Gov. William Donald Schaefer presented the first Town of Aberdeen economic development awards Friday.
The breakfast at the New Deal Diner recognized four Aberdeen businesses for their contribution to economic revitalization.
* The 15 South Parke Professional Building for keeping alive a commercial site in the middle of Aberdeen's business section. Opened as an Acme grocery in 1952, the building was converted to a photographic processing plant and later to a cosmetology school.
Its tenants now offer legal, financial, engineering and dental services.
* The Bargaineer copy center at 214 W. Bel Air Ave.,an addition that quadrupled the building's floor space and preservedtwo moderately priced apartments.
*North Parke Street, where Heidi Zuckelkowski renovated a building and opened Odyssey, the Salon andRembrandt Studio photography, and developer DeWayne Curry's renovations have given offices to his Century 21 real estate agency as well as Somerset Grooming, Valet Cleaners, Cornerstone Family Worship Center and Gold Discounters.