The Renaissance Award - Established in 2003, the Renaissance Award recognizes an individual or organization that has made a significant contribution to the revitalization of one or more downtowns in Georgia.
Individuals and organizations from the private sector, non-profit, civic, philanthropic and academic communities are eligible to receive the award. Governmental agencies and their staff are not eligible.

The Starr Award - Established in 2019, the Starr Award recognizes an individual who has made a significant contribution toward creating a unique and vibrant environment in the downtown area of a city in Georgia.  The award is given annually in memory of Mike Starr, who served as the Georgia Cities Foundation’s President for two decades until his death in 2019.  The Georgia Cities Foundation seeks to create this permanent legacy in President Starr’s memory by celebrating those who emulate his best traits:  visionary, innovator, servant leader, and champion for downtowns.  

Current or retired municipal elected officials, appointed staff, downtown development managers, and downtown development authority board members are eligible to receive the award. 

The Renaissance and Starr awards are presented each June in Savannah during the Georgia Municipal Association's Annual Convention.


Applications are Due Thursday June 3, 2021 at 5:00 p.m.



Previous Starr Award Winners