Speaker from ‘Magnificent Mile’ at Heart of Rockford Awards

Speaker from ‘Magnificent Mile’ at Heart of Rockford Awards


The president and C.E.O. of Chicago’s “Magnificent Mile,” also known as the Greater North Michigan Avenue Association (GNMAA), will speak at the River District Association’s 16th Annual Heart of Rockford Awards dinner on Wednesday, July 17. The awards, presented by Associated Bank, will take place beginning at 5:30 p.m. at Lots A Pasta, a new Italian restaurant, 301 S. Main St., downtown Rockford. Following the address, awards will be presented by the River District Association to outstanding recipients in several categories. Tickets, priced at $35 and $40, are still available by calling (815) 964-6221.

Russell C. Salzman, CAE and the GNMAA are credited with helping to redevelop Chicago’s near north side into one of the most established and well-known retail, residential and commercial districts in the United States. The work of the GNMAA continues to be critically important in articulating and preserving neighborhood standards and marketing the district that calls “The Magnificent Mile” its backbone of development and growth. Mr. Salzman has been with the GNMAA for 12 years and continues to lead the organization in planning and development, marketing and brand management, member program and services management and external civic affairs in Chicago and the state of Illinois.

Since 1987, the Heart of Rockford Awards have recognized outstanding contributions to Rockford’s downtown River District area in various business and personal leadership categories. A list of previous winners may be obtained by contacting the River District office.

The Awards Celebration is made possible by the generous contributions of the following sponsors: Presenting Sponsor—Associated Bank; Speaker Sponsor—Rockford Area Convention & Visitors Bureau; Entertainment Sponsor—Miller Lite/Lorden Distributing Company; Invitation design and print—Scott T. A. Saporiti and Adams Letter Services, Inc. New this year are sponsors for each award category. Categories and their sponsors are Best Heart of Rockford Award – Oliver, Close, Worden, Winkler and Greenwald; New Business—Rockford Area Chamber of Commerce; Commitment by a Business—Missman, Stanley and Associates; Commitment by an Individual—Waterside Financial Group; Historic Preservation—Bradley & Bradley Architects. Engineers; Residential Renovation—MedicineMan, Inc.; Commercial Renovation—Cultural Corridor Coalition; Festival/Special Event—CentreEvents.

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