Downtown Huntsville, Inc. Prepares Awards for 2013 Projects, Events

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - Huntsville's downtown is on the move, and next week we'll get the chance to see what really shined in 2013.

Downtown Huntsville, Inc. will host its annual meeting and awards presentation on Friday, January 10 from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at the Propst Arena Atrium.  Tickets are $40 and include a full breakfast.  You can purchased them at

Awards will be given for Downtown Event of the Year, Downtown Advocate of the Year, and Downtown Development of the Year.

Nominees for Downtown Event of the Year are Greene Street Market, Panoply, Rocket City Brewfest, Sidewalk Arts Stroll and the Tinsel Trail.

Nominees for Downtown Development of the Year are the Belk Hudson Lofts,'s new office on the Courthouse Square, Lowe Mill's Pop-Up Shop at the former Crossroads Music Hall, and the city's ongoing beautification efforts on Washington Street.

The Downtown Advocate of the Year was selected without a list of nominees.

The purpose of the event is to celebrate 2013, as the city looks ahead to great things this year.

Chad Emerson, CEO of Downtown Huntsville, Inc. joined us Thursday, January 2 on WHNT News 19 at Noon to talk about where the downtown revitalization effort stands.

"It's going great. One of the things - we've been on the ground for about four or five months now, and what we've found is it's hard to find a dynamic, growing city that also doesn't have a dynamic, growing downtown," said Emerson. "You look at our peer cities - the Chattanoogas, the Greenvilles, and see their successes, and alot of it has to do with their downtowns. So we're going to replicate that, and we think we're going to exceed it in alot of respects."

Look for more in-depth interviews with Chad Emerson in the near future on We look forward to beginning a new initiative to highlight downtown Huntsville happenings.

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