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Imagine Jamestown

What is the Imagine Jamestown Initiative?

Imagine Jamestown Ideas Competition is an ongoing initiative of the Strategic Planning & Partnerships Commission. In each competition cycle, there will be different themes based on community and quality of life issues and challenges which need addressing.

The purpose of the competition is to engage, educate and empower the community to participate in a creative idea generating initiative that addresses real quality of life concerns. The Imagine Jamestown Ideas Competition will serve as a platform to begin a dialogue about issues that our city is facing and how collectively and collaboratively, we can develop solutions.


The Competition

Submissions Due
05:00 pm

The Strategic Planning & Partnerships Commission is seeking proposals for the inaugural Imagine Jamestown Ideas Competition. This competition will be an inclusive and fun way to engage the public, educate the community, and empower citizens to champion initiatives and join together for positive change.  The 2020 Imagine Jamestown Ideas Competition theme will be “Designing Sustainable, Livable, Remarkable Neighborhoods in Jamestown, NY” and will focus on addressing current housing challenges that the City is facing. 

The City is comprised of dozens of diverse neighborhoods.  There is a clear distinction between neighborhoods, however, and many struggle with an overabundance of distressed houses and buildings, many of which are rental properties that have been neglected for decades by absentee, unqualified, or financially strapped landlords who won’t or can’t reinvest in their properties.

Addressing abandoned properties and blight in our neighborhoods through targeted demolition has been a top priority in the revitalization efforts that the City has spearheaded. The City has made significant efforts to acquire and demolish run-down homes in blighted areas creating opportunities for new development and/or infill housing to replace the substandard housing these demolitions eliminate.

Additionally, addressing neglected properties through rehabilitation projects in targeted neighborhoods is also a major focus.  Through City administered programs such as HOME and CDBG and the Jamestown Renaissance Corporation’s Renaissance Block Challenge an Paint Jamestown initiatives, steps have been taken toward neighborhood revitalization, however, there remains much more to be done.

The Imagine Jamestown Ideas Competition will challenge entrants to submit proposals that incorporate one or more of the following strategies as a viable solution for rebuilding strong neighborhoods:

  1. Infill housing

  2. Rehabilitation/retrofitting of existing housing stock

  3. Repurposing of vacant parcels

  4. Reuse of building(s) or site(s)

  5. A combination of one or more of the above

The competition will be open to any individual or group who would like to submit a proposal and there will be three levels of competition for a total of five (5) award categories as follows:


  • Level 1- Professional (*one (1) submission will be selected as the winner of the Professional submission level)

  • Level 2- Non-professional Student (*three (3) submissions will be selected as the winners of the Non-professional Student submission level; one (1) from each of the following categories:)

  • College

  • High School (grades 9-12)

  • K – Middle School (grades 5-8)


  • Level 3- Non-professional Other (*one submission will be selected as the winner of the Non-professional Other submission level in the Community Change Leaders category)


  • Community Change Leaders

In addition to the five (5) award categories of Professional, Non-professional student- College, Non-professional student- High School, Non-professional student- Middle School, and Non-professional Other- Community Change Leaders; one (1) overall Grand Prize winner will be selected from the winners in each category.

The purpose of the competition is to engage, educate and empower the community to participate in a creative idea generating initiative that addresses real quality of life concerns. The Imagine Jamestown Ideas Competition will serve as a platform to begin a dialogue about issues that our city is facing and how collectively and collaboratively, we can develop solutions.



Proud to present an expert panel of judges from throughout our community

The Judges Panel will consist of a multidisciplinary range of expertise including but not limited to Construction, Design and Urban Planning, Public Service, Education, Community Leadership & Advocacy, Communications & Marketing, Public Health & Wellness, Healthy Neighborhoods & Communities, Non-Profit Organization, and other relevant professionals from within the community that will select winners across the established categories with one grand prize recipient.  

Judges will select five (5) finalists during a designated judging session prior to the awards celebration with an overall grand prize winner to be selected for an additional award at that time.  Submissions will be dispersed to the judges 1-2 weeks in advance of the judging session to allow for time to review and familiarize themselves with the submissions.

Judges will attend the celebratory event in May 2020, that will promote, display, and connect the various ideas, designs and strategies submitted, and will serve to create the groundwork for community engagement in developing a vision for a more sustainable future for Jamestown.

Entries will be judged as to their…

  1. Fit into the neighborhood, city and regional context

  2. Creativity and innovation

  3. Feasibility and viability

  4. Clarity of drawings, images, models and presentation of submission


Judges will select competition winners based on established criteria and all submissions will be issued an entry number which will be the only distinction between submissions for the purposes of fairness and anonymity.


We are looking forward to announcing our panel of expert judges. More details will soon be available on our website at



Imagine Jamestown and the City of Jamestown Strategic Planning & Partnerships Commission would like to thank our Sponsors for their generous in-kind and fiscal donations.

Important Dates


November 13, 2019 - Registration Opens! Participants may submit their registration forms online or by mail. Registration may be done any time up to the registration deadline of 5:00 P.M. EST Friday, February 1, 2020, but you must register before submitting your entry.

December 11, 2019 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. EST - Kick Off and Mentoring & Visioning Workshop: Anyone interested in learning more about the Imagine Jamestown competition should attend! Here you can speak with Imagine Jamestown team members to get more information on why you should enter the competition, support the celebration, consult with our expert team of mentors, or become a sponsor.

This event will be held at the WRFA-LP Studio at the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts, located at 116 East Third Street.  Please email to RSVP for the Kick-Off event.

February 7, 2020 5:00 p.m. EST - Deadline for Submission of Questions Participants must submit questions via email to by this date.

February 13, 2020 5:30-7:30 p.m. EST - Visioning Event:  Entrants are highly encouraged to attend this interactive brainstorm and mentoring event. Our expert team of mentors will be in attendance to offer constructive suggestions on how to craft more well-rounded, collaborative and feasible submissions.


This event will be held at St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 410 N. Main Street. Please email to RSVP. 

EXTENDED! April 17, 2020 5:00 p.m. EST - Registration Deadline Participants must submit their registration form & required attachments either online at or email to, by this date.


TBD 5:00 p.m. EST- Submission Deadline: Imagine Jamestown must be in receipt of your physical and electronic project submissions. (Location TBD)

TBD 2020: Celebratory Event & Competition Awards Presented: Join us to celebrate creative solutions to improving our community. (Location, date and time TBD)


** Admission of ALL Imagine Jamestown events is free and open to the public.

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200 East Third Street 

Jamestown, NY 14701

Tel: 716-483-7659

Fax: 716-483-7772

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