Thursday, September 24, 2009

Nashville Downtown Partnership honors award winners

Upbeat talk of the future of downtown and local awards for a variety of companies and individuals for making the urban core of Nashville more vibrant were highlights of the Nashville Downtown Partnership's annual luncheon on Wednesday.
Philanthropist Martha Rivers Ingram received the Jeannie R. Hastings Vision Award for her commitment to the arts scene here; and Realtor Shirley Zeitlin was honored with the Volunteer Award for working to make Nashville's downtown area more of an around-the-clock destination.

Other awards presented by the business group included:

• Best place to work: Pinnacle Financial Partners.

• Public-private partnership: Davidson County Sheriff's Office for providing help with cleanup crews.

• Community service: Hard Rock Cafe Nashville for dedicating employees to community service work during a restaurant renovation.

• Celebrating food: Nashville Farmers Market.

• Downtown investment: Hermitage Hotel in honor of its 100th anniversary; the Metropolitan Transit Authority for its Music City Center bus hub; and Metro for the Deaderick Street beautification project.

• Environmental sustainable construction: Terrazzo condos.

• Adaptive reuse: Renovation of Noel Court Lofts, 214 Third Ave. N.


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