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IDA Presents Downtown Achievement Awards Recognizing Excellence in Urban Place Management

During its 65th Annual Conference and Tradeshow in Baltimore, MD, the International Downtown Association recognized Downtown Hays Development Corporation (DHDC) with the Downtown Achievement Award of Excellence for its work and initiatives related to their Downtown Pavilion Project.

The Award of Excellence acknowledges an excellent response to an industry challenge and exceeds the jury criteria. The addition of a Downtown Pavilion at 10th and Main in Downtown Hays was among 23 qualified entries in the category of Public Space. This category features capital improvements that have enhanced the urban design, transportation methods, physical function, or economic viability of downtown and the community.

“This award is really an affirmation for DHDC. Affirmation that our vision for Downtown Hays is making a positive change in our community. It means so much to have our work appreciated on an international level,” Sara Bloom, Executive Director of DHDC said. “I want to take this opportunity to once again thank the City of Hays, Commercial Builders, Fort Hays State University (FHSU), and North Central Kansas Technical College (NCK) for their contributions to this project.”

“DHDC’s project received the IDA Award of Excellence for uniquely implementing best practice in urban place management,” said David Downey, IDA President and CEO. “The Downtown Pavilion is a shining example of excellent urban place management delivering real value to the city and an exemplary response to a community challenge.”

The Pavilion is a 46-by-86-foot outdoor structure located on 10th Street, about a block east of Main. The planning and design class at FHSU designed the structure. FHSU’s building construction class built it with guidance from Commercial Builders. And an electrical technology class from NCK installed the electrical wiring and lighting.

Following its dedication in April 2018 the structure was gifted to the City of Hays for free use by the Hays community. It has since been home to the Downtown Hays Market, Relay for Life, quarterly art walks, weddings, reunions, concerts, classes, and more.

This award follows less than a week after DHDC also received recognition for its marketing efforts by the Travel Industry Association of Kansas (TIAK) with first place wins in both Print Media and Community Awareness.





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