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November 2014

  • The City of London and Downtown London named recipient of a Pinnacle Award for

    November 25, 2014

    The City of London and Downtown London named recipient of a Pinnacle Award for

    During its 60th Tradeshow, the International Downtown Associationrecognized the City of London and Downtown London with a Downtown Pinnacle Award for its work and initiatives related to The Downtown Millennium Plan – 15 years later.

    The Millennium Plan was responsible for the creation of Budweiser Gardens, Covent Garden Market rebuild, Central Library (conversion of former Bay Store) and Forks of the Thames revitalization – to name a few of the projects - was among 5 qualified entries in the category of Planning. This category recognizes planning efforts that establish a strategic position for downtown with elements of the plan having already been approved, ratified, or implemented.

    “The approval and subsequent execution of this plan transformed London’s downtown from a crumbling, unattractive and sketchy area to the thriving destination it is today.” Janette MacDonald of Downtown London said in the news release. “Council of the day must be congratulated for their vision and bold moves to make this plan happen.”

    “The success of this plan lays a strong foundation for the Downtown Plan that will be coming back to Council in early 2015.” John Fleming, Chief City Planner. “ Downtown is the heart of the City and our calling card, we need continue to improve our downtown so that London is seen as one of the best mid - sized cities in the world. To attract the best and brightest we need to have a great downtown.

    The Downtown Millennium Plan received IDA’s most prestigious award for demonstrating excellence in downtown management”, said David Downey, IDA President and CEO. “Each year the IDA Awards Jury honors the very best programs and projects in each category to recognize great work and most importantly to set the standard for best practice in our industry. The Downtown Millennium Plan is a wonderful example for all cities to emulate.”

    The Washington, D.C. based International Downtown Association (IDA) is a champion for vital and livable urban centers and strives to inform, influence, and inspire downtown leaders and advocates. With 500 members and thousands of friends, IDA is a guiding force in creating healthy and dynamic centers that anchor the well-being of towns, cities, and regions.

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