Downtown Partnership honors six Corporations, individuals recognized for efforts to promote city

Economic development

September 18, 1998|By Kristine Henry | Kristine Henry,SUN STAFF

Six corporations and people were recognized last night at the annual meeting of the Downtown Partnership of Baltimore, a quasi-public economic development group, for their "outstanding efforts on behalf of downtown."

The event, attended by several hundred people, was held at the Hyatt Regency Baltimore. Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke was the host.

"I am very proud of this year's winners and their dynamic efforts to make our city its best," he said. "The city joins Downtown Partnership in saluting their accomplishments."

The awards went to:

Peter G. Angelos, Orioles majority owner, for investing in the Central Business District with the purchase of One Charles Center and for his help in funding additional police officers downtown.

Chevy Chase Bank for giving new life to the Alex. Brown building by signing a long-term lease at the historic site while other companies looked for harbor views.

George J. Collins, retired chief executive officer of T. Rowe Price Associates Inc., for bringing the Whitbread Round the World Race to Baltimore. The event focused attention on the city and increased business at downtown ho- tels and restaurants by more than 50 percent the weekend the fleet hit Baltimore.

Early Morning Software Inc. and wife-and-husband owners Donna Stevenson and Cecil Robinson for purchasing and renovating a building at Holliday and Saratoga streets and for their attempts to attract more information technology companies to downtown.

Southern Management Corp. for its efforts to renovate two long-vacant downtown buildings that will create 300 market-rate apartments, and for doing it without asking for a public subsidy.

Andrew C. Goresh, a departing partnership board member and former chairman of the group's membership committee, was named member of the year for his help on the organization's fund-raising drive and for his energy and commitment.

Pub Date: 9/18/98

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