These awards will be handed out at DSI's 26th Annual Dinner on January 23, 2019. They represent the Best of Downtown for the calendar year 2018.

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* 1. Best Facade/Signage – Last year’s winner was Tacology 101 for their los Muertos meets college look. Nominate a new or improved look that you've admired.

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* 2. Public/Private Partnership – In 2018, Urban Sassafras, Illinois Realtors, and City of Springfield won for their collaboration for the parklet that sits outside of Urban Sassafras., creating an outdoor crafting area.  This award should go to an initiative or event that showed outstanding cooperation between public and private entities for the common good of downtown.

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

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* 4. Best Retail Business – Springfield Vintage captured this award last year with their dedication to making their patrons' lives more colorful with vintage items and their activism to help draw more shoppers to the downtown area.

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* 5. Best Restaurant – Last year we recognized a modern mom and pop kitchen, Long Nine Junction.

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* 6. Best Nightlife – The oldest theatre in town, Legacy Theatre, won this in 2018. What downtown venue is your go-to for evening activities?

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* 7. Creative Promotion – Willow & Birch's "Count Down to Downtown" creative marketing snagged them this award.   Promotions can be an ad campaign, social media event or a unique way a business has reached out to potential customers.

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* 8. Downtown Advocate – Past recipients include Erin Svendsen of Springfield Arts Association, 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?

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* 9. Green Leadership – In 2018, Chris Nickell and Stan Komperda were recognized for their solar installation.  This category recognizes the implementation of a green practice.

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* 10. DSI Volunteer of the Year – We recognized Dana Saal in 2018. 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.

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* 11. Wally Henderson Lifetime Achievement Award – Last year, Albert Eck was posthumously awarded this “Wally Award” in memory of his passion for promoting downtown Springfield. 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.

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* 12. Innovative Business Concept – In 2018, Hair of the Dog Bar/Bershop had a creative twist on a timeless tradition.  Full-service barbering & downtown Springfield's newest package beer store. Are there other businesses in the downtown area who are capturing emerging markets or trying big-city trends?

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* 13. Best NFP Initiative – Last year, this newish category recognized District 186’s POP-up Book Shop held in October 2017.  The shop helped raise funds for their 35 libraries.  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)

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* 14. Best Renovation –  Loukinen's on 4th was recognized for their efforts in renovating a long-vacant building just across from the Executive Mansion.  Is there a renovation project that stands out for you?  

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