National Planning Excellence Award for Economic Development & Planning 2016
American Planning Association, Annandale, Virginiaaward-Amer-Planning


The Grand Rapids Downtown Market is the 2016 winner of this prestigious national award for economic development planning, recognizing the Downtown Market's success in helping to revitalize the urban core of Grand Rapids and reconnect the community to West Michigan agriculture.  APA's Economic Planning & Development award honors efforts by communities of all sizes to transform economies and stimulate economic development through sound planning.  The award ceremony took place at the national APA Conference in Phoenix in April, 2016.

Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence 2015 – Silver Medal Winner
Bruner Foundation, Cambridge, Massachusetts

The Grand Rapids Downtown Market was recognized for its unique placemaking success.

Planning Excellence Award for Best Practiceaward-Amer-Planning
New York Upstate APA, Buffalo, NY

The Rochester Public Market Master Plan received the 2012 New York Upstate APA Planning Excellence Award for Best Practice.

Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence 1999 – Silver Medal Winner
Bruner Foundation, Cambridge, Massachusettsaward-bruner

Selected from a field of over 100 applicants, the Portland Public Market received one of five Rudy Bruner Awards for Urban Excellence, America’s most prestigious architecture and urban design award. The Bruner Foundation sponsors this biennial competition focusing on the complex process of urban placemaking. “The finalists represent wonderful, innovative thinking on the part of developers, builders and support organizations,” said award founder Simeon Bruner. “They show very creative use of urban spaces that also make a positive contribution to their surrounding environment, a key point for our award.” All five winners, including projects in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Philadelphia, were featured in Robert Shibley, Commitment to Place: Urban Excellence and Community, Bruner Foundation, 1999.

Community Building By Design Award
U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development
American Institute of Architectsaward-hud

The Portland Public Market was honored as the first-ever recipient of this national award. “The award goes to projects that play an exemplary role in helping to revitalize the communities in which they are located by enhancing the community’s physical fabric,” announced Ronald Scaggs, President of AIA during the awards ceremony in May, 2000 in Philadelphia. Both HUD and AIA felt the need to recognize excellence in design and community planning and this reward honors the hard work and planning that went into the creation of the Portland Public Market.

Exemplary Economic Development Planning Award
Economic Development Division, American Planning Association, Annandale, Virginiaaward-Amer-Planning

The Portland Public Market was chosen for this national award as an excellent example of downtown revitalization and for the quality of the project. Ted Spitzer, President of Market Ventures, Inc. and Director of the Portland Public Market, was cited in particular for his background and recognized for collaborating with the Preble Street Resource Center in developing Stone Soup Foods. This Public Market business, which produces and sells soup and soup stocks, provides job training to clients at Preble Street’s busy social service agency. The Portland Public Market was also noted for its many positive impacts on the city, including its role as a major downtown destination for area residents and tourists alike. The award ceremony took place at the national APA Conference in New York City in April, 2000.

Downtown Achievement Awards for Economic Development, Award of Merit
International Downtown Association, Washington, DCaward-downtown

For more 15 years, the International Downtown Association (IDA) Downtown Achievement Awards Program has celebrated the best that downtown revitalization and management has to offer.  The awards are given annually to recognize exemplary and innovative projects, strategies, and events in downtown revitalization.  IDA described the Portland Public Market as follows:

A newly constructed indoor fresh food market in downtown is a state-of-the-art facility housing 25 permanent vendors and eight day stalls for products grown or produced in Maine.  The architecturally pleasing market hall takes its cue from Maine’s timber country.  Most significant of all is the strong on-site management and networked point-of-sale computer system providing accurate centralized information.  The market is also wired for e-commerce providing an extensive web site and vendor links to the site.  The jury awarded the Merit award to this model public market for its demonstration of how philanthropy, small business, and government can create a forward-looking commercial enterprise.

Honor Award, American Institute of Architects
New England Chapter, American Institute of Architects

Awarded biennially, this award for the Portland Public Market is the highest designation given for excellence in design and architecture by the American Institute of Architects.

Future Landmark Award
Greater Portland Landmarks, 1998

Each year, Greater Portland Landmarks recognizes Portland’s best historic structures and visual landscapes. This year’s awards were reinvented to make the categories more competitive. In winning the first Future Landmark Award, the Portland Public Market was cited as “a new building exhibiting such outstanding design quality and craftsmanship that it may become a community landmark in the future.” In addition, the timber-framed architecture of the Public Market was notably credited with “complementing and greatly improving the downtown neighborhood.”

The Lighthouse Award
Convention and Visitors Bureau of Greater Portland, 1999

The Portland Public Market received the Convention and Visitors Bureau’s annual Lighthouse Award, presented to a business that exemplifies outstanding leadership in promoting Maine as a tourism destination while enhancing the quality of life for Maine people.

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