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.
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
Old Town Square Renovation, Fort Collins
Buena Vista Optimist Splash Park, Buena Vista
Best New addition to downtown
Littleton Signage and Wayfinding, Littleton
True Nature Healing Arts Center, Carbondale
Best Adaptive Reuse or Rehabilitation
Emily Griffith Campus, Denver
Cheese Importers, Longmont
Lyons Depot, Lyons
Best Event, Festival or Recurring Activity
Great Plates of Downtown Fort Collins, Fort Collins
Lakewood INSPIRE Arts Week, Lakewood
Loveland Fire and Ice Festival, Loveland
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!