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Heart of Danville taking nominations for annual awards

The Heart of Danville wants to honor the people who are responsible for local revitalization and development efforts that have improved the downtown district.

The Heart is accepting nominations for businesses, organizations and individuals who deserve to be recognized for their role in promoting downtown Danville. The deadline to submit nominations is Friday, May 10.

“We simply could not do what we do without community supporters, innovators, and our volunteers,” said interim Heart director Dustin Duvall.  “We want to celebrate how much more successful we are as an organization and as a community because of them.”

According to the nomination form, each of the four categories represent an initiative that has had a positive impact in the area, whether it’s a visual improvement or a substantial investment.

“We’re optimistic that the community will step up and assist us in recognizing individuals that have led the way in helping to make Danville a great place to live, work, and play,” Duvall said.

To submit an online nomination form, go to https://bit.ly/2PK3OoD

The award categories are:

• Downtown Hero/Heart and Soul Award — Presented to a person, group or business that puts their “heart” into preserving downtown.

• Volunteer of the Year/Big Heart Award — Given to someone or a group who has a “soft spot” for downtown activities and supports The Heart of Danville. “They often give of themselves whenever needed, often putting their own needs aside for downtown.”

• Creativity and Innovation in Business/Heart of Fire Award — Presented to a business that has been creative or “forward thinking” or invested in a new downtown development, which has enhanced the downtown business climate.

• Outstanding Renovation/King or Queen of Hearts Award — Presented to an outstanding historic rehabilitation project in downtown that was completed within the past year. The project should include exterior rehabilitation, but may involve interior and exterior work and be something that improved the appearance of the downtown area.