For Immediate Release


Media Contact:
Rob Bright
Membership Coordinator
Downtown Lexington Partnership

DLP Announces 2017 Awards of Excellence Winners
LEXINGTON, KY. OCTOBER 23, 2017 --  The Downtown Lexington Partnership (DLP), formerly the Downtown Lexington Corporation and the Lexington Downtown Development Authority is pleased to announce the winners of the 2017 DLP Awards of Excellence. These awards will be given during the DLP Annual Meeting and Awards of Excellence Presented by Unified Trust Company on Monday, December 4, in the Grand Kentucky Ballroom at the Hilton Lexington/Downtown from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Tickets to the event are available; $40 for members and $45 for non-members, please contact Rob Bright at or 859-335-8640.
The categories and winners are as follows:
Urban Innovation Award: Given to businesses or individuals for a successful and truly trail-blazing activity in a previously underdeveloped area or facet of downtown Lexington.  Included in this category is recognition for new efforts, for continued and expanded work, and for creative and unusual achievement.
Winner: Bluegrass Community and Technical College  for its growth and expansion in a previously underdeveloped area of downtown bringing new life, educational opportunities and for being a catalyst for additional development in the area.

Landscape and Streetscape Award: Given to the business and/or property owners for outstanding effort in maintaining a visual pleasantness to downtown.
Winner: The Downtown Lexington Management District  for their consistent efforts to beautify and create a visually appealing and clean downtown for all that work, play, live and visit downtown Lexington.
Leadership Achievement Award: Given to the business or organization which best exemplifies exceptional contribution to the business, civic, or human vitality of downtown Lexington.
Winner: Polly Ruddick and the Office of Homelessness for their continued efforts to minimize homelessness and panhandling in the Lexington community while helping the homeless find assistance and work opportunities.  
Perfect Partner Award: Given to a person or organization that contributes greatly to the downtown Lexington mission.
Winner: The Lexington Public Library for its ongoing work through Phoenix Forward, a partnership to transform Phoenix Park and Central Library into a family-friendly destination in Downtown Lexington. 
Outstanding Individual Award: Given to an individual who has contributed to the growth, vitality, and overall appeal of downtown Lexington, making it a better place to live, work, and visit.
Winner: Urban Downtown Ambassador David Warren for his exceptional character and clear love for the city of Lexington and its residents.
Smiley Pete Award: Given to the organization, business, or individual that has a great impact on how people feel about downtown.  Named in honor of that longtime canine resident of Main and Lime, and created as the ultimate in compliments for those who help everyone enjoy being downtown.
Winner: Liza Betz and Failte Irish Import Shop for enduring two different street closures and her fantastic attitude and friendliness to all she meets while being a true advocate for downtown Lexington.

Thank you to all the sponsors and partners for making the 2017 DLP Annual Meeting and Awards of Excellence presented by Unified Trust Company a success.

Downtown Lexington Partnership
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