Each year, the Asheville Downtown Association presents Downtown Heroes Awards to individuals or organizations who have significantly impacted downtown Asheville, have been active in its revitalization, and have contributed time and energy to improve the downtown area for businesses, residents and tourists.
2011 - Bob and Ellen Carr, Pat Whalen, Leslie Anderson
2012 - Rick Ramsey; Karen Tessier, John Lantzius
2013 - Grace Pless, Lou Bissette, Kim MacQueen
2014 - Franzi Charen, Jim Daniels, Susan Roderick