CASA GRANDE — The fifth annual Greatest of the Grande readers’-choice competition gets underway Aug. 2.

In the recognition program, readers nominate their favorite businesses, nonprofit organizations, schools and other entities throughout the Casa Grande community.

The competition grows each year. Last year, more than 12,000 nominations were received and more than 70,000 votes cast, said Zoe Cooper, creative advertising manager for Casa Grande Valley Newspapers Inc.

“This is a great promotion for business owners because it recognizes their dedication to the community and customers,” Cooper said. “Winners display their winning trophies and plaques in their offices and lobbies and take great pride in their acknowledgement.”

Those who wish to recognize their favorite business or organization in more than 130 categories may make a nomination online at greatestofthegrande.com.

The nomination period is from Aug. 2 to 23. Banners and posters will be displayed around Casa Grande promoting the contest.

Following the nomination period, the top three in each category will continue on the final round of voting, which happens from Sept. 13 to Oct. 3.

Winners will be announced during a special event in November.

“People can go online once per day and nominate their favorite categories,” Cooper said.

Businesses interested in promotional opportunities and ballot upgrades may contact Cooper at zcooper@pinalcentral.com.


Melissa St. Aude is the Arts & Entertainment editor at PinalCentral. She can be reached at mstaude@pinalcentral.com.