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Nomination Information & Instructions


  • Decisions by award judges are final. The judges reserve the right to move submissions to more appropriate categories if necessary.  Judges also reserve the right to decline to make an award in any particular category.

  • Honorable mention recipients from past years are encouraged to re-submit nominations and Award of Excellence recipients from past years are allowed to re-submit nominations, provided that there have been marked improvements or changes to the project or activity.

  • All nominations must be submitted using the online form. Paper and mailed in nominations will not be accepted.

  • Nominations entered in the design categories must include before, during and after images of the projects. Because of the primarily visual nature of this category, the more photographs provided, the stronger the nomination. Historic photos of buildings are strongly encouraged.

  • Please make note of the categories that require supporting documentation.

  • All entries must be received by 5:00pm Central Time on April 28, 2023. Nominations NOT received by the deadline will not be considered.

Judging will be based on the principles and objectives of the Main Street Approach©. Entries should reflect creativity, innovation, collaboration, quality planning and implementation. Nominations will be judged on the following criteria:

  • INNOVATION & CREATIVITY: Does the project or program offer a creative solution or innovative approach to address the issue?

  • COLLABORATION: Were partnerships used to get the job done? Were multiple funding sources used? Was the community involved in the effort?

  • COST EFFECTIVENESS: Does the project demonstrate the efficient and creative use of available resources?

  • LOCAL ASSETS: Does the project reinforce and capitalize on the unique assets of the community?

  • QUALITY: Do the projects reflect quality? Do design projects follow Main Street’s design principles?

  • OUTCOME: Did careful planning go into the project? Can the outcome be tied back to the plan? Can the project or activity be replicated by other communities? Did the project have a positive impact on downtown revitalization efforts?

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