ST. GEORGE — It takes several different pieces coming together to help create something great – the big picture – and it’s no different when it comes to life in Southern Utah. Canyon Media, the parent company for St. George News, wants to give you the opportunity to let your voice be heard and nominate those people, places and things you love most about the area for the “Best of Southern Utah.”
There is just one more day for the first part of the competitions: nominations. On Jan. 28, readers started submitting nominations at BestofSouthernUtah.com for the best places in the community for food, drinks, entertainment and much more. Who makes the best pizza or smoothies? Where’s the best place to go shopping or take in a movie or play? As of Feb. 13, the last day for nominations, over 1,000 local businesses have already been nominated, said Ben Lindquist, general manager of Canyon Media,
“I love Southern Utah; it’s an incredible place to live, work and visit,” Lindquist said. “Our goal with the Best Of Southern Utah is to help people discover the very best places to visit, eat, shop, find a snack or choose a doctor and more. And it’s all voted by the community. We’re thrilled to find and highlight the best of Southern Utah and look forward to seeing who is nominated and ultimately wins.”
There are eight main categories – such as “Eat & Drink,” “Shopping,” and “Professional Services” – with several subcategories branching off from those. Nominations, which are free to submit, will be accepted through Feb. 13., and then voting starts Feb 24. and goes through March 15.
Talk about it with friends and family. Get those dinnertime conversations started. Just try to keep it friendly – compared to the issues raised by the 2018 election, these topics should be a piece of cake. And where is the best bakery, by the way?
Please keep in mind that nominations and voting can only be done through the Best of Southern Utah website.
The results of the survey will be published May 20. Winners will receive a certificate they can display so when community members and tourists visit these establishments, they will know they are going to the best of the best.
Partnered with Canyon Media in powering the Best of Southern Utah program is Nerus Strategies, LLC, an Oregon-based company also attached to the “Best of Las Vegas” and “Best of Branson” programs. These particular programs are done in partnership with area news publications.
It was because of this extensive background in “Best Of” programs throughout the United States – especially their flagship Best of Las Vegas program — that Canyon Media chose to partner with Nerus Strategies, said Shane Brinkerhoff, Canyon’s chief technology officer.
“We felt that model translated really well to the Southern Utah market,” he said, adding that using Nerus Strategies’ Best Of program also adds a high level of credibility and cutting edge experience.
“They have this software down to such a science, it’s unbelievable,” Brinkerhoff said.
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