Partnership Gwinnett, in collaboration with the Council for Quality Growth, announced the winners of the 2018 MARS Awards, presented today at the annual Metro Atlanta Redevelopment Summit at the Studio Movie Grill in Duluth.

Presented by Georgia Power, the Metro Atlanta Redevelopment Summit is the premiere redevelopment event in the region, bringing together more than 250 developers, commercial real estate brokers, elected officials, business leaders and community development experts. The summit offered an inside look at the region’s current redevelopment projects, as well as information on trends and best practices in the industry.

The MARS Awards recognize outstanding redevelopment projects in the region, along with two individuals for their dedication and successful work in redevelopment in metro Atlanta.

“We recognize the importance of redevelopment initiatives in the metro Atlanta region, and the impact they directly have on economic development,” said Doug Jenkins, the Metro North Region Director for Georgia Power Company. “We believe the Metro Atlanta Redevelopment Summit is a key factor in encouraging the region’s redevelopment projects and we are pleased to be the presenting sponsor.”

Partnership Gwinnett presented the following awards recognizing redevelopment projects in our region:

• 2018 Neighborhood Redevelopment Award (1-10 acres) – Atlanta Barber & Beauty
Finalists: Slow Pour Brewing, Glover Park Brewery

• 2018 Community Redevelopment Award (> 1 acre) – E Center
Finalists: City View

• 2018 Regional Redevelopment Award (10 +) – Franklin Gateway Redevelopment
Finalists: Armour Yards, Atlanta Dairies

The last award presented at this year’s MARS, the 2018 Redevelopment Champion of the Year, recognized a group of individuals’ dedication and success in redevelopment. Partnership Gwinnett awarded the Lawrenceville Downtown Development Authority for leading an exemplary effort in redevelopment in metro Atlanta this year.

“We were excited to once again have the opportunity to co-host this year’s summit along with Partnership Gwinnett,” said Michael Paris, President and CEO of the Council for Quality Growth. “We have found the involvement and partnership to be extremely valuable in continuing the efforts to promote redevelopment on a metro-wide scale.

“It’s important that our regional partners have a forum to come together to learn and celebrate the progress of our region,” said Nick Masino, Chief Economic Development Officer at Partnership Gwinnett. “Success builds here, and the projects and individuals recognized at the Summit show the type of innovation that keeps our region competitive.”