Asheville Downtown Association accepting nominations for Downtown Heroes

The Asheville Downtown Association (ADA) is seeking nominations for the 2013 Downtown Heroes Awards. Downtown Heroes are individuals or organizations who have significantly impacted downtown Asheville, have been active in its revitalization, and have contributed time and energy to improve the downtown area for businesses, residents and tourists.

A nomination form is available at Nominations may also be submitted to and should include the name of the individual or organization nominated, contact information and a description of their accomplishments as they relate to downtown. Nominations will be accepted until Thursday, January 9, 5pm.

Nominations will be evaluated by a panel of judges including the current ADA board president, the immediate past president and former recipients of the Heroes Award. Previous recipients of the Downtown Heroes Award are Leslie Anderson, Bob Carr, Public Interest Projects, John Lantzius, Rick Ramsey and Karen Tessier.

The selected individuals will be announced at the 2014 State of Downtown Luncheon on Thursday, January 16 from noon-1:30pm in the Banquet Hall of the U.S. Cellular Center.

The annual State of Downtown Luncheon provides updates on the most pressing issues facing downtown as well as programs and initiatives to combat these problems. ADA Board President, Adrian Vassallo; City of Asheville Mayor, Esther Manheimer; and Buncombe County Commission Chairman, David Gantt will make presentations. Tickets for members are $10, non-members are $15. This event will sell out, tickets available here.

About the Asheville Downtown Association (
Founded in 1987 by a group of business owners, residents and city staff, the Asheville Downtown Association remains committed to the preservation and improvement of the central business district through programming, civic support and annual objectives. As the voice of downtown residents, merchants and workers, the ADA advocates for policies and practices that will best help growth and preserve the quality of life in downtown. Annually, the organization produces events including Downtown After 5, the Asheville Holiday Parade, Oktoberfest, the State of Downtown Luncheon and the Pritchard Park Cultural Arts Program. The Asheville Downtown Association Foundation carries out the altruistic goals of the ADA including the Spare Change for Real Change program.


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