These awards will be handed out at DSI's 25th Annual Dinner on January 25, 2018. They represent the Best of Downtown for the calendar year 2017.

* 1. Best Facade/Signage – Last year’s winner was Floyd's Thirst Parlor for their cool modern overhang. Nominate a new or improved look that you've admired.

* 2. Public/Private Partnership – In 2017, Springfield Art Association and Ace Sign Co. were recognized for their "Art Bus Bench" program. This award should go to an initiative or event that showed outstanding cooperation between public and private entities for the common good of downtown.

* 3. Best Event – Past recipients include Downhome, SOHO and Paint the Street. What event caught your imagination this year?

* 4. Best Retail Business – The Cardologist celebrated his 28th year in the downtown neighborhood with a move to a new location, and his renewed enthusiasm captured this award in 2017.

* 5. Best Restaurant – Last year we recognized a talented chef with a new restaurant, JoJo's Street Quisine.

* 6. Best Nightlife – Obed and Isaac's Beer Garden won this new category in 2017. What downtown venue is your go-to for evening activities?

* 7. Creative Promotion – Floyd's Thirst Parlor won this last year for their creative politics-themed marketing campaign. The former Prairie Art Alliance won this a few years ago for their creative window display. Promotions can be an ad campaign, social media event or a unique way a business has reached out to potential customers.

* 8. Downtown Advocate – Past recipients include downtown resident Brian Wojcicki, Justin Blandford of Springfield Historic Sites, Jerry Jacobson of Save Old Springfield and Joan Walters. Who has spoken often and well on behalf of the downtown district this year?

* 9. Green Leadership – In 2016, Isringhausen Imports was recognized for replacing its old mercury lightbulbs in the car lot with LEDs. This category recognizes the implementation of a green practice.

* 10. DSI Volunteer of the Year – We recognized Jeff Wilday of Brown, Hay & Stephens in 2017. The person recognized this year should also be a stand-out volunteer for our organization. If there is someone you see everywhere making a great contribution to downtown via DSI in particular, please let us know.

* 11. Wally Henderson Lifetime Achievement Award – Last year, Norm Sims of the Regional Planning Commission received the renamed Wally Award for his work to encourage vision and planning in the downtown district. Please nominate the person you feel should be recognized for a lifetime of dedication to downtown or who has been a longtime denizen with a resume full of service to the district.

* 12. Innovative Business Concept – New business Stop and Roll Sushi was one of the first to pioneer a new type of hours for a downtown restaurant: lunch and late night, and was recognized in 2017. Are there other businesses in the downtown area who are capturing emerging markets or trying big-city trends?

* 13. Best NFP Initiative – This new category in 2017 recognized the Springfield Black Chamber and their efforts to encourage more minority entrepreneurs to get involved downtown, through hosting a Happy Hour Pop-Up in a vacant building. Our downtown churches and not-for-profit organizations deserve to be recognized for their efforts; is there a project or event that stands out for you? (Can be a single event or an ongoing project that has had particular success or recognition)

* 14. Preservation Leadership – As a Main Street community, preservation is one of our pillars. Is there a particular place, project or person that exemplifies the spirit of Main Street preservation?

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