Best Development Awards

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.

Check out our 2020 Best Development Awards Ceremony! Scroll down to view!


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

Thank you to our sponsor and always to our loyal members for their continuous support.

Check out our 2020 virtual Awards Ceremony

2021 Nominations will be open Sept. – Nov. 2021

Our awards recognize the efforts of businesses, developers, cities, organizations, and individuals responsible for work 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, and Placemaking/Greenspace.

The winners of the Best Development Awards are models of responsible development practices that 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, re-purpose 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.

Read about our past award recipients by clicking here, or click the ‘four corners’ in the right-hand area of title bar on the map below to view the past recipients’ respective location and category

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