Awards & Accolades


City and GIPC recognized by the American Planning Association for Plan 2020’s unique, decentralized approach to planning for city’s growth.

INDIANAPOLIS – The Department of Metropolitan Development (DMD) and the Greater Indianapolis Progress Committee (GIPC) are pleased to announce Plan 2020 will receive the Silver 2017 National Planning Achievement Award for a Best Practice from the American Planning Association (APA) for its decentralized approach to planning for the city’s growth.

Plan 2020, a partnership led by GIPC and DMD, defined a new approach to planning in Indianapolis. It acknowledged that Marion County’s full planning capacity reaches well beyond city government and included an unprecedented degree of coordination and collaboration between public, private and philanthropic organizations to realize the community’s collective vision for the future.

“Plan2020 is a powerful representation of what is possible when Indianapolis neighborhoods, community members, and City leadership come together to look ahead and begin planning for the next chapter of our city,” said Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett. “This innovative process engaged our community in a uniquely Indianapolis way and resulted in a collective vision that is relevant and reflective of our residents. I am hopeful this recognition inspires others to redefine their community planning process in a similar way.”

Between March 2014 and December 2015, Plan 2020 reached over 100,000 people using a dozen different community engagement vehicles. The result was a public engagement process deeply committed to guaranteeing Plan 2020’s development and final recommendations remain accessible to anyone who lives, works and visits Marion County. The team returned to the drawing board repeatedly, reaching out to anyone with unique needs and circumstances, including populations who are historically under-represented in planning processes. Through this extensive community outreach, Plan 2020 shows how city planning can work as a decentralized effort, making it more relevant to more people.

Plan 2020 involved the creation or update or seven different plans for all of Indianapolis and Marion County, including the Bicentennial Agenda, the vision and values document that outlines fifteen strategies to make our community healthier, more resilient, more inclusive, and more competitive.

Another component, the Bicentennial Plan, lays out specific actions partners committed to complete by the time our city celebrates its Bicentennial at the end of 2020.  “The extensive community outreach involved in developing this plan resulted in something unique and transformative for Indianapolis. Plan 2020 does not simply outline what should be done to prepare our city for growth, it articulates what will be done. Each and every component outlined in the Plan has a committed partner capable of fulfilling an action step, and numerous partners who are working to realize the larger vision,” said Beth White, Executive Director, GIPC.

In total, 43 community partners, including a variety of government departments and other public and private organizations, are working together on the Bicentennial Plan’s implementation.  These organizations have signed a Memorandum of Agreement with GIPC to carry out the action steps identified in in the plan or directly support implementation of its strategies.

“We are proud to have been recognized on a national level by APA. This was a truly collaborative effort from the City, community and business leaders, as well as residents. I would like to thank the DMD and GIPC teams, as well as the thousands of people who worked tirelessly to give our community a voice. This recognition is a testament to the impact that can be made when city government works hand-in-hand with our community,” said Emily Mack, DMD Director.

APA’s national awards program is a proud tradition established more than 50 years ago to recognize outstanding community plans, planning programs and initiatives, public education efforts, and individuals for their leadership on planning issues. These efforts help create communities of lasting value throughout the country – and around the world.

The City of Indianapolis and GIPC are one of twelve recipients being honored at a special luncheon during APA’s National Planning Conference in New York City on May 8, 2017. Representing the City of Indianapolis and GIPC will be co-managers of Plan 2020, Brad Beaubien and Brooke Thomas. Beaubien is DMD’s Administrator for Long Range Planning, and Thomas was the Deputy Director of GIPC during the planning process. The recipients will also be featured in the May 2017 issue of Planning magazine.


About APA

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People’s Planning Academy Receives 2018 Hoosier Planning Award

The People’s Planning Academy was presented with the 2018 Hoosier Planning Award for Outstanding Outreach & Communication, presented by the Indiana Chapter of the American Planning Association.  The People’s Planning Academy is the public education component of the Plan 2020 update to the Marion County Land Use Plan.  The Academy, developed in partnership with the Indianapolis Neighborhood Resource Center, provides training on how planning can achieve the four goals of the Plan 2020 Bicentennial Agenda as well as on the Land Use Pattern Book.

IndyVitals Receives 2017 Exemplary Systems in Government Award

The Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA) has announced recipients of its 2017 Exemplary Systems in Government (ESIG) Awards. The award competition recognizes extraordinary achievements in the use of geospatial information technology that have improved the delivery and quality of government services.

IndyVitals won in the Enterprise System category, which acknowledges outstanding and working examples of using information system technology in a multi-department environment as part of an integrated process to improve services and/or that provides cost-savings to an organization.  Learn more about the award from URISA.

IndyVitals a Finalist in 2017 TechPoint Mira Awards

Plan 2020’s IndyVitals neighborhood data portal, powered by SAVI and built by The Polis Center, was a finalist nominee for a 2017 TechPoint Mira Award in the “Innovation of the Year” category.

The Mira Awards—Indiana’s longest running technology awards program—amplify success stories of some of the very best Indiana startups, scale-ups, and established tech companies, which helps them win new customers, attract investment capital, and acquire skilled talent. The Mira Awards are a large, annual part of TechPoint’s mission to accelerate tech growth in Indiana.

A total of 15 award winners and three honorable mentions were chosen from the 90 outstanding companies, organizations, and individuals who were selected as nominees this year out of the 180 applications received highlighting achievements during the 2016 calendar year.

CityCorps Bicentennial Fellowship wins Honor Award from American Society of Landscape Architects

With the support of Plan 2020’s CityCorps Bicentennial Fellowship program, Taylor Siefker Willliams Design Group and Plan 2020 partners Greater Indianapolis Progress Committee and the Department of Metropolitan Development received an Honor Award from the Indiana Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects.  The 2016 award, given for the Indy Greenways Programming fellowship work that explored how to activate the Indy Greenways network by engaging neighborhoods and the broader community, recognizes outstanding professional achievement in the landscape architecture profession.