2011 Best Development Awards Recipients

New Residential: The Seasons Housing Addition, St. Ansgar

1000 Friends of Iowa is pleased to give The Seasons Housing Addition the 2011 Best Development Award under the category of Best New Residential.  The judges praised the St. Ansgar Economic Development Commission for its collaborative efforts to stabilize the economy of St. Ansgar and provide needed housing so people in the community can live close to where they work.

Renovated Commercial/Civic: Small City Award – Wright on the Park, Mason City

1000 Friends of Iowa is pleased to give Wright on the Park the 2011 Best Development Award under the category of Best Renovated Commercial/Civic.  The judges agreed Wright on the Park is a world-class project that highlights the economic and cultural benefits of preserving the history and sense of place in our communities.

Renovated Commercial/Civic: Large City Award – Dubuque Initiatives, Dubuque

1000 Friends of Iowa is pleased to give Dubuque Initiatives the 2011 Best Development Award under the category of Best Renovated Commercial/Civic for the adaptive re-use of the Roshek Building.  The judges admired the amazing collaborative effort demonstrated in this project to quickly adapt an existing downtown building for other uses that benefit the larger community.

 

New Commercial/Civic: Municipal Marina and Visitor Center, Guttenberg

1000 Friends of Iowa is pleased to give The City of Guttenberg the 2011 Best Development Award under the category of Best New Commercial/Civic for the Guttenberg Municipal Marina and Visitor Center.  The judges praised the project as an important initiative that will help to keep downtown Guttenberg healthy and vibrant for future generations.

Mixed Use: CMBA Studio/The United Center, Sioux City

1000 Friends of Iowa is pleased to give the CMBA Studio/The United Center the 2011 Best Development Award under the category of Best Mixed-Use.  The judges praised this project for the beauty of the rehabilitation of the building and the creative adaptive re-use of a building that might otherwise have been lost. They also noted the extra efforts made to follow best practices with regard to green building techniques.

Leadership: City of Perry

1000 Friends of Iowa is pleased to give City of Perry the 2011 Best Development Award under the category of Leadership.  The judges praised the City of Perry for their many interconnected efforts to stabilize and strengthen the economy of Perry through use of smart growth principles. Any one of the initiatives, programs and projects listed in the City of Perry’s nomination was worthy of praise, but the total package is deserving of the 2011 Leadership Award.