Joseph E. Blair Jr., chairman of Baltimore Life Cos., received the Stuart M. Macht Award in recognition of a career of community and business leadership Thursday at a ceremony honoring winners of the 2000 Baltimore County Business Awards.
The County Executive's Award for Economic Development went to the Allison Transmission Division of General Motors Corp., which is investing $217 million in a White Marsh manufacturing plant.
Grillo & Company, a Towson gift and specialty shop, won the Revitalization Award for commercial improvements in older communities. The Entrepreneurial Spirit Award for Small Business went to ROC Realty Group for its renewal of a vacant Pikesville building.
Paradise Animal Hospital, which is building a $1.8 million facility in Catonsville, won the At Your Service Award. Aether Systems Inc. of Owings Mills received the Innovation Award for Excellence and was singled out for its educational and research partnership with the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.
The Be Our Guest Tourism and Hospitality category had two winners: Holiday Inn Select-Timonium and the Towsontown Spring Festival. Pelican Bar & Grill, a new restaurant in Millers Island, won the On the Waterfront Award.
U.S. Filter, with regional headquarters in Hunt Valley, received the Made in Baltimore County Award. The Vision Award went to Southern Management for its $28 million renovation of Key Landing apartments in Dundalk and Liberty Place apartments in Randallstown.
The business awards, presented by the county executive, are supported by chambers of commerce and other business associations.