Plaza Theatre Restoration Earns El Paso National Merit

The City of El Paso was honored with the Entrepreneurial American Leadership Award in an awards ceremony held in Washington D.C. hosted by the Partners for Livable Communities on March 9, 2006. The award is a national recognition for the culmination of public, private, and community collaboration in the development and restoration on The Plaza Theatre & Performing Arts Centre.

The awards program entitled, "A Celebration of Vision and Community Spirit" acknowledged communities with exemplary initiatives to acquire new or renewed assets to enhance their respective community's future. Those honored with the Entrepreneurial American Leadership Award are acknowledged for the accomplishment of their endeavors of betterment in their community.

Plaza Theatre Restoration Earns El Paso National MeritThrough a successful partnership between the City of El Paso and the El Paso Community Foundation, as well as various funding grants, the City has recovered a significant historical landmark and important element of El Paso's unique and rich heritage. First built in the 1920's and recognized as El Paso's most architecturally grand theatre, The Plaza Theatre Performing Arts Centre, previously known as The Showplace of the Southwest, is set to open this month as a performing arts facility that will garner many new opportunities for public gathering in the City. The completion of this initiative is the largest private investment ever made to a public facility in the City.

The City is proud and honored to be celebrating this honor and the reopening of the Plaza Theatre that took place Friday, March 17.

Patricia D. Adauto, Deputy City Manager of Development and Infrastructure Services; Beto O'Rourke, City Representative (District #8); Phyllis Rawley, Executive Director of the El Paso Empowerment Zone and congressional staff attended the awards ceremony.

Past recipients of the Entrepreneurial American Leadership Award include: For more information on Partners for Livable Communities & a photo of the ceremony please visit: http://livable.com/bridge_builders/index.htm & http://www.collages.net/store/emailedphoto2.asp?uniqueproduct=17762257



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