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.
The city of Navasota is a finalist in the Best Promotion-Digital Campaign category for Shop Local Navasota. The Shop Local Navasota campaign was developed to promote local businesses and provide much needed COVID-19 updates. The site consists of a website containing information on businesses for community members interested in shopping and supporting local, an Instagram page, and the Navasota Economic Development Corporation’s (EDC) Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant.
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.
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 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): Oct. 29 at noon.
The award announcements will lead to the kick-off of the virtual 2020 Texas Downtown Conference from Nov. 9-12.
• Achievement Awards: Wednesday, Oct. 28 at noon. For more information about the President’s Awards, Conference, or other programs of the Texas Downtown Association, please visit www.texasdowntown.org. Applications for the 2021 awards program will open in the spring.