2019 Excellence Awards

Each year Downtown New Jersey recognizes New Jersey’s best downtown projects and programs completed within the last two years. Winning submissions are considered models worthy of emulation and are promoted on Downtown New Jersey’s website and will be recognized at the Downtown New Jersey Conference on Oct. 18, 2019 at the Westminster Arts Center, Bloomfield College, 449 Franklin St, Bloomfield, NJ 07003.

Nominations due July 26, 2019.

Award Categories

  • Built Projects: New Construction, Renovation of Existing Structures, Mixed Use and Streetscape Projects, Creative Placemaking
  • Tools of the Trade: Planning Documents, Design Manuals, Strategic Plans, Wayfinding Plans, Marketing Plans, Creative Placemaking
  • Individuals of Excellence Award: Individuals demonstrating leadership and dedication to downtown development

Award Criteria

Built Projects:

  1. Project completed within the last 2 years.
  2. Preserves or enhances the character of the downtown environment.
  3. Contributes to the economic vitality of the downtown or commercial district.
  4. Generates pride in the community.
  5. Draws people to the area.
  6. Demonstrates a coordinated effort by various segments of the community to implement the project.
  7. Improves the streetscape or visual appearance of the commercial business district.

Tools of the Trade:

  1. Program implemented within the last 2 years.
  2. Contributes to the economic vitality of the downtown or commercial district.
  3. Generates pride in the community.
  4. Draws people to the area.
  5. Demonstrates a coordinated effort by various segments of the community to implement the project.

Individuals of Excellence:

  1. Demonstrated leadership in promoting downtown redevelopment and enhancement of the downtown environment.

Submission Requirements

Submissions must include:

  • A one-paragraph summary of the Project, Tool, or Individual with quotes from local leaders for press releases (250 word max).
  • A narrative description of the Project/Tool or the special attributes of the Individual (two pages maximum, PDF file format preferred). The narrative should thoroughly address the award criteria as described above.
  • A maximum of 10 photos in hi resolution JPEG format. No PowerPoints please.
  • Electronic versions of relevant brochures, excerpts of planning documents, or other printed materials in support of the nomination (Max of 10 documents of no more than 100MB. PDF or JPEG file formats preferred).
  • For Projects/Tools, an additional page with the name and contact information of significant contributors to the effort.

Nominate a 2019 Downtown Excellence Award
by July 26, 2019.

(Note that you must have a Google account to submit a nomination. You can create a Google account using an existing email address – you do not have to have/create a gmail address to have a Google account.)

Questions? Contact Courtenay Mercer at info(at)downtownnj.com or 201.472.0356

Past Awardees:

2018
2017