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Published on Thursday, October 31, 2019

International Downtown Association Awards Top Industry Honor to City of San Antonio Planning

CONTACT: Iris F. González ,(210) 207-5454

Allison Shashok Marketing & Communications Manager International Downtown Association
202- 798-5926,  allison@downtown

SAN ANTONIO (October 30, 2019) – During its 65th Annual Conference and Tradeshow in Baltimore, MD, the International Downtown Association (IDA) recognized the City of San Antonio Planning Department and lead consultant MIG, Inc. with the Downtown Achievement Pinnacle Award for their work and initiatives related to SA Tomorrow Comprehensive Plan and Sub-Area Planning.

Each year, IDA recognizes outstanding projects as winners of the Downtown Achievement Awards which identify improvements to urban centers by dedicated organizations around the globe. The industry’s highest recognition, the Pinnacle Award, represents the most creative and inspiring innovations in urban place management. SA Tomorrow Comprehensive Plan and Sub-Area Planning won in the category of Pinnacle Award this year.


The SA Tomorrow Comprehensive Plan, created through a coordinated community-based process in 2016, serves as a long range vision for San Antonio by providing strategic direction for decision making and community investment. Following its adoption in 2016, the Planning Department is working alongside communities for Sub-Area Plans for 13 Regional Centers and 17 Community Areas that collectively encompass the City of San Antonio.


“The City of San Antonio’s SA Tomorrow Comprehensive Plan takes an innovative approach to planning for our future as we prepare for the significant growth coming to our community,” said City Manager Erik Walsh. “We will continue t work with our residents to implement the SA Tomorrow vision by developing Regional Center plans for our City’s major employment centers and planning with our residents so that all areas of our city benefit from the great work being done through this initiative. I would like to express my gratitude to the International Downtown Association for recognizing the forward-thinking efforts of our community and awarding SA Tomorrow this distinction.”

“The City of San Antonio’s innovative plan received the IDA Pinnacle Award for setting the new standard for improving cities worldwide,” said David Downey, IDA President and CEO. “SA Tomorrow Comprehensive Plan and Sub-Area Planning has made an impact on its city and the people who live, work and play in the community, and demonstrates the continued commitment to champion livable, vital and thriving urban centers.”

Washington, DC-based IDA is the premier organization for urban place professionals who are shaping and activating dynamic city center districts. IDA’s members have a proven track record of creating collaborative public-private partnerships to tackle weighty issues. More than 2,500 downtown management districts exist in cities throughout the U.S. and Canada. Place management organizations affect significant change in every major metropolitan area throughout North America in an industry that is growing rapidly around the globe. Place management work touches every discipline of city building, including economic development, leadership, marketing, events, public space management, policy, planning and infrastructure.

The 2019 Downtown Achievement Awards are sponsored by Sky Connect Networks. All projects were honored at the 65th Annual Conference & Tradeshow in Baltimore, Maryland on Tuesday, October 29, 2019. Additional information on the Pinnacle award winners can be found online at

To learn more about the SA Tomorrow Comprehensive Plan and Sub-Area Plans, visit and




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