Friday, December 6, 2013

Lynch’s Landing Recognizes 
Significant Contributions to Downtown 
in an Annual Awards Ceremony

On Thursday, December 5, Lynch’s Landing announced the winners of the Downtown Annual Awards at a Ceremony at the Academy of Fine Arts.  The following are the awards and recipients:

Innovative Initiatives Award: Recognizes an initiative or partnership by a group of people or organizations to work together to accomplish a cooperative goal that benefits downtown Lynchburg. From retailers to residents, group initiatives are important to the advancement of downtown revitalization.
Lynchburg AreaFood Council, expansion of the availability of fresh local food to low income families at the Lynchburg Community Market.
The White Hart, for Innovative use of crowd-sourced funding to reopen a Downtown favorite spot!

Get!Downtown Award: Recognizes a marketing initiative or promotional event to advance the image of downtown and attract people to downtown Lynchburg.
LeadershipLynchburg’s Canstruction, a building and food raiser event organized by Leadership Lynchburg, a program of the Lynchburg Regional Chamber of Commerce
Tap Out Tuesday at RA Bistro, displaying a commitment to live music and weeknight events in Downtown

Good Works Award: Recognizes a business or program that strengthens our community's existing economic assets while diversifying its economic base. This could be an existing business that has recently expanded, or a new business successfully added to the commercial mix. Other considerations include programs to sharpen the competitiveness and merchandising skills of business owners, converting unused or underused commercial space into economically productive property, or anything that builds a commercial district that responds to the needs of today's consumers.
Pastiche at Main, a new Downtown business that showcases local entrepreneurs and artists in a beautifully renovated Main Street space. 

Shining Star Award: Recognizes a project that gets our downtown into top physical shape while creating a safe, inviting environment for shoppers, workers, and visitors. Projects that improve public and private buildings, storefronts, signs, public spaces, parking areas, street furniture, public art, landscaping, merchandising, and window displays are all eligible. This category also includes recognition of good maintenance practices in the commercial district, enhancing the district's physical appearance through the rehabilitation of historic buildings, appropriate new construction, educating business and property owners about design quality, and long-term planning.
Academy of FineArts and Megan Wells, for the mural at the Academy of Fine Arts.

Good Neighbor Award: Recognizes an organization or business outside of the downtown district that works closely with Lynch's Landing and/or demonstrates commitment to Lynchburg's downtown revitalization efforts.
Craft AutomotiveGroup, for sponsoring the July 5th fireworks in Downtown Lynchburg.

Volunteer of the Year: Recognizes an individual for their commitment to Lynch's Landing and our initiatives. Volunteers can be recognized for their commitment in any aspect of Lynch's Landing's programs.
Benjamin Reagan, a 10 year volunteer with Friday Cheers and other Downtown events.

Margaret Burnette Award: Recognizes an individual for their long-term commitment to Lynchburg's downtown revitalization effort and by contributing to this initiative in a leadership role with significant results.

Hal Craddock, who has played a significant role in the development of many Downtown projects and has spent much of his professional life dedicated to Downtown revitalization, historic preservation, and adaptive reuse.  

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