Telegraph District

Speedway Properties and Nelnet plan to redevelop the area near 21st and N streets into the Telegraph District. Speedway's involvement in the project is one of the reasons it was awarded the Lincoln Independent Business Association's top award of Business Owner of the Year.

The Lincoln Independent Business Association announced its annual award winners at its Free Enterprise Celebration Thursday night.

LIBA's top award, Business Owner of The Year, went to Speedway Properties.

Speedway Properties, the real estate division of Speedway Motors, was recognized for its  history of revitalizing historic buildings and its current efforts in the Haymarket and the new Telegraph District. Owned by the Smith family of Lincoln, Speedway Motors and Speedway Properties employ more than 450 people, most of whom are based in Lincoln

LIBA’s Lincoln Young Professional Award is presented to Adam Kroft, the founder of Red Thread, a marketing company located in the Haymarket. Kroft has grown his business from three people in 2014 to eight today.

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LIBA's Enterprising Gambler Award went to Leadbelly. The restaurant opened in the spring of 2013 in the Haymarket and has seen tremendous growth and has become a staple of the Haymarket area. Leadbelly’s gamble on its Lincoln location has paid off, and the restaurant will soon open its second location in Omaha.

Richard Meginnis was given LIBA's Community Impact Award. A lifelong Lincolnite and executive vice president of NAI FMA Realty, Meginnis has been a LIBA member for nearly 25 years. Richard has served as a member of the Lincoln Public Schools Board of Education, and has been appointed to a number of mayoral committees and task forces throughout the years. 

LIBA's Champion Award went to Lincoln Laminating Inc., which has operated in Lincoln since 1962. Bob Wiechert, who purchased the company in 2002, has been a supporter of LIBA and many other community causes

LIBA's Free Enterprise Award went to Roy Christensen. Christensen is full or part owner of three companies that do business in the Lincoln and Omaha areas and also serves on the Lincoln City Council.

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Matt Olberding is a Lincoln native and University of Nebraska-Lincoln graduate who has been covering business for the Journal Star since 2005.

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