Three winners were recognized for their initiatives and projects that have positively impacted people, neighborhoods and the community during the annual Reshaping Rochester Awards luncheon at Temple B'rith Kodesh in Brighton.
Jennifer Leonard, President and CEO of the Community Foundation, delivered the "Urban Observations" keynote address.
Her message: growth of cities is only one part planning, policies and design, and it's two or more parts people -- people who build, vote with their feet, people who take the lead, and people who dream.
Leonard says while Rochester has grown organically through the generations, and another generation is coming.
Winners announced today: The Robert Macon Award for Urban Observation was presented to Edgemere Development.
They were recognized for their work in reshaping West Main Street and State Street in Rochester. Peter Monacelli was presented with the Betty Strasenburgh Award for Activism for his work in over 250 revitalization projects in the Rochester region The Village Gate received a Directors Award. Gary Stern is managing partner. He says the Village Gate started as a vision 30 years ago, and they help reshape Rochester by bringing people into the city.
Executive Director, CDC-Rochester, Joni Monroe says the awards honor good work in the community.
The 17 finalists up for an award were nominated by the public.