Game Changer Awards

Best of the ‘Couve Award Winners

Vancouver’s Downtown Association bestowed its “Game Changer” awards to several downtown Vancouver businesses at it’s “Toast and Jam” awards breakfast last week, and we thought you’d like to hear who the winners are so that you can visit those locations and offer your congratulations! As Vancouver’s Downtown Association President Linda Reid noted, the awards breakfast “is a celebration of the people and projects that are making great things happen in our rapidly-growing city center.” Who are some of the lucky winners, chosen by a public vote? Read on…

Additional awards were given to downtown developers, architects, business owners and volunteers. A complete list of all the award winners will soon be available at www.vdausa.org. Vancouver’s Downtown Association is a 501©3 that focuses all of its volunteer efforts on the appearance and connectivity of Vancouver’s downtown core. It works with property owners, event planners, businesses, downtown residents, and others to elevate downtown to the position of “top of mind.”

Above photo: a peek inside the gorgeous Bleu Door Bakery, taken shortly after it expanded and re-opened. Photo courtesy of the Vancouver Business Journal.

Game Changers in the ‘Couve

Vancouver’s Downtown Association recently held its annual Game Changer Awards Breakfast at the Hilton Vancouver to recognize the people and businesses that are “making good things happen,” to echo the VDA’s slogan. Executive Director Lee Rafferty thanked the 2014 donors who had helped VDA reach its fundraising goal through the Main Street Tax Credit Incentive Program, and noted that downtown Vancouver is the highest performing downtown in the entire state of Washington when it comes to accessing this vital funding tool. (Bigger than Seattle, Bellingham, Spokane, Tacoma, Everett, and Olympia? Yup.) VDA has, in fact, brought over 1.3 million dollars to projects in the city center since 2007. (You can learn more about this fabulous nonprofit organization at www.vdausa.org.) Here are 2014’s biggest contributors:

But that’s not all. There are many, many individuals and businesses who work together to make Vancouver’s city center beautiful, enjoyable, accessible, and simply a fun place to hang out. The public voted for its favorite business last fall, and the VDA announced the winners:

  • Outstanding Volunteer: Steve Bader of Bader Beer and Wine Supply
  • Outstanding Corporate Partner: Great Western Malting, which gave the largest single contribution to VDA in its nearly 25-year history
  • Peoples’ Choice Award for favorite event: Recycled Arts Festival
  • Golden Broom Award for outstanding storefront: Tommy O’s
  • Downtown Visionary Award: City of Vancouver’s Events Manager Stacey Donovan
  • Cash Register Ringer Event Award for the event with the greatest economic impact: Vancouver Farmers Market
  • Outstanding Façade Improvement: Hurley Development, for the former Sparks Furniture Building
  • Favorite New Business: The Grocery Cocktail and Social

Vancouver’s Downtown Association Annual Awards Breakfast

Vancouver’s Downtown Association is making good things happen in downtown, helping to create a more beautiful, vibrant downtown area through projects like tree planting, public art projects, façade improvement, hanging flower baskets in the summer and tree lighting in the winter. And that’s just what you can see; but VDA is also busy behind the scenes, helping its members create a strong downtown identity, a thriving retail sector, and a world-class Arts District. But wait, there’s more—the VDA also organizes and assists with popular events like the First Friday Artwalk, the Wine & Jazz Festival, the Recycled Arts Festival, Art in the Heart, and the winter and summer Brewfests. We’re only skimming the surface here, but the point is, the VDA rocks.

From 7:45 to 9 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 12, join the VDA, its members and supporters at the Hilton Vancouver as they celebrate all they’ve accomplished in 2014 and reveal some of their plans for 2015 during the VDA’s Annual Awards Breakfast. Tickets are $25 each and include a delicious buffet breakfast with a special musical guest. The VDA will also honor the volunteers who keep the downtown ‘Couve humming, as well as presenting its Game Changer Awards to the people, businesses, and events that have made a positive difference in downtown Vancouver.

For more information, visit www.vdausa.org.

VDA Awards Breakfast

Vancouver’s Downtown Association is making good things happen in downtown, helping to create a more beautiful, vibrant downtown area through projects like tree planting, public art projects, façade improvement, hanging flower baskets in the summer and tree lighting in the winter. And that’s just what you can see; but VDA is also busy behind the scenes, helping its members create a strong downtown identity, a thriving retail sector, and a world-class Arts District. But wait, there’s more—the VDA also organizes and assists with popular events like the First Friday Artwalk, the Wine & Jazz Festival, the Recycled Arts Festival, Art in the Heart, and the winter and summer Brewfests. We’re only skimming the surface here, but the point is, the VDA rocks.

From 7:45 a.m. to 9 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 12, join the VDA, its members and supporters at the Hilton Vancouver as they celebrate all they’ve accomplished in 2014 and reveal some of their plans for 2015 during the VDA’s Annual Awards Breakfast. Tickets are $25 each and include a delicious buffet breakfast with a special musical guest. The VDA will also honor the volunteers who keep the downtown ‘Couve humming, as well as presenting its Game Changer Awards to the people, businesses, and events that have made a positive difference in downtown Vancouver.

For more information, visit www.vdausa.org.