Awards and Nomination

Since 2003, the Governor’s Awards for Downtown Excellence has recognized outstanding projects and people that reflect an attitude of perseverance and dedication to community revitalization in Colorado.

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.

2016 Governor's Awards for Downtown Excellence

The 2016 Annual Governor’s Awards for Downtown Excellence gala will take pace in Pueblo on the evening of September 22, 2016 at the Robert Hoag Rawlings Public Library. Each year, this event is a highlight of DCI’s Annual Vibrant Colorado Downtowns Conference.

We are pleased to announce a new partnership with the Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU) to integrate our awards with the CNU Colorado Chapter Awards the same night. 


Best use of public space

Large Community

Old Town Square Renovation, Fort Collins 

Small Community

Buena Vista Optimist Splash Park, Buena Vista

Best New addition to downtown

Large Community

Littleton Signage and Wayfinding, Littleton

Small Community

True Nature Healing Arts Center, Carbondale

Best Adaptive Reuse or Rehabilitation

Large Community

Emily Griffith Campus, Denver

Cheese Importers, Longmont 

Small Community

Lyons Depot, Lyons

Best Event, Festival or Recurring Activity

Large Community

Great Plates of Downtown Fort Collins, Fort Collins

Lakewood INSPIRE Arts Week, Lakewood

Loveland Fire and Ice Festival, Loveland

Small Community

Community History: Nimon-Walker Award, Eagle

Elizabash/ Stampede Weekend, Elizabeth

Mountain Harvest Festival, Paonia

Best Creative Reuse in a Large Community

Arts Alliance Studios, Pueblo

Colorful Colorado Award

The Rialto Board, Florence  

Downtowner of the Year

To be announced at the event!
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