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Posted on: September 3, 2020

Finalists Announced for the 2020 Texas Downtown Association President’s Awards Program

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Finalists for the 2020 President’s Awards Program were recently announced in Austin.  For over 30 years the awards program, sponsored by the Texas Downtown Association (TDA), has recognized outstanding projects, places, and people of Texas downtowns.

This year, Longview has three award finalists. Alton Plaza/The Petroleum Building is a finalist in the category of Best Renovation/Rehabilitation/Restoration. Verabank is a finalist in the category of Best Downtown Partner. Silver Grizzly Espresso is a finalist in the category of Best Downtown Business. 

TDA was established in 1985 to connect and serve communities that are committed to downtown vitality.  The organization is an independent, statewide nonprofit that represents cities and towns of all sizes, economic development corporations, chambers of commerce, local associations, small businesses, and individuals. 

“Locally, we know that these award finalists are great but to be able to receive this sort of recognition on a state level is truly an honor,” said Melida Heien, Main Street Coordinator. “Texas is full of many fantastic downtowns filled with people doing fantastic things – it is very exciting to be recognized for being the best of the best in the state.”  

One hundred and four entries were submitted in eleven different categories from communities across the state. Due to the number of entries, the entries were divided up into two categories – Design and Achievement – with separate judging panels for each group.  

The judges for design entries were: Bill Hidell, Hidell and Associates Architects; David Newman, MESA Design Group; Marie Oehlerking-Read, Komatsu Architecture; Lynn Osgood, Civic Arts; and Chase Sparks, Freese & Nichols, Inc.

The judges for achievement entries were: A. J Fawyer, Verdunity; P.A. Geddie, County Line Magazine; Lynda Humble; and Julie Kunkle, Open Sky Media, Inc.

Winners will be announced virtually, on the TDA Facebook page, in a series of Award Announcement Videos as follows:

  • Design Awards: Tuesday, Oct. 27 at noon
  • Achievement Awards: Wednesday, Oct. 28 at noon
  • People Specialty (Individual Awards): Thursday, Oct. 29 at noon

The award announcements will lead to the kick-off of the virtual 2020 Texas Downtown Conference from November 9-12. For more information about the President’s Awards, Conference, or other programs of the Texas Downtown Association, please visit  Applications for the 2021 awards program will open in the spring.

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