Winning projects have been visionary and creative problem-solving solutions accomplished through local grassroots efforts, strong partnerships and innovation. Past winning projects have shown a commitment to traditional and new urban concepts, mixed-use development, historic preservation, public space enhancement and sustainable technology. Some successful projects have combined "best practices” from more than one discipline, often becoming the catalyst for other development in the community.
Governor's Awards for Downtown Excellence Gala
Each year, the Governor's Awards for Downtown Excellence Gala serves as the highlight of our three-day conference. Held on Thursday, September 12, 2013 in the evening, the gala will celebrate the amazing projects and people that are committed to community revitalization in the State of Colorado. This year the gala will be held in Grand Junction. Get ready to cut loose and have some fun while honoring the important revitalization work in our state!
2013 Governor's Awards for Downtown Excellence Categories
Best Adaptive Reuse or Rehabilitation
Best New Construction or Infill Development
Best Public Space Project
Best Tax Increment Financing Downtown Project
Best Façade ProgramBest Promotional Event
Best Creative Industry
Professional Service in Action AwardBest Downtown Management Program
Downtowner of the Year
2013 Governor's Awards for Downtown Excellence Nomination Requirements
General Eligibility and Submission Requirements
Applicant or at least one project partner must be a DCI member. The submitting organization must have played a key role in the development, implementation and overall success of the project. Project must have been completed between September 1, 2009 and May 30, 2013.
Nomination Requirements (Please have this information ready before starting the nomination form, all requirements will be submitted via the online form):
• Must be received by 5 PM on Friday, June 28, 2013
• Must include payment $100: (You will be prompted for payment upon completion of the nomination form.)
• All content will be considered property of DCI and will not be returned and may be used in marketing material
• Will be disqualified if late or incomplete
• Can only be nominated for one category and may be reassigned at the judges discretion
• Narrative will be no more than 3 pages, double-spaced in 12-point type; will have the name of the project, category and city at the top of each page. This can be uploaded as a word or pdf document.
• Submit 2 2-3 sentence testimonials
• Must submit 5–10 300 dpi or higher JPEG photographs that highlight the project, surroundings, and/or impacts of the project. Because images may be reproduced in future publications of DCI, please do not send copyrighted images without permission.
• NEW THIS YEAR! Submit your strongest high resolution photo and 150 word description for our Facebook Members Choice voting contest. Members will "Like" their favorite photo on the DCI Facebook page and this will count for 20% of your total score.
Nominations must be received by Downtown Colorado, Inc. by June 28, 2013 at 5 p.m.
Governor's Awards for Downtown Excellence Gala & Presentation
All nominees will be notified by email whether or not entry is a finalist. Winners will be announced publicly through a press release following the evaluation committee meeting. Finalist or finalist designee is requested to attend the gala dinner in Grand Junction on September 12, 2013.
Winners will be featured at the celebratory gala, in a press release, DCI Facebook page, and on the Downtown Colorado Inc. web site.
Downtown Colorado, Inc. is committed to assisting communities throughout Colorado with their revitalization through education, technical assistance, and advocacy. Our program partners include The Colorado State Historical Fund, The National Trust for Historic Preservation, The Colorado Department of Local Affairs, U.S.D.A. Rural Development as well as other organizations. With these partnerships we have been able to provide quality programs since 1982.
Selection Committee: A jury of representatives from the sponsoring organizations and other professionals will review the awards nominations according to how the projects meet the criteria described under each of the seven award categories as well as the following criteria.
- Impact: Achieves maximum impact on a downtown or neighborhood commercial district revitalization effort.
- Innovation: Offers an innovative or unique approach to a downtown or neighborhood business district development or management challenge.
- Complements Local Assets: Reinforces and capitalizes on the unique assets of the local community.
- Replication: Projects that represent an idea, process or solution that may be replicated in other communities are especially desirable.
- Use of Local Resources: Demonstrates efficient use of local resources, including people power, partnerships and funding.
The jury reserves the right to eliminate categories if a reasonable number of worthy nominations have not been submitted in a given category. The jury may move a project to a different category if it makes it more competitive. The jury's score will account for 80% of the nominations total score.
DCI Members Choice: Members will "Like" their favorite photo on the DCI Facebook page. This will account for 20% of the total score.
Past Finalists and Winners:
2012 Governor's Awards for Downtown Excellence Winners
2010 Governor's Awards for Downtown Excellence Winners
2009 Governor's Awards for Downtown Excellence Program
2008 Governor's Awards for Downtown Excellence Program
2007 Governor's Awards for Downtown Excellence Winners and Nominees