Finalists Announced for Texas Downtown Association Awards




Watermelon Mills in Mount Vernon is one of 45 finalists of the 2017 Texas Downtown Association awards program. Winners are announced November 8.

Photo by Jim Willis

Texas Downtown Association (TDA) announced 45 finalists in their 2017 award program including 15 from the Upper East Side of Texas. 

Finalists were selected on September 14 in Austin.  The awards program recognizes outstanding projects, places, and people of Texas downtowns. TDA was established in 1985 to connect and serve communities that are committed to downtown vitality. The membership organization is an independent, statewide nonprofit that represents cities and towns of all sizes, economic development corporations, chambers of commerce, local organizations, small businesses, and individuals.   

One hundred and fifteen entries were submitted in 12 different categories from communities across the state.  Judges reviewed entries online and then met in person to make their final selection of award finalists and winners.  The panel included:  Kent Collins, Centro Development; P.A. Geddie, County Line Magazine; Lois Rodriguez, Texas Highways; and Evan Thompson, Preservation Texas. 

Winners are announced on November 8 at the President’s Awards Gala held in conjunction with the 2017 Texas Downtown Conference in McKinney. Learn more about the conference and TDA at texasdowntown.org.

Finalists from all over the state are listed below.

Best Commercial Interior
Under 50k population
Brenham – Puppy Dawgs and Cat Tails
Taylor – 2nd Street Farm 2 Market
Taylor – Curb Side Coffee House

Over 50k population
Denton – Discover Denton Downtown Visitor Center
New Braunfels - The Downtown Social
Tyler - Co.Work Tyler

Best Renovation/Rehabilitation
Under 50k population
Brenham – The Barnhill Center at Historic Simon Theatre
Clifton – Market at the Mill
Mount Vernon – Watermelon Mills Coffee
Nacogdoches – The Fredonia Hotel

Over 50k population
Amarillo – Herring Bank
Carrollton – Monkey King Noodle Company
Tyler – ETX Brewing

Best Restoration
Under 50k population
Castroville – Landmark Inn State Historic Site
Denison – St. Patrick’s Catholic Church
Mount Vernon – ML Edwards & Co.

Over 50k population
No finalists were selected.

Best New Construction
Under 50k population
Bastrop – Lost Pines Art Center*
*Sole finalist and winner.

Over 50k population
Denton – The Railyard/East End Apartments*
*Sole finalist and winner.

Best Public Improvement
Under 50k population
Mount Pleasant – The Alley on Third
Pittsburg – Pilgrim Plaza
Seguin – Seguin Public Library

Over 50k population
Midland – Traffic Box Art Contest
Plano – McCall Plaza
Tyler – Innovation Pipeline

Best Marketing Program
Under 50k population
Waxahachie:  A Place in Your Heart*
*Sole finalist and winner.

Over 50k population
San Marcos – City of San Marcos Main Street*
*Sole finalist and winner.

Best Promotional Event
Under 50k population
Corsicana – Corsicana Pop Up
Levelland – Ladies Night Out
Mount Vernon – Harvest on Main

Over 50k population
Longview – Downtown Live
Tyler – Toast to Downtown Tyler
Waco – Magnolia Market at the Silos

Best Downtown Business
Under 50k population
Buda – Tavern on Main
Elgin – Dorothy’s Fine Jewelry

Over 50k population
Georgetown – Mesquite Creek Outfitters
McKinney – Patina Green Home and Market
San Marcos – 218 Co-op Gallery

Best Downtown Partner
Under 50k population
Bastrop – Bastrop Economic Development Corporation
Elgin – Elgin Economic Development Corporation
Pittsburg – Pilgrim Bank

Over 50k population
Plano – Plano Magazine*
*Sole finalist and winner.

Spirit of Downtown Award
McKinney – McKinney DASH
Mount Pleasant – Cinco de Mayo
Paris – 2016 Centennial Celebration
Quitman – Hard Hat Party on the Pad

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