2013 Excellence On Main Award Winners
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The Excellence On Main Awards are organized by the Washington State Main Street Program to recognize communities, organizations, and individuals who are helping achieve sustainable communities and economic vitality in Washington State through downtown revitalization and preservation. Washington’s Main Street Program is housed in the Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation and administered, under contract, by the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation.


Economic Vitality

This award is designed to recognize economic enhancement efforts within the downtown district. Nominations should be made for projects that have resulted in substantially improving the economic vitality of the district including job creation and retention, job training and retraining, sales growth, profitability and reinvestments, increased assets and an influx of new dollars from outside the area.

Port Townsend Main Street Program
Downtown Construction Communications Plan
Port Townsend, WA


Community Partnership

This award is designed to recognize a Main Street Network organization and partner(s) who have demonstrated the highest and best degree of cooperation to benefit downtown revitalization efforts.

Langley Main Street Association
Langley Main Street Shuttle
Langley, WA


Outstanding Promotional Event

This award recognizes creative and effective image campaigns, special events or other promotional projects that market to and attract people to the downtown or neighborhood commercial district.

Ellensburg Downtown Association
Hometown Holidays
Ellensburg, WA


Organizational Excellence

This award is designed to recognize excellence in the areas relating to building a strong downtown revitalization organization while achieving consensus and cooperation among stakeholder groups.

Port Angeles Downtown Association
Port Angeles Youth Volunteers Program
Port Angeles, WA


Green Community

This award is designed to recognize projects and activities focused on improving quality of life, cleanliness, safety and the environment within the downtown district. Nominations should be made for projects that have focused on sustainability, recycling, and the increased quality of life of residents and users of downtown.

Gig Harbor Downtown Waterfront Alliance
Summer Flower Basket Program
Gig Harbor, WA


Visual Impact

This award is designed to recognize programs and projects that positively impact preservation efforts, façade improvements, signage and visual merchandising as well as transportation, parking and zoning issues. Important factors to highlight include quality, historic preservation, creativity, and impact within budget or constraints.

The Kiggins Theatre
Vancouver, WA


Business of the Year

This award is designed to recognize the innovation, dedication and entrepreneurial spirit displayed by our entrepreneurs and small businesses. Nominations should be made for a business located in the downtown or neighborhood commercial district that has increased its volume of business, expanded operations and demonstrated a strong commitment to downtown revitalization.

Country Aire Natural Foods Market
Port Angeles, WA



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.

Downtown Camas Association
Camas Mill Antiquity Object D’Arts!
Camas, WA


Volunteer of the Year

This award is designed to recognize an individual who has made significant contributions in a Main Street Network community.

Gary Glein
Gig Harbor, WA


Excellence on Main Award

This award recognizes outstanding projects and people that reflect and attitude of perseverance and dedication to community revitalization in Washington and will be presented to one community, organization or individual each year.

The Market Building
Chelan, WA


Thank you for supporting Washington's Main Street Program!

2012 Excellence On Main Awards

2011 Excellence On Main Awards