PRESS RELEASE: DowntownDC’s Inaugural District of Fashion Runway Show Receives International Achievement Award


October 30, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. – During its 65th Annual Conference and Tradeshow in Baltimore, MD, the International Downtown Association on Oct. 29 recognized the DowntownDC Business Improvement District (BID) with the Downtown Achievement Award of Excellence for its work and initiatives related to the District of Fashion Runway Show.

The Award of Excellence acknowledges an excellent response to an industry challenge and exceeds the jury criteria. The District of Fashion Runway Show was among 17 qualified entries in the category of Events and Programming. This category features programs and events that improved the image and vitality of downtown.

“With just three iterations since 2018 and over 2,000 attendees, District of Fashion has proven to effectively support a thriving industry,” said Neil Albert, BID President and CEO. “It has brought the community at-large together to enjoy a VIP New York Fashion Week experience in Washington, D.C. We can’t wait to see how it evolves in the years to come.”

“DowntownDC BID’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 District of Fashion Runway Show is a shining example of excellent urban place management delivering real value to the city and an exemplary response to a community challenge.”

District of Fashion continues to convene hundreds of fashion and beauty aficionados, national and international designers, renowned guests and talent from across the DC/MD/VA region and across the east coast. The BID aims to bridge the gap between DC and NY and elevate DC’s position in the fashion industry, while also building the fashion economy of DC and providing a platform for its local creative economy to thrive.

Washington, DC-based IDA is the premier organization for urban place professionals who are shaping and activating dynamic city center districts. The BID is the urban place management organization representing the interests of property owners in Washington, D.C.


About the DowntownDC BID
The DowntownDC Business Improvement District (BID) was founded in 1997 and is a private non-profit organization that provides capital improvements, resources and research that keep the BID area clean, safe, economically and environmentally strong and accessible. The DowntownDC BID is a catalyst, facilitator and thought leader in diversifying the economy, promoting public/private partnerships and enhancing the DowntownDC experience for all. This special district, where property owners have agreed to tax themselves to fund services, encompasses a 138-block area of approximately 520 properties from Massachusetts Avenue on the north to Constitution Avenue on the south, and from Louisiana Avenue on the east to 16th Street on the west. Find DowntownDC BID on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.