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Chair: David Prusakowski

Meets: 8:30 a.m. on the first Thursday of each month

Downtown Coffee Break

Downtown Coffee Break is a monthly networking opportunity, for business and property owners, at 8:30 AM on the last Friday of each month (except for November and December, due to holidays). In one brief hour, you will hear project updates and community information. You will also have fun, get to experience good food and have great fellowship. Mark your calendar now and remember to bring a friend.

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2017 Coffee Break Calendar

Achievement Awards

The Downtown Development Authority’s success each year is directly related to the enthusiasm and dedication of its many volunteers. The tasks completed by the volunteers that serve on the Board, on Committees, and on special projects and events facilitate the success of this organization. Therefore, individuals that display a passion and commitment towards growth and improvement of the downtown district deserve to be recognized. Additionally, significant achievement and contributions of property and business owners in the downtown district should be acknowledged. Without continued interest in improving the facilities and investing in new and exciting businesses, downtown would lose its vitality as a center of shopping, dining, business and entertainment.

Nomination for all awards is open from September through November of each year. The Outreach Committee will meet the first week of December to select recipients. Committee members review the nomination forms and rank the candidates based on the significance of the accomplishments cited, visible and tangible examples shown, their relevance to the specific award, and attitude toward and cooperation with the district.

Volunteer of the Year: This nomination would recognize an individual who volunteers on a regular basis, shows extraordinary initiative in their volunteer activities and makes a positive difference in the downtown district

Economic Partnership Award: The Economic Partnership nomination would recognize a business owner in the downtown for their faith in and contribution to the economic and cultural growth of the historic downtown area through job creation or investment during the calendar year

Golden Nail Award: The Golden Nail Award would be bestowed upon a downtown business or property owner for exemplary contributions to the physical character of downtown through cosmetic or commercial means such as restoration of a downtown façade or by a new business owner who embraced the spirit of downtown during the calendar year.

Quality of Life Award: This Quality of Life Award would recognize the work of groups of people or organizations within the district whose actions affect the wider community by either physical improvements or enhanced cooperation with others during the calendar year.

William M. Fricks Award: This nomination would recognize longevity in business and service. The award is presented in the name and spirit of retired City Commissioner, William (Bill) Fricks. Mr. Fricks served on the City Commission for twenty five years and was a downtown business and property owner for over forty years.