Partnership to present six awards

Downtown group praises recipients' contributions to city

September 25, 2001|By Meredith Cohn | Meredith Cohn,SUN STAFF

The Downtown Partnership will issue its 2001 Downtown Baltimore Awards today to six individuals, organizations and corporations for their contributions to the city.

The awards will be presented this evening at the Renaissance Harborplace Hotel during the group's annual meeting, which is expected to draw hundreds of the area's business and civic leaders.

"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, president of Downtown Partnership, a business group that works to improve conditions in the city. "The Downtown Baltimore Awards are our way of recognizing these individuals and corporations for their ongoing contributions to the city."

The awards will go to:

CitiFinancial, one of the largest employers in the central business district, which plans to renovate its office at 300 St. Paul Place and nearly double its work force from 530 to 1,000.

Greater Baltimore Committee and the Presidents' Round- table, two civic organizations that gathered 200 management and legal experts to produce recommendations for Mayor Martin O'Malley on ways for city government to become more efficient.

New Foundations, a private school for troubled youth that moved to Franklin Street in 1999 and has been helping in the effort to restore Preston Gardens by providing volunteers to keep the green space clean and attractive.

Michael Gaines, president and chief executive officer of the Maryland Center for Arts and Technology Inc., a nonprofit work force development organization. Gaines orchestrated East Baltimore's selection as a recipient of a $5 million grant from Hewlett-Packard Co. for computers, scholarships and internships for local students.

H. Furlong Baldwin, who retired this year as president and chief executive officer of Mercantile Bankshares Corp.

Henry Rosenberg, who also retired this year as chairman and chief executive officer of Crown Central Petroleum Co.

Baldwin and Rosenberg are being honored for their history of civic involvement.

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