1000 Friends of Iowa taking nominations for Best Development Awards

The non-profit organization 1000 Friends of Iowa gives out Best Development Awards every year to recognize “quality development and redevelopment projects in Iowa and leadership that upholds our mission.”

Here is the organization’s mission statement:

1000 Friends of Iowa promotes responsible development that

   *  Conserves and protects our agricultural and natural resources

   *  Revitalizes our neighborhoods, towns, and cities; and

   *  Improves the quality of life for future generations

The awards are given in six categories:

   * New Residential

   * Renovated Residential

   * Renovated Commercial/Civic

   * New Commercial/Civic

   * Mixed Use

   * Leadership

After the jump you can find more information about how to nominate a project, as well as the criteria used to judge nominees. That information can also be found here.

To see photos and read about the 2007 award-winners, click here.

The 2006 winners of the Best Development Awards can be seen on this page.

Click here to see which projects won in 2005.

The deadline for nominations is coming right up on June 25, so spread the word and act quickly if you know of a worthy project.

More details about the Best Development Awards are after the jump.

Nominations for the 2008 Best Development Awards are now being accepted!  The deadline for entries is June 25, 2008.

Further details on the date, time and location of the awards ceremony will be posted in the coming weeks.

The Best Development Awards program recognizes quality development and redevelopment projects in Iowa and leadership that upholds our mission.  The nomination process is user friendly, and is a great opportunity to reward cities, companies, and individuals implementing 1000 Friends’ ideals to make Iowa a better state.  

Best Development Awards are given in six categories:

   * New Residential

   * Renovated Residential

   * Renovated Commercial/Civic

   * New Commercial/Civic

   * Mixed Use

   * Leadership

To submit a nomination in any of the above categories, please mail or email as much of the following information as you know to the Des Moines office or kfoi@1000friendsofiowa.org.This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

   * Name of the development

   * Location

   * Owner and/or architect

   * Contact information for you and a representative of the project, and

   * Brief summary of how the project meets KFOI’s mission and the Smart Growth criteria (listed below) If available, pictures are encouraged as they truly are worth a thousand words.

Best Development Award Criteria

Projects will be reviewed and awards granted based upon the project fulfilling the objectives of Smart Growth as defined below.

Smart growth is the efficient use of our resources to develop sustainable communities that provide a high quality of life.

Smart growth efficiently utilizes our tax dollars and private investments through. . .

   * Reinvesting in existing communities that have experienced decline. This includes rehabilitation and reuse of older buildings and in-fill development.

   * Focusing new development around walkable, mixed-use town centers with a balance of housing and jobs.

   * Coordinating the provision of utilities and public services amongst local jurisdictions in a metropolitan region.

Smart growth is sustainable because it. . .

   * Distributes affordable housing throughout the region to improve access to employment opportunities and avoid concentrations of poverty.

   * Utilizes green building practices to conserve energy.

   * Attracts new business and industry, which increasingly consider quality of life factors when selecting communities in which to locate or expand.

   * Balances urban expansion with the protection of agricultural land and natural areas.

   * Empowers citizens to take responsibility for their community and become actively involved in the planning process.

   * Recognizes the interdependence of the social, natural and built environments.

   * Considers the impact of development on future generations.

Smart growth provides a high quality of life by . . .

   * Creating a framework to build community and establish a sense of place.

   * Providing walkable, mixed-use community centers that include civic, commercial and residential uses.

   * Offering residents a variety of choices in housing options and transportation modes.

   * Establishing urban green spaces and protecting environmentally sensitive areas from inappropriate development.

   * Engaging residents in a more active, healthy lifestyle.

   * Reducing health threats from air and water pollution.

Recipients receive a plaque, publicity during the announcement of 2008 winners, and recognition in 1000 Friends of Iowa’s education materials and website.

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