WESTMARC’s annual Best of the West awards competition began in 1993 as a way to recognize outstanding contributions to the image, lifestyle, and economic development of the West Valley - the portion of Maricopa County west of Interstate 17.

Nominations are now being accepted for the Nov. 5 Best of the West awards that will be presented at the annual event, which will be held Nov. 5. Cox Communications is the sponsoring organization.

At the annual event, WESTMARC will announce West Valley award winners in three categories: Economic Engine, Quality of Life Enhancement, and Excellence in Innovation.

Nominations are due by 5 p.m. Aug. 28. Nominations can be emailed to events@westmarc.org or mailed to WESTMARC’s Peoria office at 14100 N. 83rd Ave., Ste. 150. The cost for each nomination is $25 for members and $50 for non-members.

Forms to submit each nomination are available online for download at westmarc.org, and require a minimum of three high-resolution images.

Nominations are sought for individuals and organizations representing interests west of Interstate 17.

Economic Engine

The Economic Engine Award will recognize individuals and organizations which have created a significant economic impact in the region. Nominees will be judged on economic impact in proportion to the size of the nominee or to the population.

Quality of Life Enhancement

Potential nominees for the Quality of Life Enhancement Award will recognize educational, community, arts and recreational programs, facilities or leaders enhancing the quality of life in the West Valley.

Excellence in Innovation

The Excellence in Innovation Award will recognize individuals and organizations demonstrating an innovative concept or fulfilling a need that preserves the region’s assets and resources and create an economic benefit for West Valley residents.