2017 Charleston Main Streets Urbanite Award winners announced

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The second annual Charleston Main Streets Urbanite Awards were handed out on Wednesday.

The ceremony was held at the Good News Mountaineer Garage.

The awards honor businesses, civic leaders, volunteers, and community members who making a difference in the urban core of Charleston.

Each award has a winner on the city's east end and west side.

They were presented in seven main categories including: Rookie of the Year, The Game Changer, The Urbaneer, and The Urbanite of the Year.

The executive director of Charleston Main Streets says, "It's really important to honor those who work so hard to invest in our business districts and invest in our neighborhoods and communities simply because without them they wouldn't be what they are today."

2017 award winners are:

Rookie of the Year
West Side - Elk City Records
East End - Yoga Power, LLC

The Game Changer
West Side - Charleston Montessori School
East End - Clay Center for the Arts & Sciences of West Virginia

The Urbaneer
West Side - Pile Hardware Company
East End - Contemporary Galleries of WV, Inc.

The West Side Urban Service Award
GL & Cathy Callihan

The Jim Snyder East End Urban Service Award
Mary Anne Crickard

The West Side & East End Urban Leadership Award
Chief Brent Webster

The CMS Chairman's Brick Award
City of Charleston, WV Manager David Molgaard

Property owner
West Side - Dewayne Duncan & Dr. Andy Tanner
East End - Pison Development

The 2017 CMS Urbanite of the Year
ZMM Architects & Engineers
This year's awards were handed out by the inaugural winners from last year's ceremony.

Charleston Main Streets is an organization that aims to develop the urban areas of Charleston's east end and west side through development, planning and marketing.

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