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Honoring Some of the Best Developers in Iowa

July 28, 2011

IOWA CITY, Iowa - Developers sometimes get a bad reputation when projects create urban sprawl. However, a growing number of developers are using smart-growth practices that provide benefits to the community, the environment, and the quality of life for future generations.

Those developers and projects will be honored with the 2011 Best Development Awards presented by 1000 Friends of Iowa. Karen Howard, Iowa City planner and 1000 Friends of Iowa board member, says these types of developments add to a community's economic viability.

"If you do it in a way that also preserves our neighborhoods and makes it a great place to live and to work and to shop and to play, I think that just adds to the ability of our cities to attract new development over time."

The idea of the Best Development Awards is to recognize the efforts of the cities, companies, organizations, and individuals responsible for these projects. Howard says, adding that the criteria is simple.

"Things that showcase really sustainable development, benefits to the environment, adding to the quality of life for our people living in our towns and cities in Iowa."

Monday is the deadline for submitting projects for the awards, or developers who have done them. Simple nomination applications can be made online at That website also includes a list of past winners.

Dick Layman, Public News Service - IA