CELEBRATE DOWNTOWN - Nominate a Downtown Champion!
The Heart of our City Committee needs your help in recognizing and honouring those individuals, organizations, businesses and events that help create a vibrant downtown community.
Please nominate a downtown champion, or champions, in as many recognition categories as you wish! A nominee may be eligible for recognition in multiple award categories, so if you are not sure which is the right category, then feel free to nominate them in more than one.
The Committee reserves the right to assign the nomination to the most applicable category to the benefit of the nominee.
Nominations will remain open until March 10, 2017.
Recognition Awards are presented at the Celebrate Downtown event Wednesday May 10, 2017. 5:30 - 7:30 at Casa.
THE 7 RECOGNITION CATEGORIES ARE AS FOLLOWS:
CHAMPAGNE: This nominee deserves a toast for all they do as an incredible volunteer and champion for a vibrant downtown.
HIP DOWNTOWN TRANSFORMATION: This nominee is leading a transformation of downtown spaces, business, neighbourhoods, activities and/or events that make Lethbridge’s downtown just that much cooler.
RUNNING WITH THE BULLS: This nominee takes on great risks and is not scared to challenge the status quo as they work to create, maintain, support and/or promote an exciting downtown.
TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS: This nominee is committed to taking care of the downtown community, its streetscapes and spaces, to build a beautiful downtown – they are not scared to get their hands dirty to get it done and are often an unsung hero.
BACK IN THE DAY: This nominee significantly contributes to the preservation of downtown history.
FROM THE HEART (new): This nominee is a social change agent who is creating an inclusive downtown. They are involved in making downtown a welcome place for all.
DOWNTOWN EVENT OF THE YEAR: This nominee (event) is committed to creating a lively and inclusive downtown.
NOTE - A vibrant community is defined as vigorous, energetic, vital, exciting, stimulating and lively.
Inclusive is defined as: All people have access to quality community necessities and amenities. All people, regardless of any difference, have the same opportunities to take part in all aspects of community life.
It might be helpful to review the pillars of the Heart of Our City Master Plan when filling out a nomination form. They are listed here for you:
A Beautiful Downtown:
A city designed with splendid civic spaces, great streets and inspiring architecture can lift spirits, generate civic pride, create economic value and resonate with visitors. Striving for a beautiful Downtown requires recognizing streets as significant public open spaces and the primary way in which we experience and formulate our impression of urban places. Streetscapes should provide a coherent and cohesive experience that balances all modes of movement, reinforces retail streets, ensures sun penetration, and strengthens visual and physical connections to important civic destinations. Alongside great streets are tremendous opportunities to enhance the environmental quality and attractiveness of Downtown Lethbridge. Downtown should be expressive of the cultural heritage and community values that are unique to Lethbridge, by creating visually prominent sites and gateways for public art and landmark architecture; reinforcing continuity by filling in “gaps” in the urban fabric; and, creating new public spaces at a variety of scales and for all interests. Buildings, like streets, have civic obligations to contribute to the quality of the public realm, which they frame. New buildings in Downtown need to be appropriately designed and well “mannered” with respect to their fit in context; their relationship to heritage and adjacent properties; and their impact on the pedestrian environment.
A Livable Downtown:
Ensuring a high quality of life for existing and future residents is about creating a Downtown that is walkable, appealing and that provides the necessary services and amenities to support ‘living’ and a sense of community. Within close proximity of the Downtown core, ‘complete’ neighbourhoods should accommodate a diverse population, offer places to gather, and ensure that transit and community facilities such as schools, daycares, parks, recreation centres and libraries are within walking distance. By nurturing livable urban communities, Downtown will accordingly develop as an open, safe, affordable, accessible and welcoming place to live. In turn, living and breathing urban places provide for exciting destinations in their own right. As the building blocks of great cities, well-designed streets and dense urban neighbourhoods can attract a diversity of lifestyles. These elements are essential to sustainability and to nurturing cultural amenities, a vibrant street life, retail vitality, and safe, well-used public spaces.
A Sustainable Downtown:
The Lethbridge Region is widely known for its innovative and sustainable practices in agriculture. In keeping with this, a core principal for Downtown revitalization is that the Heart of Our City Master Plan be socially, economically, and environmentally sustainable. To achieve this goal means that Downtown needs to be diverse, compact, walkable, economically active, and environmentally sound. To do so, is to make efficient use of infrastructure, energy, and other resources - enhancing citywide sustainable objectives. An economically active Downtown depends on both destination and everyday traffic to support businesses, a broad range of civic, cultural and recreational activities, and high-quality employment opportunities. This ensures activity at all hours and through all seasons, increasing public safety and efficient use of the existing and planned transportation network. An environmentally sound Downtown means taking a life cycle approach to new development, whereby the environmental impacts of construction and land utilization are accounted for and mitigated to the greatest extent possible, achieving smart growth principles where possible. All development approached should draw from Lethbridge’s unique natural and climatic context.
An Exciting Downtown:
Being a great city is as much about culture, arts, nightlife, and a diverse social demographic, as it is about nice neighbourhoods and a healthy economy. Not only must the Downtown accommodate these aspects, it must provide the infrastructure to cultivate them. These characteristics can enhance the city’s distinction; assist in retaining a young, creative and talented workforce; and are the basis of tourism and economic development. The Heart of Our City Master Plan should reinforce the vitality of Downtown by continuing to direct a strong concentration of civic and cultural attractions to the city core; by improving the quality of the civic infrastructure; and most importantly, through a targeted strategy of residential intensification. The best and most enduring urban destinations are living and breathing communities that are dense with activity and people at all hours and seasons – a community that theme parks, museums, stadiums and casinos alone cannot build.
An Accessible Downtown:
Many studies of Downtown revitalization emphasize the importance of diversity to the livability of communities. A socially diverse community is one that can offer accommodation and support to a wide range of people. A key goal of the Heart of Our City Master Plan is to promote a truly mixed Downtown residential community that houses people of different ages, backgrounds, lifestyles, and economic status. A broad range of housing types and tenures, including affordable rental and ownership housing, will also be encouraged to promote low levels of socioeconomic inequality and a better living environment for all. Equally, Downtown should be a destination for everyone: open, accessible, convenient and a place to spend the whole day or evening. Downtown should welcome visitors to not only shop but also to walk, eat, linger, and explore everything the core has to offer. Fundamental to enhancing accessibility is ensuring strong physical and visual connectivity through the Downtown and to the surrounding neighbourhoods. Enhancing the quality of existing road and trail connections and creating new ones will be critical to encouraging greater use of Downtown and through a variety of choices for movement - walking, biking, transit as well as driving.
A Vibrant Downtown:
Lethbridge can potentially experience much of its future employment growth in the information, technology, communications and other “creative” sectors. These new jobs symbolize a new class of workers – in design, arts and culture, and new media. A key characteristic of this new workforce is that its employment base is generated largely by small, innovative firms that locate as much for lifestyle considerations as economic factors. Downtown Lethbridge has an opportunity to connect with this new workforce by creating a dynamic urban environment, supportive of arts, culture, and diversity. As Downtown is an important lifestyle factor for these workers, nearby residential opportunities are a key part of a business attraction strategy, as is the ability to offer a wide range of complementary businesses and other services nearby. Urban characteristics such as low social barriers to entry (immigration and lifestyle tolerance), provision of a creative environment for artists, and industry-university linkages all contribute strongly as attractors of innovation and economic growth. By creating a high-quality urban environment that encourages pedestrian activity, development and intensification opportunities, and accessibility to a diverse community, Downtown Lethbridge will make its most important investment for an economically sustainable future.
Nominate a recipient in one of these 7 recognition categories:
Back in the Day Award
Hip Downtown Transformation Award
Running with the Bulls Award
Taking Care of Business
From the Heart
Downtown Event of the Year
Name of individual, organization, business or event being nominated
Please provide a phone number where they can be contacted
Please provide an email where they can be contacted
In selecting this year's recipient, the Heart of our City Committee will consider the degree to which the nominee's contributions have positively impacted Lethbridge's downtown community, as well as the lasting effect the nominees accomplishments may have on building a vibrant downtown.
List the contributions this nominee has made in relation to the recognition category selected. (Maximum 300 words, but less is definitely more!)
Describe the impact and/or lasting effect that the nominee's contribution has had on creating a vibrant downtown community in this recognition category. (Maximum 300 words, but less is definitely more!)
Nominated by: Organization/Individual
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