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State of the Downtown

January 18 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Exciting Opportunities Await: Nominations Open for Downtown Racine Achievement Awards 2023!

The Downtown Racine Corporation is thrilled to announce the commencement of nominations for the highly anticipated 2023 Achievement Awards. This is your chance to shine a spotlight on the individuals, businesses, or organizations that have played a pivotal role in boosting the energy and vibrancy of downtown Racine over the past year.

Nominations are now being welcomed across various categories:

🌟 Downtown Showcase Award: Celebrating an exhilarating event, person, or organization that has not only attracted visitors and residents but has also significantly contributed to transforming downtown into a lively, dynamic, and happening hub.

🌆 Corporate Citizenship Award: Recognizing an outstanding individual who has been a driving force in the improvement of downtown. This individual has selflessly served the downtown community and tirelessly worked to promote its growth.

🚀 Best New Small Business Award: Highlighting a new retail shop, gallery, or restaurant that has captivated the marketplace’s attention and played a crucial role in enhancing the overall downtown experience.

🏆 Downtown Champion Award: Honoring a business or organization that exemplifies ultimate citizenship, supporting downtown through employment, facilities, and sponsorship, truly becoming the backbone of our community.

🔄 CPR Award: Acknowledging the redevelopment of a downtown building or property that has significantly contributed to enhancing the overall downtown neighborhood, breathing new life into the area.

Kelly Kruse, the Executive Director of the DRC, emphasizes, “A thriving downtown doesn’t happen by accident. It takes vision, partnership, and commitment. These awards are an opportunity for the DRC to honor the people and businesses that have that passion for our downtown.”

Tim Mason, DRC Board Chairman, adds, “Our downtown is the true heart and economic engine for our community. We have been inspired by what our businesses and residents have accomplished during a rebounding year. It is our honor to award those who have inspired us to keep striving for excellence and perseverance.”

Nominate the deserving candidates now by emailing their details and a description of why they merit the award to kkruse@racinedowntown.com. Hurry! Nominations are due by Tuesday, December 12, 2023.

Save the date for the grand announcement of the winners at the Downtown Racine Corporation’s State of the Downtown and Achievement Awards on January 18 at 5:30 pm at The Red Onion (555 Main St.). This free presentation is open to the public, and RSVPs are encouraged by January 3, 2024, to events@racinedowntown.com or 262-634-6002.

Let’s celebrate the spirit of downtown Racine and the extraordinary individuals and businesses that make it thrive!

And the 2022 Achievement Award winners were:

  • Downtown Showcase Award: Racine Harbor Market
  • Corporate Citizenship Award: Austin Schultz
  • Best New Small Business Award: Carriage House Pedal Tours
  • Downtown Champion Award: Marci Bruley
  • CPR Award: Hotel Verdant




January 18
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm


Downtown Racine Corporation


Red Onion Cafe
555 Main Street
Racine, WI 53403 United States
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