2017 DLP Annual Meeting and Awards of Excellence

Presented by Unified Trust Company

Monday, December 4, 2017 

Hilton Lexington/Downtown

11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Tickets: $40 for DLC Members & $45 for Non-Members

Tickets may be purchased by emailing Rob Bright at robert@downtownlex.com or call 859-335-8640.

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 The DLP 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 are as follows:  


Urban Innovation Award
Given to a businesses 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: 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 a business or organization 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 Lexington. Named in honor of the longtime canine resident of Main and Limestone, and created as the ultimate in compliments for one who helps 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.