Great Places Program

APA Colorado is proud to continue the Great Places Colorado program in 2022. Modeled after APA's Great Places in America program, the Great Places in Colorado award program is an annual selection of places that represent the gold standard in terms of having a true sense of place, cultural and historical interest, community involvement and a vision for tomorrow.

Nominations may be submitted by individuals, local governments and organizations, and will be reviewed by a panel of experts from across the state. Selected places will be honored and celebrated during the fall Colorado Planning Conference and October's National Community Planning Month.

Through the Great Places in Colorado program, we hope to celebrate the vitality and local partnerships that have made each place a focal point for community life.

Here are some important dates for the 2022 Nomination Window:

  • April 15, 2022:  Nomination Period Opens
  • May 31, 2022:  Nomination Period Closes
  • July:  Review Period Ends and Honorees Notified
  • September 28-30 (Vail, CO): 2022 Colorado Planning Conference - Awards Given

For more information and to begin your nomination preparation, visit the 2022 Nomination page.

View previous Great Places designees for both APA's Great Places in American and APA Colorado's Great Places in Colorado designations.

For questions about our program or the nomination process, please email


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