Keep Akron Beautiful chose the Flowerscape located at North Main Street and Perkins, at the corner, which was one of Davis’ favorite Flowerscapes. Davis acted as the President & CEO of KAB from 1989 until her retirement at the end of 2014.
In her 26 years, Davis’ work through KAB has a lasting impact on not just the agency but the city of Akron. The agency’s Flowerscape program is considered a “model” program within the national network. In addition to the $600,000 Davis raised through extensive grant-writing that sustains the agency’s annual operating budget, she also introduced the Dreamscape Raffle in 2004.
Annually, private sector donations must be solicited to implement the urban beautification program, but the countywide Dreamscape Raffle was instrumental to supplement direct mail fundraising efforts. Keep America Beautiful, Inc. has awarded the agency third-place recognition for comprehensive program excellence of affiliates serving similar populations and a President’s Circle Award annually since 2003.
Davis was awarded the national Sue Smith Leadership Award at the organization’s 60th anniversary conference in Washington, D.C. in January, 2013 for exemplary contributions to the Keep America Beautiful National Network.
The league of Women Voters® of the Akron Area recognized Davis for her dedication to protecting and preserving our natural heritage by declaring her a Champion for the Environment in the spring of 2014. This Flowerscape pays tribute to Paula Davis, who helped the Akron community bloom with the same vibrancy and beauty as the white alyssum, vinca, zinnia, gomphrena and canna flowers.