John K. Warner to Design the 2010 Michigan Downtown Conference Awards

Jun 15, 2010, 10:35 ET from Michigan Downtown Conference

LANSING, Mich., June 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Michigan Downtown Conference Planning Committee announced today the Michigan-based artist chosen to design the 2010 Michigan Downtown Conference awards is John K. Warner from Walker, Michigan. The purpose of the awards is to recognize excellence in downtown revitalization over the past year and to celebrate the successful projects and people making Michigan's downtowns vibrant and attractive places to live, work and play. The conference will take place in downtown Bay City, at the Doubletree Hotel, on September 13-14, 2010.

This year, the conference theme is "Michigan's Downtowns; Yes, We're Open!" In keeping with the theme, the conference awards committee sought proposals of hand-crafted, Michigan-made awards from artists across the state to present to winners at the awards ceremony.

"This is the second year the planning committee has put out a call for Michigan artists to create the awards," said Kelly Larson, awards chair of the Michigan Downtown Conference Planning Committee. "The committee was thrilled at the number of responses we received from incredibly talented artists across the state. In the end, Mr. Warner's design was chosen due to his creative play off of the conference theme and the quality exhibited in all of his work."

Warner's design features a fun, whimsical and slightly stylized open door representing the "Yes, We're Open!" theme. The award will have a triangular base crafted from high-quality mahogany with a smooth satin finish and an engraved nameplate. The door will be laser-cut from hand-formed and polished 1/8" stainless steel.

The Michigan Downtown Conference Partners include the Michigan Downtown Association (MDA), the Michigan Municipal League (MML), Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA), the Community Economic Development Association of Michigan (CEDAM), the Michigan Historic Preservation Network and Main Street Oakland County.

The Michigan Downtown Conference is an annual conference to help community leaders create successful strategies and case studies to revitalize their downtowns.

SOURCE Michigan Downtown Conference