Please nominate a person, business, club, or organization that has made significant contributions in the region. Nominee must work, reside, do business and/or provide services in the Colorado River Region. Nominations are due before August 21st. Please read through the category descriptions below to ensure your candidate you are nominating is a right fit.

Citizen of the Year Award:

This is the highest honor and is awarded to an individual who fits into many of the other categories but is deserving of much more. The person selected for this top honor can be anyone who has contributed selflessly to the Colorado River Region, donating time, money, resources, and/or public service work. This exceptional person sets an example for people of all ages and has achieved significant respect both personally and professionally from their peers. This is a wonderful opportunity to recognize someone who continually works to improve the quality of life in our communities.

The Connie Davis Youth Citizen of the Year Award:

Award: This award recognizes young leaders in their senior year of high school who exhibit civic pride through involvement in community projects or clubs/organizations, volunteer work, or extracurricular activities while maintaining a 2.0 GPA or higher. Extracurricular activities may include debate club, drama, and/or participation in the arts. The winning nominee will receive a $1,000 scholarship, and the other three final nominees will each receive a $500 scholarship to be used at the college or vocational school of their choice. *Nominees must graduate from a High School in the Colorado River Region. Scholarships are only payable until the end of 2022.

Young Wonder Award:

This award recognizes a young volunteer, mentor, inventor or entrepreneur, an underclassman, who is focused on the
betterment of the community, dedicated to giving back and is a lobbyist for change. This young person is devoted to community service, donating their time and talents to community events, clubs, social organizations, schools etc. while  maintaining a 2.0 GPA or higher. The top young achiever in this category shows extraordinary passion and commitment to the cause(s) they champion.

Educator of the Year Award:

This award is given to an exceptional educator who is employed in one of our Colorado River Region Schools. This educator has a real passion for mentoring and educating, and instills a spirit of intellectual curiosity, innovation, and competitiveness into their
students.

Lloyd Shires Tourism Award:

This award is reserved for an individual who has positively impacted the tourism industry in the tri-state area, and includes people who are employed with the hotels, motels, resorts and casinos and transportation or travel services industries. Special consideration is given to those who go above and beyond the duties of their employment, giving their time and energy to enhance our number one industry. Recognition of front-line customer service professionals is encouraged.

Public Service Award:

This award is for an individual who is passionate about bettering their community and is compensated for their efforts. It honors law enforcement, firefighters, emergency service workers, city council members, city or county staff members, department heads or paid
elected or appointed positions representing the Colorado River Region.

Humanitarian Award:

This award is for a person(s) who is focused on the betterment of the community. They do not have to belong to an organization, and they do not have to be part of a non-profit group however, this award is also open to a local volunteer dedicated to serving on community or civic boards such as ad hoc committees, town boards, planning and zoning, parks and recs, public safety, and various other government or non-profit boards. This person is dedicated to community service, donating their time, talents, and money to not-for-profit organizations. The top achiever in this category shows extraordinary passion and commitment to the cause(s) they champion.

Entrepreneur Award:

This award honors the person of a business who succeeds through risk and initiative, contributions to the community and
who is willing to take a chance and attempts to make a positive impact on the business world in the Colorado River Region.

Veteran Special Recognition Award:

This award is reserved for a veteran or group of veterans who still experience a call of duty.  This individual or group has a commitment to excellence, teamwork, respect, and integrity.  They steward local veteran’s, their families and identified underserved members of the community by empowering them to build meaningful lives through connections to fulfilling careers, benefits, and services; to proactively strengthen Veteran communities through leadership and collaboration.

Communications Award:

This award is reserved for an individual or a business. It honors those in public relations, broadcasting or journalism that have made significant contributions in their field of endeavor in the Colorado River Region.

Business Expansion and Retention Award:

This award is reserved for one for-profit business, initiating a business strategy or strategies in which growth is obtained by increased investment and/or longevity. Growth is measured by building, program or employment expansion. In addition, this business provides a stable and/ or growing atmosphere for company associates and employees. while setting a higher standard for other businesses to follow.

Small Business of the Year Award (Less than 100 employees):

This award honors one for-profit business providing a much-needed service to the area, making outstanding contributions to the community, and/or setting an example for other businesses to follow.

Large Business of the Year Award (Over 100 employees):

This award honors one for-profit business providing a much-needed service to the area, making outstanding contributions to the community, and/or setting an example for other businesses to follow.

Community and Social Service Organization Award:

This award is for an active non-profit organization or subsidiary that directly provides necessary services for our citizens of the Colorado River Region. Consideration is given to organizations providing valuable resources and enhancing the quality of life for program participants.