MVT CID Recipient of Two 2014 Downtown Merit Awards from IDA

Friday September 5, 2014

The International Downtown Association (IDA) has recognized the Mount Vernon Triangle Community Improvement District (MVT CID) with two Downtown Merit Awards for its work and initiatives related to the K Street Streetscape, Design, Construction and Activation (Public Space Category) and for the MVT CID Marketing and Communications Implementation (Marketing and Communications Category).

The submissions were among many in their categories. The Public Space category recognizes capital improvements that enhanced the urban design, physical function, or economic viability of downtown and the community. The Marketing and Communication category highlights plans or strategies that used print, electronic media, or multimedia efforts to promote downtown and further the value of city centers.

“The Mount Vernon Triangle community has seen dramatic positive changes, both in the welcoming nature of our public spaces – particularly on K Street –  and through the growing awareness of its attributes through our marketing programs,” said MVT CID President, Claire Schaefer Oleksiak. “We are honored by IDA’s recognition and see these achievements as just one part of the vitality and growth happening throughout our neighborhood.”

“The Mount Vernon Triangle Community Improvement District’s projects received the IDA Merit Awards for delivering excellence in downtown management and in marketing and communications,” said David Downey, IDA President and CEO. “Each year the IDA Awards Jury recognizes organizations that utilize best practices in our industry. The K Street Streetscape and Marketing and Communications Implementations are shining examples of excellent downtown management delivering real value to the city.”

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.                                                             

About The Mount Vernon Triangle Community Improvement District
The Mount Vernon Triangle Community Improvement District is a private, nonprofit organization established to enhance the overall quality of life for residents, visitors, employees and property owners in the Mount Vernon Triangle neighborhood in Downtown DC. Celebrating its 10th Anniversary in 2014, the Mount Vernon Triangle CID is considered to be one of Washington DC’s best examples of a mixed-use community. The Mount Vernon Triangle is at the heart of the City—both geographically and culturally. Its boundaries include 17 blocks within the East End of downtown Washington, D.C., bordered by Seventh Street to the west, Massachusetts Avenue to the south, New York Avenue to the north and New Jersey Avenue to the east. The Mount Vernon Triangle is a welcoming, authentic, and centered neighborhood that mirrors the City’s unique mix of historic and modern buildings, longtime and new residents, and diverse cultures, restaurants, and experiences. For more information, we invite you to explore our website at or follow us on Facebook at or Twitter @MVTCID.