Ginger and Baker Win State Award for Best Adaptive Reuse and Rehabilitation

Downtown Colorado, Inc. (DCI), a nonprofit organization dedicated to revitalizing Colorado’s downtown districts, is pleased to announce the 2018 winners of the Governor’s Awards for Downtown Excellence. This year’s winners will be honored at the 2018 Governor’s Awards Ceremony, on April 13 at the Rembrandt Yard Art Gallery & Event Center during DCI’s 2018 IN THE GAME Vibrant Downtown Event in Boulder.

Since 2003, the Governor’s Awards have recognized outstanding projects and people in Colorado that demonstrate creativity in the face of enormous challenges, unlikely and enduring partnerships, and dedication to community.

The 2018 Governor’s Awards for Downtown Excellence categories each have a large and small community winner, and the Winners are:

Best Adaptive Reuse or Rehabilitation
Fort Collins’ Ginger and Baker
Lamar Shore Arts Center Park

Best Event, Festival or Recurring Activity
Monster Day Greeley
Brush People’s Market

Best New Addition to Downtown
Lafayette’s The Collective Community Arts Center
Winter Park Hideaway Station

Best Use of Public Space
Town of Parker’s Discovery Park
Ridgway Streetscape Redevelopment
Victor Pinnacle Park Plaza

Colorful Colorado: Estes Park Library

Vicki Mattox Downtowner of the Year for Innovation
Mayor Mike Hillman, City of Idaho Springs
Katrina Harms, Town of Nederland
Mark Zaremba, Louisville Downtown Business Association
Don Sandoval, Colorado Department of Local Affairs

“We are absolutely thrilled with the quality of projects nominated this year, and offer our congratulations to everyone who submitted projects” said Katherine Correll, Executive Director, Downtown Colorado, Inc. “Colorado communities, large and small, from the Western Slope to the Front Range to the Eastern plains, continue to demonstrate amazing creativity, dedication to the public good and resilience in the face of obstacles.”

Each year the Governor’s Awards for Downtown Excellence serve as a highlight for DCI’s IN THE GAME Vibrant Downtown Event, an annual conference for downtown champions, resources, and stewards. The Governor’s Awards for Downtown Excellence celebrate the amazing projects and people that are committed to economic and community revitalization in Colorado. The 2018 IN THE GAME event will be held in Boulder, CO April 10-13, and the Governor’s Awards will be presented on the final day, Friday, April 13, 2018.

Continuing an exciting partnership developed in 2016, this year’s awards will also be held in conjunction with the Colorado Chapter of the Congress for New Urbanism (CNU), which will be presenting their bi-annual awards along with DCI’s. Tickets to the April 13th event are available for $85, and registrations for the entire conference are available at For more information on the Governor’s Awards for Downtown Excellence visit


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. For more information, visit
Downtown Colorado, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. DCI employs personnel without regard to race, creed, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, physical or mental handicap, veteran status and marital status.

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