WESTMARC seeks ‘Best of the West’ nominations

WESTMARC is seeking nominations for its 20th anniversary Best of the West Awards ceremony scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 1, at the Renaissance Glendale Hotel.

At the anniversary event, WESTMARC will announce three West Valley award winners: Economic Engine Award, Quality of Life Enhancement Award and the Excellence in Innovation Award. Nominations are due Wednesday, Sept.12, by 5 p.m. Nominations can be emailed to events@westmarc.org or mailed to WESTMARC’s Peoria office at 14100 N 83rd Avenue, Suite 150. The cost for each nomination is $25 for members and $50 for non-members. Nomination forms are available www.westmarc.org and require one to three high resolution images.

“The Best of the West Awards will recognize outstanding contributions to the image, lifestyle and economy in the West Valley,” said Michelle Rider, president and CEO of WESTMARC. “With all the significant activity in the West Valley this past year, the challenging part will be narrowing our awards to only three winners.”

Nominations are sought from those individuals and organizations west of Interstate 17. The Economic Engine Award will recognize individuals and organizations which have created a significant economic impact in the region. Nominees will be judged on economic impact in proportion to the size of the nominee or to the population.

Potential nominees for the Quality of Life Enhancement Award will recognize educational, community, arts and recreational programs, facilities or leaders enhancing the quality of life in the West Valley.

The Excellence in Innovation Award will recognize individuals and organizations demonstrating an innovative concept or fulfilling a need that preserves the region’s assets and resources and create an economic benefit for West Valley residents.

A special 20th anniversary award will be presented at the ceremony to the Luke Forward community engagement campaign which was pivotal to the recent effort to secure the new F-35 training center at Luke Air Force Base. WESTMARC will also present the John F. Long Lifetime Achievement Award and the WESTMARC Leadership Award.

“A special thank you to our Presenting Partner, Cox Communications, and all of our sponsors for their continued generous support,” added Rider. Sponsorship opportunities are still available.