Downtown Partnership honors 6 for contributions


Six individuals, institutions and companies were honored yesterday for their contributions to the city by the Downtown Partnership of Baltimore, the business organization seeking to improve and market the city's downtown.

Laurie Schwartz, the group's founder, was given a Lifetime Achievement Award. Schwartz left the group in June to serve as deputy mayor for economic and neighborhood development.

"We are thrilled to honor the dedicated and innovative minds that are working to make Baltimore a better place to live, work and play," said Michele Whelley, the new president of the partnership. "The Downtown Baltimore Awards are our way of recognizing these individuals and corporations for their ongoing contribution to the city."

The awards, presented out during the group's annual meeting, also went to:

The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore for expanding its city headquarters.

Baltimore International College, the culinary arts and hotel management school, for purchasing and renovating older downtown buildings for an expansion and student housing.

Deutsche Banc Alex. Brown for increasing its annual giving by $3.5 million, sponsoring events including OpSail 2000 and planting flowers downtown.

State Sen. Clarence Mitchell IV for his downtown advocacy, including help get funds for the partnership's facade improvement program.

Williams Jackson Ewing, a retail development and leasing firm, for donating time and resources to design a downtown marketing strategy and for sharing exhibit space at a May trade show.

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