Since 1988, Downtown Lexington Corporation has flourished thanks to the contributions of many. The DLC Annual Meeting & Awards of Excellence, presented by Unified Trust Company, allows us to recognize the accomplishments that have transformed our downtown by making it stronger, more vibrant and prosperous. Each year, this event recognizes six outstanding businesses and/or individuals that have made a lasting and positive impact on downtown.
The categories and winners are as follows:
Urban Innovation Award
Given to a businesses, organization or individual 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: The Living Arts and Science Center for their innovative and transformational expansion which has created new opportunities in education and art for the community.
Landscape and Streetscape Award
Given to a business or organization and/or property owners for outstanding effort in maintaining a visual pleasantness to downtown.
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: 21c Museum Hotel Lexington for their vision to transform a historic building into a downtown luxury hotel and tourist attraction, filled with captivating artwork.
Perfect Partner Award
Given to a business, person or organization that contributes greatly to the downtown Lexington mission.
Winner: The Lexington Police Department for their ongoing efforts to make downtown safe and inviting; specifically with the formation of the Downtown Entertainment District Unit
Smiley Pete Award
Given to a business, organization, 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 one who helps everyone enjoy being downtown.
Winner: Lexington Downtown Development Authority, City of Lexington Division of Parks & Recreation, and Blue Grass Community Foundation for efforts in SplashJAM for revitalizing Northeastern Park by providing a free, clean and safe place to play in water in Lexington's East End.
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: Renee Shepard for her leadership over the past ten years during which DLC has grown, prospered and made a positive impact on downtown Lexington.