Annual Meeting & Awards of Excellence Presented by Republic Bank

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 outstanding businesses and/or individuals that have made a lasting and positive impact on downtown. This year’s event will take place at the Hilton Lexington/Downtown on Monday, April 24 at 11:30 AM.



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Award Descriptions:

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.

Landscape and Streetscape Award: Given to the business 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.

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

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.

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.

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2022 Award Winners:

Urban Innovation Award: For their work on The Met, a transformative mixed-use development at the East End gateway to Downtown, we recognize Community Ventures.

Urban Innovation Award: For your work on LexLive, which created a multi-entertainment destination in the heart of downtown Lexington, we recognize George Krikorian.

Landscape and Streetscape Award: For your investment in The Grove, including the outdoor upgrades to the courtyard on Upper Street and open front entrance on Main Street, we recognize Avena Kiely, Ray Kiely, & Evan Akers.

Leadership Achievement Award: In celebration of your 50-year dedicated service to the arts, which includes public art exhibits and community events, we recognize LexArts.

Rose Lucas Perfect Partner Award: For serving as a valuable connection between DLP and other community leaders, including the University of Kentucky, and Creative Media Group, we recognize Nancy Wiser, and Wiser Strategies.

Outstanding Individual Award: For his many years of service to downtown Lexington, including his tenure as President of Lexington Center Corporation, and many years of service on the board of Downtown Lexington Partnership, we recognize Bill Owen.

Smiley Pete Award: For his showstopping artistic contributions to Downtown Lexington which include brilliant murals at The Grove, Greyline Station, High Knoll Wealth, and many more, we recognize Wylie Caudill.