Christine Alvarez Award - for uplifting the region's poor: Empower Hampton Roads
The faith-based group has done good work, pushing issues many politicos are afraid to touch but they are needed.
Rosa Parks Award - for striving towards an inclusive Virginia Beach: Georgia Allen
Some have done as much work, but nobody I know of has sacrificed themselves more towards the goal.
Maury Jackson Award - for civic activism in Virginia Beach: Dan Baxter
1st Vice President (and former President) of the CCO, he has Chaired the Clean Community Commission, served on the Blue Ribbon Budget Task Force, and much more. Given that Jackson recruited Baxter to the CCO, fitting that he's the first recipient.
Urho Kekkonen Award - for statesmanship: Delegate Bob Tata
For HB 6028, the bill that got light rail rolling in Virginia Beach.
Richard Maddox Award - for best City Councilman: tie, Bob Dyer and Jim Wood
I was debating this one, and hoped one of them would distinguish himself - or shoot himself in the foot - at this past weekend's City Council Retreat.
Isaak Mikkanen Award - for best developer: The Dragas Companies
With most developers claiming we can't build affordable housing without a Redevelopment Authority, Dragas has done it on their own.
The first annual list is a short one; under comments feel free to suggest any awards for the 2009 edition.
I had 5 negative awards ready to go, but some involve people I'm currently locking horns with. Therefore, I thought it might be perceived as spiteful for me to make them, even though the decisions had long been made.