Vibrant Streets™ Toolkit Named Recipient of 2012 Downtown Merit Award by International Downtown Association

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Toolkit helps community’s build street-retail environments from the grassroots up.

During the most recent annual conference the International Downtown Association recognized Streetsense with a Downtown Merit Award for its work and initiatives related to the Vibrant Streets Toolkit.

The Vibrant Streets Toolkit can be used by retailers, businesses, merchants' associations, government agencies, neighborhoods, and community groups to make incremental, measured improvements in their commercial districts to attract shops and restaurants. The project was among 10 qualified entries in the category of Downtown Leadership and Management. This category features many comprehensive and unique organizational approaches that improved the effectiveness of downtown management organizations.

“The Vibrant Streets Toolkit is a great resource for retail districts and communities across the country. We are honored to see our project recognized by the IDA,” James McCandless, Director of Retail at Streetsense said in the news release.

“Streetsense’s project received the IDA Merit Award for delivering excellence in downtown management”, said David Downey, IDA President and CEO. “Each year the IDA Awards Jury recognizes initiatives that utilize best practices in our industry. The Vibrant Streets Toolkit is a shining example of a downtown oriented program that delivers real results.”

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 550 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.

About Vibrant Streets™:
Vibrant Streets™ is an initiative created to encourage successful, neighborhood retail environments “from the grassroots up.” Vibrant Streets™ gives neighborhoods the tools to create a Vibrant Street of their own, regardless of population, ethnic composition, location, income, or budget. Streetsense created The Vibrant Streets™ Toolkit to be used by retailers, businesses, merchants' associations, government agencies, neighborhoods, and community groups to make incremental, measured improvements in their commercial districts to attract shops and restaurants.

For more information, visit http://www.vibrantstreets.com.

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