Lawrence Township’s Growth and Redevelopment Committee, in conjunction with the MidJersey Chamber of Commerce, conducted the 15th Annual Awards Program for Economic Development on October 9, 2013.
The program took place at Special Olympics New Jersey. The keynote address was provided by Thomas J. Varga, Senior Vice President of Sponsorships, 2014 Special Olympics USA National Games.
These awards are presented each year to businesses, individuals, and civic groups that have enhanced the community in a special way: for job growth, expanding the tax base of the Township, building or renovating a structure that improves the quality of life in the community, or by participating in local activities that benefit the Town and its residents.
The Mayor’s Award for Economic or Community Development is given to a business, civic group, public official, or program that deserves special recognition for its efforts on behalf of the community.
Recipients: Lawrence Road Fire Company, Lawrenceville Fire Company and Slackwood Fire Company
The New Large Business Award recognizes a successful new business (start-up or relocation) recently established in Lawrence Township.
Recipient: The Cheesecake Factory, Quaker Bridge Mall
The New Small Business Award is given to a small employer, family, or individual business that makes a special contribution to Lawrence Township. This category recognizes the entrepreneurs that occupy the smaller spaces among the Township’s office and retail properties.
Recipient: JC Strings, 4120 Quakerbridge Road
A Business Service Award is presented to a business that has made a significant contribution to the Township’s business or civic community, which may include a major building or renovation project.
Recipient: Denise Taylor, President, Great Looks Multicultural Hair Salon, Mercer Mall
A New Building/Renovation Award recognizes a significant new building or renovation project that enhances its surrounding neighborhood.
Recipient: Mercer Council on Alcoholism & Drug Addiction, 1931 Brunswick Ave.
The Podmore/Dwyer Historic Award celebrates a business, individual or community organization in Lawrence that promotes preservation of Lawrence Township history and/or has provided an effective educational avenue toward advancing knowledge of the Township’s rich history
Recipients: Laura Nawrocik, Ashley Morris
The Ralph Copleman Environmental Award recognizes a business, organization, community group, or individual for environmentally sustainability.
Recipient: Ben Franklin Elementary School