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Officials in York City are putting out a call for nominations for the city’s annual York Awards.

Nominations for the York Unity Award, York Entrepreneur Award, York Leadership Award, York Humanitarian Award, York Public Arts Award and the YorkScape Award will be accepted until March 28, according to a news release.

The six awards will be given out at a reception preceding Mayor Kim Bracey’s sixth State of the City address April 25 at the Valencia Ballroom, at 142 N. George St.

The award ceremony will begin at 6 p.m., and the mayor’s speech will start at 7 p.m. Admission for the reception costs $10, but the mayor’s speech is free and open to the public.

The criteria for each award can be found on the nomination form, which can be found at York City Hall, 101 S. George St., or on the city’s website at www.yorkcity.org.

  • York Unity Award: Given to a person or organization that has “demonstrated extraordinary leadership in fostering peace, understanding and growth between people of different backgrounds, races, nationalities, religions, philosophies or lifestyles in and beyond the City of York.”
  • York Entrepreneur Award: Given to a person or organization that has made “extraordinary and recognizable contributions to economic development” in the city.
  • York Leadership Award: Given to a person or organization that has “demonstrated extraordinary leadership and service in making our York a better place to live, work and play.”
  • York Humanitarian Award: Given to a person or organization that, “through unyielding sacrifice, persistence and love, has done the most to improve the quality of life of our fellow citizens.”
  • YorkScape Award: Given to a person or organization that has “made extraordinary and recognizable contributions to cleaning, beautifying or lighting the streets, avenues, lanes and building facades” in the city.
  • York Public Arts Award: Given to a person or organization that, “through leadership, collaboration or creative production in the last year, made extraordinary, selfless contributions to the arts community of York.”

State of the City: Bracey’s speech on the state of affairs in York City will highlight the city’s accomplishments in 2016 and present the mayor’s goals for “an exciting and prosperous 2017,” according to the release.

In her 2016 speech, Bracey touted some of the economic progress the city had made over the last few years and promised new initiatives to raise the quality of life and improve the city.

Bracey's 2017 State of the City address will come three weeks before she faces off against York City Council President Michael Helfrich for the Democratic nomination for mayor in the May 16 primary.

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