Seguin Public Library receives statewide recognition from the  Texas Downtown Association

The Downtown Seguin Library was named winner of the Best Public Improvement category for a community with a population under 50,000.  The awards program is sponsored by the Texas Downtown Association (TDA) which annually recognizes outstanding projects, places, and people from across the state.  The Alley on Third in Downtown Mount Pleasant was also named a winner in this category. 

Judges enthusiastically selected the project based on the design that features extensive glass, the use of wood from the project site, as well as the community impact.  The library was also winner of the People’s Choice Award for this category, determined by fans of the TDA Facebook page. 

The Best Public Improvement category recognizes excellence in public projects and planning in downtowns or commercial districts. Public projects are improvements of public space(s) by public or private entities.  Improvement may be accomplished through parks/green space, enhancements or additions of streetscapes, sidewalks, landscaping, public art, banners and lighting, as well as downtown master planning. Public improvement projects should be compatible and complementary to the existing downtown or commercial district. 

One hundred and fifteen entries were submitted in twelve different categories from communities across the state.  Judges reviewed entries online and then met in person to make their final selection of award finalists and winners.  The panel included:  Kent Collins, Centro Development; P.A. Geddie, County Line Magazine; Lois Rodriguez, Texas Highways; and Evan Thompson, Preservation Texas. 

Winners were announced on November 8 at the President’s Awards Gala held in conjunction with the 2017 Texas Downtown Conference in McKinney. 

TDA was established in 1985 to connect and serve communities that are committed to downtown vitality.  The membership organization is an independent, statewide nonprofit that represents cities and towns of all sizes, economic development corporations, chambers of commerce, local organizations, small businesses, and individuals.