The William M. Fricks Award is given to honor a business or individual for a lifetime of service to the downtown community. The award is given out in the effervescent spirit of longtime Rome commissioner Bill Fricks, who has been a downtown property and business owner for more than four decades. John Schroeder of Schroeder’s New Deli received the Fricks award in 2011.
The Quality of Life Award recognizes a group or individual within the downtown district who has had a significant impact on the community as a result of making physical improvements or simply by working with for the greater benefit of the central business district. Rome’s Historic DeSoto Theatre Foundation picked up the Quality of Life award last year.
The Golden Nail Award is given to a property or business owner for contributions to the physical character of downtown Rome through restoration of a building, or by a new business that made a major contribution to the welfare of downtown Rome. Seven Hills Fellowship and architect Mark Cochran were honored last year for their work on the property at 530 Broad St.
The Economic Partnership Award is presented to a business owner in recognition of their continuing work for the betterment of the community. That could have occurred as a result of job growth or other major investment in the community. Ricky Patterson and the Partridge Restaurant, 330 Broad St., received the Economic Partnership award a year go.
The Volunteer of the Year Award is given to someone who shows individual initiative and continuing dedication on behalf of the downtown community. Paula Blevins, owner of C&S Trophies, who chaired the DDA Outreach Committee for several years, was the recipient of last year’s Volunteer of the Year award.
The 2012 awards will be presented at the Christmas Coffee Break, planned for Dec. 21, at the DeSoto Theatre. Nomination forms are available at the DDA office, 606 Broad St., in the basement of the Carnegie building. The nomination forms must be returned to the DDA by the end of the day on Tuesday.