WHAT ARE THE GOVERNOR'S AWARDS? // Since 2003, the Downtown Colorado, Inc. (DCI) Governor's Awards for Downtown Excellence have recognized outstanding projects and people in Colorado that demonstrate creativity in the face of challenges, unlikely and enduring partnerships and dedication to community to further downtown initiatives.Each year the Governor's Awards for Downtown Excellence serve as a highlight for DCI’s IN THE GAME Vibrant Downtown Event, an annual conference for downtown champions, resources, and stewards. 

The 2018 IN THE GAME event will be in Boulder, CO April 10-13, and the Governor’s Awards will be presented on Thursday, April 12, 2018 in Boulder, CO. The Governor’s Awards for Downtown Excellence will celebrate the amazing projects and people that are committed to economic and community revitalization in Colorado. In an exciting continuation of a partnership developed in 2016, this year’s awards will also be held in conjunction with the Colorado Chapter of the Congress for New Urbanism (CNU), which will be presenting their bi-annual awards with DCI’s.

WHAT ARE THE CATEGORIES? // The 2018 Governor's Awards for Downtown Excellence categories are

  • Best Adaptive Reuse or Rehabilitation
  • Best Event, Festival or Recurring Activity
  • Best New Addition to Downtown
  • Best Use of Public Space
  • Vicki Mattox Downtowner of the Year for Innovation

HOW DO I NOMINATE A PROJECT? // Please check out category details and judging criteria below for details on the award process.

  • All 2018 nominated projects must be completed between August 1, 2014 and March 30, 2018
  • All submissions are due by February 1, 2018 and must include a DCI Member in the project team

Nomination Form


Info for Applicants


Submission & Judging Criteria 


HOW DO I SPONSOR THE GOVERNOR'S AWARDS? // Please check out the sponsorship details below for details about sponsorship.  Fill out the Sponsorship Form HERE if you wish be a part of this event, and DCI will contact you shortly.

Sponsorship Info


Past Governor's Awards Winners // 

  • 2016 Event Program
  • 2015 Event Program
  • 2014 Event Program

Location | TBA, Boulder, CO



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