Annual Meeting & Awards of Excellence Presented by Republic Bank

May 2021

The Annual Meeting & Awards of Excellence Luncheon Presented by Republic Bank 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. Estimated attendance is 300 business leaders and professionals.


2020 Award Winners:

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.

For their completion of the City Center project, which brings new restaurants, retail, hotel rooms, and office space to downtown, we recognize City Center Companies, a joint venture of Greer Companies and The Webb Companies.

Landscape and Streetscape Award: Given to the business and/or property owners for outstanding effort in maintaining a visual pleasantness to downtown.

For their completed restaurant on the corner of Vine Street and South Limestone, which includes an outdoor patio, enhanced greenery, and an ornate entrance, we recognize Jeff Ruby’s Steakhouse – 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.

For their continued dedication to combining campus life to downtown Lexington, including a new mixed-use development on the corner of South Limestone and Winslow Street, which includes retail, parking, and education: The Cornerstone, we recognize Dr. Eli Capilouto and the University of Kentucky.

Perfect Partner Award: Given to a person or organization that contributes greatly to the downtown Lexington mission.

For their continued support of downtown Lexington, including a spring meet opening day celebration the combined world-class thoroughbred racing with the season kickoff of Central Bank Thursday Night Live, a day that was enjoyed by thousands of locals and guests from around the world, we recognize Keeneland.

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.

For his tireless dedication to downtown Lexington, which includes his work on development projects including City Center, and downtown events including the Fourth of July Parade, and Lexington Christmas Parade, we recognize Ralph Coldiron.

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.

For his years of service to the Lexington Police Department, during which he patrolled the Downtown Entertainment District, provided assistance to countless events and programs, and was a friendly face as part of the Bike Unit, we recognize retired Lexington Police Officer Howard Florence.

Interested in promoting your business to more than 400 business leaders and professionals? Sponsorship opportunities are available.

Annual Meeting Sponsorship Packet 2020