic
  • Renovated Civic
  • New Commercial
  • Renovated Commercial
  • Innovative Leadership
  • Mixed Use
  • Renewable Energy
  • New Residential
  • Renovated Residential
  • Stormwater Management
  • Transportation/Complete Streets
  • Urban Placemaking/Green Spaces

The 2017 Best Development Awards nominations are now open!!! Click to nominate your favorite projects here: Nominate!

If you’re interested in supporting this year’s awards program, download the sponsorship and benefits information. Sponsoring is easy — just click here to select your sponsorship level! 

The winners of the Best Development Awards are models of how responsible development practices provide benefits to the community, the environment, and the quality of life for future generations. The program is designed to bring attention to cities, companies, non-profit organizations and individuals who demonstrate how responsible development and planning practices provide benefits to the community, the environment and the quality of future generations.

The very best projects show collaboration between public and private sectors to build, repurpose or preserve our infrastructure. These buildings and projects provide sustainability to our state by considering site placement, design, water efficiency, energy management, the materials and resources used, the indoor environmental quality, and public use and benefit.

Don’t miss the feature story on the 2015 Best Development Award winners that appeared in the July/August issue of the Iowan Magazine. Thank you to our members for your ongoing support!

Learn about previous recipients of the Best Development Awards:

People United for Responsible Land Use