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Greater Miami Chamber and Allen Morris present award

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In 1976, a group of Miami’s top leaders met on the 38th floor of the new One Biscayne Tower to focus on the future of downtown Miami. At that time, signs of progress in downtown were stagnant, no new buildings were under construction and the existing plan for new development was near a standstill. As these leaders looked out at their city from that panoramic view, it became clear that what was lacking at that time was a plan of action. Alvah H. Chapman, Jr., then President of The Miami Herald, was called upon to lead this action-oriented committee of the Greater Miami Chamber – that day the Chamber’s New World Center Committee was created.


In 2014, W. Allen Morris, Chairman and CEO with The Allen Morris Company, created  the  Alvah H. Chapman, Jr. Award of Excellence in partnership with the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce and presented the first annual Award  for outstanding achievements of an individual, an organization and young leader who have made significant contributions and set standards for the development of Miami’s central business core’s economy, culture, promotion, education, beautification and preservation.

The following recipients were honored at the second annual award presentation during the November 2015 Trustee Luncheon:

– Individual: Jorge Pérez, Chairman & CEO, The Related Group

– Organization: The Miami Foundation

– Young Leader: Matt Haggman, Miami Program Director, Knight Foundation

Click here to learn more about Alvah H. Chapman Jr.
Click here for Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce news release

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