PRESS RELEASE: BID Announces 2016 Momentum Award Winners; Mayor Bowser Person of the Year

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Washington, D.C. - The DowntownDC Business Improvement District (BID) on Thursday morning announced their slate of 2016 Momentum Award winners including Mayor Muriel Bowser.

"We are proud to recognize Mayor Bowser tonight as Downtown Person of the Year," said BID Executive Director Neil O. Albert. "Mayor Bowser's commitment to the Franklin Park revitalization effort will ensure this long-awaited transformation occurs."

Bowser is one of seven award winners who will be honored Thursday night at the DowntownDC BID Momentum Awards (#partydowntowndc), held at the Carnegie Library. This annual event honors people, projects and partnerships that stood out for their ability to enrich Downtown over the past year. This year's celebration will feature the music of Chelsey Green and The Green Project and include a mini shopping village. Party guests will have the opportunity to preview and purchase unique gift items from select exhibitors featured at the Downtown Holiday Market. 

New this year, two categories, Downtown Detail and Downtown Experience were opened up for public vote. The winners are...

The complete list of award winners is as follows:

Downtown Person of the Year

Mayor Muriel Bowser, for commitment of funds and ongoing oversight to help transform Franklin Park, the largest green space in Downtown D.C.

Public Sector Person, Project or Program of the Year

District Department of Transportation (DDOT), for its congestion management efforts including the completion of District-wide traffic signal optimization, transformation of the Traffic Control Office (TCO) program and implementation of the Multimodal Value Prcing Pilot in Chinatown

Private Sector Person, Project or Program of the Year

Modus Hotels, for opening D.C.'s first pod hotel, Pod DC, in Chinatown

Partnership or Program of the Year

DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) for its collaborative efforts to facilitate the inaugural season of DowntownDC LIve! in Franklin Park

Landmark Development Project of the Year

U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) and Trump Hotels for the redevelopment of the Old Post Office Pavilion

Visionary Award

Darlene Pope, Jones Lang Lasalle Senior Director Energy and Sustainability Services, for her inspiring an dinnovative work to help transform DowntownDC buildings into energy efficient, high-performance facilities through the Building Energy Summit

**Note: The 2016 Momentum Awards is open to the media. Press wishing to attend should contact Rachel Rose Hartman to register.


About the DowntownDC BID
The DowntownDC Business Improvement District (BID) is a private non-profit organization that provides capital improvements, resources and research to help diversify the economy and enhance the Downtown experience for all. This special district, where property owners have agreed to tax themselves to fund services, encompasses a 138-block area of approximately 520 buildings from Massachusetts Avenue on the north to Constitution Avenue on the south, and from Louisiana Avenue on the east to 16th Street on the west. As a catalyst, facilitator and thought leader, the DowntownDC BID promotes public/private partnerships to create a remarkable urban environment. For more information, visit or follow us on Twitter @downtowndcbid.