Meet the Finalists: Innovation in Placemaking

This January, Dallas Innovates and D CEO magazine hosted The Innovation Awards 2020, an inaugural event honoring local people and companies in 13 categories.

Dallas Innovates and D CEO magazine teamed up to present The Innovation Awards 2020, a new program honoring companies and leaders—CEOs, CIOs, CTOs, entrepreneurs, and others—driving innovation in North Texas.

Here are the winners and finalists for Innovation in Placemaking.


Better Block Foundation

The Better Block Foundation began in 2010 as a local effort by urban planners Jason Roberts and Andrew Howard to improve their neighborhoods. Since then, the approach has been adopted internationally by more than 200 cities across the globe. Roberts says the goal is to revitalize neighborhoods by “giving people the tools they need to implement change in their community.” Innovation for Better Block Foundation begins with community engagement, partnerships, education, design, and public outreach. The Better Block team has turned empty parking lots into vibrant plazas, created architectural design competitions, promoted local art, and used environmental design to prevent crime—all by working with communities to bring people together. —Amanda Salerno


Fort Worth Medical Innovation District

The Fort Worth Medical Innovation District is a collaboration between the growing medical industry and local entrepreneurs to create a live, work, play environment that will break ground in the medical and biotech industries. Now branded as the iter8 Health Innovation Community, the 1,200-acre district is located in Fort Worth’s Near Southside, which has strong public transportation, proximity to downtown and a mix of residential and commercial development. The area is Tarrant County’s second largest employment center with 40,000 jobs and hopes to create a research and innovation park and bio-business center to attract top talent in the medical-tech industry. Consultants have recommended a public innovation center as well, which will provide the area with the affordable workspace and business start-up services that will allow innovation to flourish in the district. The district was part of the Economic Development Plan for the City of Fort Worth in 2017 and looks to become the most livable medical district in the country. —Will Maddox

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Click each link below to take a closer look at each finalist in all 13 categories.

CIO/CTO of the Year

Corporate Innovator of the Year

Startup Innovator of the Year

Innovation in Education

Innovation in Energy

Innovation in Finance

Innovation in Food and Beverage

Innovation in Healthcare

Innovation in Manufacturing and Consumer Goods

Innovation in Placemaking

Innovation in Retail

Innovation in Technology

Innovation in Transportation

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