The Our Great Region Awards recognize outstanding projects in the region that are advancing the goals and strategies identified in the Our Great Region 2040 plan.
Completed in 2014 by 24 partner organizations, the Our Great Region 2040 plan is a high-level plan providing tools and strategies that could be used to make the 13-county region an even better place to live, work, and prosper by the year 2040. The plan examines six major topic areas (transportation, environment, economic development, resiliency, housing and healthy communities) and presents Big Ideas and strategies in each that the region can work together toward.
The Our Great Region Awards will recognize outstanding projects in the region that are advancing the goals and strategies identified in the Our Great Region 2040 plan (also referred to as ‘the plan’).
Awards may be given in the following categories:
- The Connection Award - Honors a project that advances two or more of the plan’s strategies through innovative partnerships.
- The Diligence Award - Honors an implemented project that executed a creative and tenacious project approach to overcome challenges to implementation.
- The Reach Award - Honors a project that demonstrates exemplary public participation.
- The Opportunity Award - Honors a project that helps to overcome disparities in access to opportunity.
- The Excellence Award - The highest honor bestowed in the Our Great Region Awards, recognizing projects that are best advancing the vision of the Our Great Region 2040 plan in urban, rural, suburban, and coastal areas of our region. Multiple awards representing the different geographies may be awarded.
Plans, Programs, Projects or Policies that have furthered or implemented a strategy of the Our Great Region 2040 plan within the 13-county region in the past 3 years are eligible for submission (from January 1, 2014 to present). Plans, Programs, Projects or Policies shall be referred to simply as ‘projects’ in the remainder of the application package but eligibility is not limited to projects