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Nominations should demonstrate how two or more organizations have effectively collaborated on a specific preservation project or on-going revitalization effort. Partners can include, but are not limited to, a Main Street program, local government, other non-profit organization or private enterprise. How did the partnership come about? Were there obstacles or competing interests that were overcome? What will be a long-term or on-going benefit to the relationship?
Nominations should demonstrate how a project involving a Washington State Main Street Network member has succeeded in helping a downtown or neighborhood commercial district retain or attract businesses. Projects can include business recruitment or retention efforts, adaptive reuse, special incentive, or educational programs.
Outstanding Design or Rehabilitation
Nominations should be made for a single public or private construction or rehabilitation project. Important factors to discuss include design quality, historic preservation, creativity, and impact within budget or constraints. Please provide a brief history of the building (if appropriate), its significance to the community, and how the project benefits Main Street. Was a federal rehabilitation tax credit used? How was the Washington State Main Street Network member involved with or supports the project. Please include before and after photos of the project.
Business Success Story
Nominations should be made for a business located in the downtown or neighborhood commercial district that has increased its volume of business or expanded operations. Please indicate how the business exemplifies the best in marketing, display, hours, quality, convenience, merchandising, and inventory. How was the Washington State Main Street Network member involved with or supports the project. Please include a written statement from the business owner.
Outstanding Achievement in Promotion
Nominations should be made for creative and effective image campaigns, special events or other promotional projects that market to and attract people to the downtown or neighborhood commercial district. Please include information about the target audience, goal and results of the promotion, what role local businesses played, and significant in-kind donations and sponsorships (and how they were attained). Please attach posters, flyers, and/or image materials as well as newspaper articles (if appropriate).
Outstanding Special Project
Nominations should be made for those special projects that don’t quite fit into the other categories. Fundraising activities, customer service programs, etc. would fall under this category. Also included would be great one-time projects or activities that affect a downtown or neighborhood commercial district revitalization effort. Please share the goals of the project and how they were met or exceeded.
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