Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Public Invited to Submit Nominations for 2010 DDA Awards

Annual Awards Dinner November 8 at Clayton Steakhouse

Nominations from the public are being sought for the 2010 “Think Downtown” Awards to be presented at the Clayton Downtown Development Association's 2010 Awards Dinner on November 8 at the Clayton Steakhouse. The event begins with a social hour at 5:30 pm and program and dinner at 6:30 pm. The award categories include:

• Outstanding Downtown Business

• Outstanding New Downtown Business

• Outstanding Staff Person within a Downtown Business or Organization.

The DDA’s Organization Committee Chair, Betsy Grannis said, “This is our opportunity to publicly recognize the people and businesses that are making a difference in downtown Clayton.”

All you have to do is complete the Nomination Form then mail it, fax it or email it. Nominations must be received by the DDA no later than Friday, October 29. The nomination forms are available online “2010 Downtown Awards Nomination Form” and they are available at:

• Awards & Engravables, 327 E Main Street

• Clayton Steakhouse, 307 E Main Street

• Fancy That, 120 E Main Street.

• Main Street Jewelers, 236 E Main Street

• Clayton Chamber of Commerce, 301 E Main Street.

• The Clayton Center (reception desk), 111 E Second Street

• Hocutt-Ellington Memorial Library, 100 Church Street

Other recognitions will include two facade awards, DDA Volunteer of the Year and the announcement of Clayton’s 2010 NC Main Street Champion, who will also be recognized at the NC Main Street Annual Awards Dinner in Shelby on January 27. Past recipients are Barry Woodard, Joyce Blackley and the late Margaret Ritchie.

Highlights of the program will include a review of DDA’s accomplishments this past year, recognition of outgoing DDA members and a Silent Auction. A social time with a cash bar will begin at 5:30 pm.

Guest speaker will be Clayton Town Manager Steve Biggs, who will discuss two downtown construction projects: the Town Lot Project at Lombard & Main and the new Clayton Law Enforcement Center project. Teresa Watts, Assistant Director of the NC Main Street Center will briefly discuss the NC Main Street Conference which will be hosted in Clayton in January 2012.

Last year’s event was a “smashing success,” said DDA Chairman, Ed Knight, and he expects the dinner to be sold out again this year, too.

Tickets for the DDA Annual Awards Dinner are available. All DDA board members and committee members will have them for sale and they are also available at these locations:

• Awards & Engravables, 327 E Main Street

• Clayton Steakhouse, 307 E Main Street

• Fancy That, 120 E Main Street.

• Main Street Jewelers, 236 E Main Street

For more information please contact Downtown Development Coordinator Bruce Naegelen at bnaegelen@townofclaytonnc.org or 553-1545.

2009 Award winners were:

Outstanding Downtown Business – Fancy That Gifts
Outstanding New Business – Mulberry on Main Italian Restaurant
Outstanding Individual in a Business – Thad Avent, Avent-Permenter Group
DDA Volunteer of the Year – Lyn Austin
Best Façade Improvement Under $10,000 – 321-327 E Main Street
Best Façade Improvement Over $10,000 – 104 N Fayetteville Street

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