City and other public officials joined together to honor several Denton businesses and one individual Thursday during the 2017 Mayor and City Council Annual Business Awards Breakfast.
The awards are designed to recognize businesses that have gone above and beyond to help the city in different ways in the past year, said Mayor Chris Watts.
"This is an opportunity for the city of Denton, the University of North Texas, Denton ISD and some other governmental organizations to honor those people in the business community who have really gone above and beyond the call of duty, so to speak, and who have helped with different initiatives and goals," Watts said. "They've all done an outstanding job in helping the community and being good community partners."
The following businesses earned recognition at the event:
Robinson Aviation, Inc. was recognized by the city for its partnership with Denton Enterprise Airport providing safe air traffic control.
Victor Technologies International was recognized by the Denton Economic Development Partnership Board for its leadership investment in Denton.
The city's Downtown Task Force recognized Beth Marie's Old Fashioned Ice Cream for its consistent leadership support with downtown revitalization efforts.
Morrison Milling Company was recognized by the city for supporting literacy education.
The city and the University of North Texas jointly recognized Little Guys Movers for its entrepreneurial achievements.
The city and Texas Woman's University jointly recognized Strittmatter Air Conditioning, Heating and Plumbing for supporting TWU and helping students prepare for their careers.
Michael Rosenberger, of Tommy's Hi Tech Auto, was recognized for his service to the city and the North Central Texas College Small Business Development Center.
The local U.S. Army Reserve Training Center was recognized by the city and Workforce Solutions of North Central Texas for its work in employing veterans and civilians.
Links Construction was recognized by the city for its leadership support of the 9/11 memorial that commemorates public service and sacrifice.
Denton resident Pat Smith was recognized by the city for his work facilitating the Parks and Recreation Department's strategic plan.
The city recognized In-N-Out Burger for its leadership support of the Denton Police Department's "back to school" event.
Denton ISD and the city recognized Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton for its support of career and technology education.
FEATURED PHOTO: Denton Downtown Task Force Vice Chair, Hank Dickenson, left, recognizes Beth Marie's Old Fashioned Ice Cream and its owner, Ken Willis, during the Business Awards Breakfast at the Apogee Stadium Hub Club. Jeff Woo/DRC
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