WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (September 16, 2019) – The West Palm Beach Downtown Development Authority (DDA) was the recipient of eight awards from two prestigious statewide competitions  recognizing the organization’s work to advance its mission of creating and sustaining a vibrant and engaged downtown.

The DDA took home six first-place wins, including two for its collaboration with the City of West Palm Beach and the West Palm Beach Community Redevelopment Agency on 12 for 12 WPB: Pop-up to Rent Business Competition. The project, which was created to fill unoccupied retail spaces, was the 2019 winner for the “Out of the Box” category in the annual Florida Redevelopment Association Awards, as well as the 2019 winner for Best Multi-Agency Collaborative Program through Florida Festivals and Events Association’s SUNsational awards.

The DDA also earned six other SUNsational awards, including first place for Best Twitter and Instagram for the DowntownWPB’s social media marketing, and Best Facebook for the West Palm Beach Arts & Entertainment District. Their other first-place win was for the organization’s Public Relations and Media Campaign for Einstein Off the Wall, an April Fool’s Day  promotion thatbrought the iconic scientist to life on Clematis Street.

“Downtown West Palm Beach is flourishing and expanding in so many ways,” said Teneka James-Feaman, Associate Director of the DDA. “We’re happy to earn recognition from these prestigious competitions because it draws attention to two of our main missions and the creative ways we accomplish them.”

Additional SUNsational awards for the two districts include a second-place for the Arts & Entertainment District’s Twitter account, and third place for radio advertising ahead of the Harmony: An Exhibition of the Arts event.

For more information about the DDA or Downtown West Palm Beach, please visit or call the DDA at (561) 833-8873.

About the Downtown Development Authority
The West Palm Beach DDA is an independent taxing district created in 1967 by a special act of the Florida Legislature. Its mission is to promote and enhance a safe, vibrant Downtown for our residents, businesses and visitors through the strategic development of economic, social and cultural opportunities. For more information about the DDA or Downtown West Palm Beach, please visit or call the DDA at (561) 833-8873.

About the West Palm Beach Arts & Entertainment District
The West Palm Beach A&E District is a centralized collection of inspiring arts and entertainment venues; art and history museums; galleries; libraries; performing arts companies; and art education institutions. Situated in the heart of South Florida’s most progressive city, the District includes more than 20 distinct and distinguished cultural destinations that form a defining industry cluster. The A&E District enhances the appeal of West Palm Beach as a visitor destination, drawing attention to its status as a vibrant city illuminated by its beauty and range of creative expression.

About the Florida Festivals & Events Association (FFEA)
Celebrating 25 years, FFEA is a not-for-profit association dedicated to supporting and promoting more than 4,500 festivals, events, and fairs in the state of Florida through education, networking and dissemination of information and the cultivation of high standards. For more information about FFEA, visit

About Florida Redevelopment Association
FRA is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to assisting Florida professionals and volunteers in community revitalization efforts. With its mission of “transforming spaces, revitalizing places,” FRA is committed to providing a forum for more than 300 members to share knowledge and common experiences regarding revitalization opportunities and issues throughout Florida. For more information, visit