Governor's Awards for Downtown Excellence - Avery Block

DENVER -- August 7, 2014 -- Downtown Colorado, Inc. (DCI) is proud to announce the 2014 Governor's Awards for Downtown Excellence recipients. In concert with Rocky Mountain Performance Excellence (RMPEx), DCI is also pleased to announce the City of Trinidad, as the winner of the Best Downtown Management Program, is the recipient of a Rocky Mountain Performance Excellence application valued at $500. All Governor's Awards winners will be honored at the 2014 Governor's Awards for Downtown Excellence Ceremony and Best of Fort Collins Festival on September 11, 2014, which will be held during DCI's Vibrant Colorado Downtowns Conference in Fort Collins.


Since 2003, the Governor's Awards has recognized outstanding projects and people that reflect an attitude of perseverance and dedication to community revitalization in Colorado. All 2014 nominated projects were completed between September 1, 2010 and May 30, 2014.


The 2014 Governor's Awards for Downtown Excellence winners are:   

  • Best Adaptive Reuse or Rehabilitation: Ute Theater Event Center: City of Rifle
  • Best Adaptive Reuse for Public Space: Brian's Park Ice Rink: City of Victor and DHM Design
  • Best New Construction, Infill, or Redevelopment: The Gallery Flats: City of Loveland, Loveland Urban Renewal Authority, Brinkman Partners and Woodbury Strategic Partners
  • Best Façade Program (tie): Alleyscape Façade Program: Longmont Downtown Development Authority and City of Longmont AND Avery Block Façade Rehabilitation Project: Slaterpaull Architects, Inc., City of Fort Collins, Fort Collins Downtown Development Authority, Palmer Properties, LLC and the Colorado State Historical Fund
  • Best Small Town Public Space Project: Rio Blanco County Veterans Memorial: Meeker VFW Post 5843 and Ladies Auxiliary, Rio Blanco County, Town of Meeker, and artist John Kobald
  • Best Urban Public Space Project: Larimer Square Backyard:Downtown Denver Partnership, Larimer Square, and Master of Urban and Regional Planning Program, College of Architecture and Planning, University of Colorado Denver
  • Best Promotional Event: 1st Annual Morrison Alley Fest:Downtown Denver Partnership, Larimer Square, and Master of Urban and Regional Planning Program, College of Architecture and Planning, University of Colorado Denver
  • Best Marketing and Branding: Ridge at 38 Brand and Marketing Plan: Ridge at 38 Leadership Committee
  • Community Creativity Award: Greeley Creative District
  • Best Downtown Management Program: City of Trinidad
  • Best Group Effort of Multi-jurisdictional Cooperation: Downtown Glenwood Springs: Glenwood Springs Downtown Development Authority, City of Glenwood Springs, Garfield County, Garfield County Library District, Colorado Mountain College, and Glenwood Springs Chamber of Commerce
  • Vicki Mattox Downtowner of the Year: John Manka, Castle Rock
  • Consultants for Public Good: Hazel Hartbarger, executive director, Arvada Economic Development Association; Beth Parish, Ed.D., Affiliate Faculty Member at Regis University

"This year's nominees represent some of Colorado's best contributions to vibrant local communities," said Katherine Correll, executive director, Downtown Colorado, Inc. "On behalf of DCI members, board of directors, and staff, we congratulate the winners and all of the nominees for excellent work to enhance Colorado's commercial districts."


All Governor's Awards winners will be featured at the Governor's Award Dinner and Reception at the Lincoln Center in Fort Collins, at 5:30pm on September 11th. The winners will also receive a certificate signed by Governor John Hickenlooper, State of Colorado; Reeves Brown, Executive Director, Department of Local Affairs; and John Plakorus, DCI Board Chair. The Governor's Awards Reception is a ticketed event. Attendees must pre-register to attend. 


Photos of the winning projects, along with accompanying details, are also being featured on DCI's Facebook page, where members will have a chance to vote for their favorite projects. The people's choice winner, based on the number of "likes" given to each project on Facebook, will receive special accolades.


View further details on the Governor's Awards Reception and Best of Fort Collins Festival here.



About Downtown Colorado, Inc.

Established in 1982 as the Colorado Community Revitalization Association, Downtown Colorado, Inc. is a 501(c)3 nonprofit membership organization that aims to build better communities by providing assistance to downtowns, commercial districts and town centers in Colorado. Organization members represent downtown organizations, local governments, development and improvement districts, consultants, individuals and others involved in downtown and community development.


About Rocky Mountain Performance Excellence


Rocky Mountain Performance Excellence (RMPEx) is a Rocky Mountain regional program dedicated to guiding organizations through application of principles and practices embodied in the Baldrige Award. Incorporated in 2000 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, RMPEx is one of more than 30 similar state and regional programs in the United States. It serves all Colorado, Montana, and Wyoming organizations regardless of size, type, or economic sector.