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Fayette Alliance Awards

Thanks to everyone who joined us for the Fayette Alliance Awards event on Thursday, Nov. 21st! It was a great night for honoring all of the strong leaders and initiatives that received a Fayette Alliance Award. Check out some photos from the event below:


Fayette Alliance Awards celebrate and recognize the enduring and pioneering initiatives, leaders, and projects that have helped us achieve our mission of growing our city and promoting our farms in Lexington. Awards are given for each of the three land-use pillars of our mission: agricultural excellence, innovative development, and environmental stewardship.

Vote for the People’s Choice Awards from this year’s Fayette Alliance Award recipients. Voting participants will be entered to win prizes from our sponsors. People’s Choice Awards will be announced at the Fayette Alliance Awards event on November 21st.

Fayette Alliance Awards were selected after much consideration by our nominating committee. Each of those named under the different award categories are recipients of a Fayette Alliance Awards. The publicly voted on People’s Choice Awards are given in addition to the Fayette Alliance Award to the recipient that receives the most online votes.

–People’s Choice Award voting is now closed–

Come help us celebrate on

November 21st, from 6-8 pm
at Blue Stallion Brewery

610 W. Third St, Lexington, KY 40508

This event is free and open to the public. Hors d’oeuvres provided by The Apiary, guests responsible for purchasing their own brews, provided by Blue Stallion Brewing

Giveaway items include: A copy of Chevy Chase Inn: Tall Tales and Cold Ales from Lexington’s Oldest Bar by Sarah Razor; A copy of This Day: Collected & New Sabbath Poems by Wendell Berry; A Wine + Market gift certificate for a wine tasting; a Fayette Alliance Swag Bag; a Third Street Stuff gift card; a copy of Saving Kentucky: Greening the Bluegrass by Sally Van Winkle Campbell; Wine + Market tasting gift certificate for two; and a set of Kentucky for Kentucky swag.

Read more,

“Fayette Alliance Announces Inaugural Award Winners” Staff Report, 11.4.13, BizLex.com

A special thanks to our sponsors for making this program possible:

The Apiary Catering and Fine Events

Blue Stallion Brewery

Kentucky for Kentucky

the Morris Bookshop

Smiley Pete Publishing & Sarah Razor

South Hill Gallery and Framing

Third Street Stuff

Wine + Market

Award Recipients:
Excellence in Agriculture Awards
Local Food:
1. Good Foods Co-op
2. Lexington Farmer’s Market
3. Marksbury FarmsPeople’s Choice:
Lexington Farmer’s Market
Equine Industry
1. Fasig Tipton
2. Keeneland
3. Kentucky Horse ParkPeople’s Choice:
Fayette County Leader in Agriculture
1. Alltech
2. Bluegrass Livestock Markets
3. UK College of AgriculturePeople’s Choice:
Innovative Development Awards:
Small-Scale Development Project
1. Atomic Café
2. Kentucky TheatrePeople’s Choice:
Kentucky Theatre
Large-Scale Development Project
1. Chevy Chase Neighborhood
2. Rupp Arena & the Lexington Convention
3. UK Medical CenterPeople’s Choice:
Chevy Chase Neighborhood
Leader in Fayette County Development
1. Public Affordable Housing Projects (group award)—Ballard and Griffith Towers; Russell School Apartments;
2. Private Affordable Housing Projects—Central Christian Church Apartments; Christ Church Apartments; Douglass School Apartments; Parkside Apartments
3. Purchase of Development Rights Program
4. Urban Services BoundaryPeople’s Choice:
Urban Service Boundary
Environmental Stewardship Awards:
Exemplary Water Quality Initiative
1. Emma Tibbs, FCNC Water Study
2. Friends of Wolf Run
3. Reforest the BluegrassPeople’s Choice:
Reforest the Bluegrass
Greenspace Excellence
1. McConnell Springs
2. Raven Run
3. Woodland ParkPeople’s Choice:
Raven Run
Leader in Environmental Sustainability
1. Margaret Graves
2. Mary Wharton/Floracliff Nature SanctuaryPeople’s Choice:
Mary Wharton/Floracliff
Fayette Alliance Visionary Awards:

Henry Clay and Wendell Berry


Nominating Committee:
Price_Bell_web Price Bell
Price Bell was born and raised in Lexington, KY where he spent his summer working at Mill Ridge farm. After graduating from Vanderbilt, Price worked for Parkway Properties in Charlotte, NC and then in Nashville, TN, where he joined the board of the Nashville Downtown Partnership, and was heavily involved in the Urban Land Institute and the Nashville Chamber of Commerce. In 2011 he returned to Lexington, where he works for Nicoma Bloodstock as a bloodstock consultant. Shortly upon his return to Nashville, Price joined the Fayette Alliance Board.
ken_Cooke Ken Cooke
Ken Cooke works with Friends of Wolf Run to restore his home watershed. Ken worked for the Kentucky Division of Water Management Branch before retiring in 2007. His responsibilities included recruiting and training volunteers to monitor water quality in streams, rivers, lakes and wetlands through the statewide Water Watch program. As the South Central Division Director of the American Heart Association, he was trained in volunteer organization prior to his work with the Kentucky Division of Water Management. He now organizes stream clean ups, habitat restoration projects, and other programs in Lexington watersheds.
Stanford Harvey Stanford Harvey
Stan Harvey is a Lord, Aeck & Sargent (LAS) principal and co-founder of the urban design and planning practice, Urban Collage. With a background in both architecture and city planning, his specialties are conceptualizing planning processes, facilitating community participation, directing facilities / infrastructure programs and developing implementation strategies. Many of Harvey’s plans have earned awards from organizations such as the U.S. Green Building Council, the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) as well as ASLA’s Kentucky chapter, and the Georgia and Kentucky chapters of the American Planning.
Frank Penn
Frank Penn was born and raised in Lexington, KY. He has been a cornerstone of the agricultural industry for more than forty years. He is the owner of Pennbrook Farm, a Thoroughbred boarding a burley tobacco farm. He is an active member of the community having served on many boards and commissions, including but not limited to: Georgetown College Board of Trustees, LFUCG Greenspace Commission, KY Farm Bureau Equine Committee, Fayette County Farm Service Agency, and LFUCG Planning Commission, and Kentucky Thoroughbred Association.
Van Meter Pettit Photo Van Meter Pettit
Van Meter Pettit, AIA, is a practicing architect and Lexington native. He is founder and president of Town Branch Trail, Inc., a local 501-c-3 nonprofit formed to advocate for the reorientation of the city to its historic creek for bikes, pedestrians, and urban redevelopment. Formerly he was the manager of the KY Clean Energy Corps, a partnership of multiple state cabinets focused on promoting economic security through energy conservation in our homes and public buildings.
Isabel_Yates_web Isabel Yates
Isabel Yates has resided in Lexington, KY for over forty years and has been an active member of the business, civic, and art community. For 11 years Isabel served as an elected official on the LFUCG Urban County Council. She served as Vice Mayor from 1999 to 2002 and is known for the preservation of historic Mc Connell Springs and the promotion of Horse Mania and other public arts projects in downtown Lexington.