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The Center City Vision Awards recognize and celebrate the contributions of individuals, businesses and organizations that have made the Center City a more vibrant urban core. The Special Achievement Award winners have had a major impact on Center City’s ongoing transformation, and Settlers Awards honor the pioneering and entrepreneurial spirit of Center City businesses, institutions or retailers who have been key contributors to Center City’s quality of life.

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2016 Vision Award: Michael Marsicano

The 2016 Vision Award is being presented to Dr. Michael Marsicano, President and CEO of Foundation For The Carolinas ton honor his 27-year legacy of civic, cultural and philanthropic leadership.

Dr. Marsicano’s mastery of civic leadership is manifested in his willingness to tap into a diverse and broad network for the common good to benefit initiatives such as Project LIFT, A Way Home and the Charlotte Mecklenburg Opportunity Task Force. Dr. Marsicano has helped shape the cultural institutions of Charlotte; his fingerprint is on every major cultural institution in Center City. He is a leader in the business of philanthropy, guiding Foundation For The Carolinas by managing assets that have grown from $270 million to $1.8 billion, and now holding approximately 2,500 charitable funds.

Dr. Marsicano continues to be a principal leader in revitalizing the North Tryon area of Uptown through his involvement in the North Tryon Vision Plan, the establishment of the Foundation For The Carolinas headquarters as a convening and civic leadership center and art gallery, and in the restoration of the Carolina Theatre and hotel addition.

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Special Achievement Award: 1616 Center

For raising the bar on architectural design in a mixed-use development strengthening South End as an employment center, providing street level activation, and creating a more balanced urban neighborhood.

Recipients: Mike Harrell, Beacon Partners; David Furman, Centro CityWorks; Steve Barton and Ryan Trimble, Axiom Architecture; Eric Laster, Edifice

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Special Achievement Award: First Ward Park

For creating a highly designed, peaceful and dynamic urban park in Uptown’s First Ward that enhances the quality of life for Charlotte’s citizens while catalyzing the development of the North Tryon area.

Recipients: Mecklenburg County (x2); Mecklenburg County Park & Recreation; ColeJenest & Stone (x2); Levine Properties; Rodgers Builders; JP Shadley Associates

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Special Achievement Award: Knight Foundation

For innovative civic leadership and by making strategic investments and deploying grants to develop thought leaders and trailblazers who will help create a better Charlotte for citizens from all walks of life.

Recipients: Charles Thomas, Charlotte Program Director; Susan Patterson, Former Charlotte Program Director; Alberto Ibarguen, President & CEO, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

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Settler's Award: Sarah Stevenson

For being a pioneer and leader in the City of Charlotte for more than 60 years through public service, the founding of the Tuesday Morning Breakfast Forum and as a respected Historic West End Elder.

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