Tuesday, October 12, 2010

City, Gateway Planning win international award

12 Oct 2010 — Messenger-Inquirer
By the Messenger-Inquirer

Owensboro and Gateway Planning Group of Fort Worth, Texas, have won a Downtown Achievement merit award from the International Downtown Association for their work on Owensboro's placemaking initiative and riverfront development projects.

The award was presented at the 56th annual conference of the International Downtown Association last week in Fort Worth.

The awards 'celebrate and communicate the most successful and innovative efforts in worldwide downtown development,' according to the announcement.
They 'recognize the best practices that downtown revitalization, management and leadership have to offer,' it said.

Scott Polikov with Gateway Planning Group and Fred Reeves, executive director for Owensboro's downtown development, attended the conference and addressed a panel about 'Revitalizing Downtowns Through Form-Based Codes and Public/Private Financing.'

'To be recognized by an international organization and among our peers for our efforts to revitalize our riverfront and downtown is a great honor and further affirmation that Owensboro is on the right track to progress,' Mayor Ron Payne said in a news release.

According to its website, the 56-year-old International Downtown Association has more than 650 member organizations in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa.