Storefront Challenge 2014!

The City of Philadelphia Commerce Department and the Community Design Collaborative seek nominations to identify the most distinctive, recently improved storefronts in Philadelphia. Nominations should be submitted online using this form.

Entries will be evaluated by a jury consisting of economic development and design professionals, and the winning projects will be recognized at a ceremony on October 14. The event will highlight businesses that have demonstrated care and uniqueness in how they represent themselves to their customers and the public through their storefronts.

This is an opportunity to demonstrate that good design is good business. This event could mean great exposure for your business, your design or construction firm, or your favorite neighborhood spot!

Eligible projects must have been completed between October 2012 and September 2014. There is no cost to enter.

Deadline to submit nominations is Monday September 15, 2014 at 5:00 PM

Questions? Email [email protected].

Click here for the nomination form.

The City of Philadelphia Commerce Department

The Philadelphia Department of Commerce sets and leads policies to help businesses, from small shops to large corporations, in Philadelphia thrive. The Department coordinates activities along neighborhood commercial corridors, programs serving small businesses and entrepreneurs, major real estate development projects, large-scale business attraction and retention efforts, as well as efforts to increase contracting opportunities for minority and women-owned businesses. The Department is the umbrella organization for all economic development activity in the city and coordinates the work of related agencies, including the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation (PIDC) and the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority (PRA). 

Click here to learn more.

more about Community Design Collaborative

The Community Design Collaborative is a community design center that provides pro bono preliminary design services to nonprofit organizations in greater Philadelphia, offers unique volunteer opportunities for design professionals, and raises awareness about the importance of design in community revitalization.

Early design assistance is critical to nonprofits and the communities they serve. Preliminary design services help nonprofits see new opportunities, make the most of scarce resources, engage stakeholders, get projects funded and built, and strengthen neighborhoods. However, the cost of preliminary design services is often out of reach.

The Community Design Collaborative gives nonprofits access to pro bono preliminary design services by matching them with volunteer architects, landscape architects, interior designers, urban planners, preservationists, engineers, and cost estimators. Since our start in 1991, Philadelphia's design professionals have invested more than 100,000 hours of their time and expertise in over 600 projects.

Click here to visit CoDC on the web.

photo by Jackie Starker | Center for Art in Wood Mural, DesignPhiladelphia Festival 2012

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