The Downtown Spokane Partnership has selected former Spokane Mayor David Condon and former city chief financial officer Gavin Cooley to receive the organization’s Legacy Award and Pete Mounsey and Anne Mounsey its Impact Award. and they will be honored at the annual meeting this Thursday.
The recipients will be honored by the organization during its annual meeting Thursday.
The meeting will take place at the Wonder Building – an appropriate location considering the DSP is honoring the Mounseys for their $15 million renovation of the former Wonder Bread Bakery Building into a mixed-use space for offices and eateries.
“The undertaking was an incredible financial risk for the Mounseys that is already paying dividends for the surrounding neighborhood,” Downtown Spokane Partnership said in a news release. “Where there was a rundown, graffiti tagged, rodent infested structure, there is now a nearly fully occupied vibrant building that mixes the best of the past and present and offers the community a place to gather.”
The DSP will present both Condon and Cooley with the Legacy Award. The organization is recognizing Condon’s commitment to initiatives that invest in the city’s infrastructure as well as moves to protect the Spokane River.
“Condon was an advocate for economic development and force behind the historic redevelopment of Riverfront Park that will leave a lasting legacy on downtown for generations,” the DSP said.
Condon, who recently left officer after serving his second term as mayor, began his new position Monday as vice president of Eastern Washington for Premera Blue Cross.
Cooley, who served as CFO during five mayoral administrations, is being recognized for being “a driving force behind the policy and financing that underwrote Spokane’s most ambitious initiatives” and leaving “the City of Spokane on a solid financial footing with a challenge to carry forward a legacy of creative and pragmatic planning,” the DSP said.
DSP’s annual meeting will be 3-5 p.m. Thursday at the Wonder Building, 835 N. Post St. The cost is $35 for members and $40 for nonmembers.
The meeting’s keynote speaker will be Mick Cornett, the former four-term mayor of Oklahoma City and co-author of “The Next American City: The Big Promise of Our Midsize Metros.” Cornett’s list of awards includes recognition for urban design, health, sports and the arts.
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