Guidelines and Nomination Instructions

Great Places in New Jersey celebrates downtowns, public spaces, streets, and neighborhoods of exemplary character, quality, and planning. These places represent the gold standard in terms of having a true sense of place, cultural and historical interest, community involvement, and a vision for tomorrow.

Know of a downtown, public space, street, or neighborhood you think merits designation as a Great Place in New Jersey?


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Program Rules

  • The deadline for submissions is Friday, October 13, 2023.
  • All entrants grant APA New Jersey the right to use all information related to the nomination submitted for marketing and public relations purposes.
  • APA New Jersey reserves the right to limit the number of Great Place designations based on the quality of the nominations received.
  • The Awards Jury is an independent committee appointed by APA New Jersey representing various professional fields. All nominations will receive careful consideration.
  • 2023 Designees will be presented with a plaque, featured on our website (, and highlighted in press releases, digital newsletters, and social media announcements.
  • An awards reception will occur in December.

Required Submission Elements

  • Nominator’s contact information
  • List of partners (those who were instrumental in making the “Great Place” – elected/ appointed officials, professional staff, consulting firms, residents, advocacy groups, etc.).
  • Great Place name, category, location, and brief description.
  • Great Place narrative addressing the category criteria (two pages).
  • Six images that demonstrate the qualities or characteristics that you are trying to highlight.


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