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America's Most Livable Communities

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During the past 25 years at different intervals, Partners has honored communities with the title, "America's Most Livable" for their efforts to improve the livability of their communities by addressing such issues as smart growth, using a community's assets for economic and community development, innovative leadership strategies, undertaking programs for youth at risk and regional collaboration, just to name a few.

Partners' thirty years of experience have shaped its reputation as a leading expert in the livable communities movement. In creating this "Most Livable Communities" list, Partners is helping cities to brand themselves as the best, by bestowing our 'seal of approval' on this exclusive roster. These have set a shining example of what cities should strive for throughout the United States and the world.

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Celebration of Vision & Community Spirit Winter 2011

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Partners for Livable Communities will honor eight individuals, organizations and communities for stewardship and innovation in the improvement of communities worldwide. These prestigious awards will be presented by Washington, D.C.-based Partners for Livable Communities at its “Celebration of Vision and Community Spirit” formal dinner and awards program on December 15th, 2011 at The Fairfax Hotel in Washington, D.C.

The “Celebration of Vision and Community Spirit” awards honor both innovative projects in communities and lifetimes of achievement for individuals that have made a true difference in their respective fields of activity. The honorees represent lifetimes of cultivating the arts, historic preservation, regionalism, smart planning practices and neighborhood development that bring life to struggling communities. All of the honorees have sought to build on their assets and improve the communities around them, an effort which Partners believes deserves to be lauded, with individual stories spread far and wide.

Honorees and Awards listed here (COMING SOON!)

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Janet W. Thompson

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Investors in America Award
 

Janet W. Thompson is honored for her expertise in community development, engagement, and reinvestment in nonprofit and financial management. As Interim President and Chief Executive Officer of the Nonprofit Finance Fund, community consultant to Morgan Stanley, and former Corporate Directorof Community Reinvestment at Citibank, her spirit and leadership has propelled public and private community engagement for more than 35 years.

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James O. Gibson

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Founders Award for Civic Leadership 
 

James O. Gibson is honored for his leading advocacy in urban revitalization, community development, and race relations. His demonstrated commitment to social equity for more than three decades on issues ranging from civil rights to economic opportunity has provided critical progress for our country’s social fabric.

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Tersh Boasberg

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Lifetime Achievement Award 
 

Tersh Boasberg is honored for his revolutionary advocacy of historic preservation, land use, and environmental law, and as founder of Preservation Action, a national grassroots lobby. His active leadership in Washington, D.C. zoning battles has provided regional growth through the protection of historical beauty for our future.

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Richard C.D. Fleming

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Entrepreneurial American Leadership Award 


Richard C.D. Fleming is honored for his commitment to building livable and sustainable cities as a civic entrepreneur for more than 30 years while engaged in private sector and civic initiatives to revitalize cities and metropolitan communities in Atlanta, Denver, and, for the past 17 years, St. Louis.

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Jim Rogers

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Bridge Builders Award
 

Jim Rogers  is honored for his commitment to the environment and renewable energy programs in wind, solar, and policy development. As Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, and President of Duke Energy and with 22 years of experience in the electrical utility industry, Rogers is a leading figure of corporate responsibility for sustainable growth.
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Ron Grzywinski

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Investors in America Award

 

Ron Grzywinski is honored for his support of community reinvestment as co-founder of ShoreBank Corporation, a bank holding company that provided capital, credit, and management assistance to minority-owned businesses and families. His passion to require banks to meet the credit needs of their local communities became a catalyst of social change and renewal in America.
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Charles O. Holliday

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Bridge Builders Award

For his devotion to and success in framing sustainable growth as a business imperative throughout his tenure at DuPont

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The City of Chattanooga, Tennessee

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Entrepreneurial Livable Community Award

For the community’s entrepreneurial spirit in its transformation to become a model for sustainable development and prosperity today.

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The Honorable Jerry Abramson

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Entrepreneurial American Leadership Award

For his 21 years of visionary leadership and devotion to the social and economic wellbeing of Louisville, Kentucky.

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Juana Guzman

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Entrepreneurial American Leadership Award

For her extensive career in the preservation and promotion of local arts, culture, and heritage for our diverse American population.

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Peter Stein

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Bridge Builders Award

For his commitment to ensuring livable communities for generations to come through the conservation and sustainable use of forestland

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Christopher B. Leinberger

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William H. Whyte Award

For his contributions to creating more environmentally, socially, and financially sustainable communities through his work as a developer, academic, and author.

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