The DowntownDC Business Improvement District hosted its 21st annual Momentum Awards Wednesday, March 29, celebrating the people, businesses, organizations, and projects that made significant contributions to DowntownDC over the last year. Thank you to all who gathered at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center to honor the 10 people and organizations!

Date: Wednesday March 29, 2023

Time: 5:30 pm

Location: Ronald Reagan International Trade Center, Atrium Hall

Address: 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW (enter on 14th Street NW)

Parking: Information Link

Metro: Information Link / Federal Triangle is the closet Metro station

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2022 Momentum Award Winners

⋆ Person of the Year Award

Mayor Muriel E. Bowser and the Office of the Deputy Mayor of Planning and Economic Development

This award goes to the Mayor of the District of Columbia and the Office of the Deputy Mayor of Planning and Economic Development for their demonstrated vision and commitment to prioritizing DowntownDC’s recovery as exemplified in DC’s Comeback Plan.

⋆ Public Sector Person, Project, or Program of the Year Award

National Capital Planning Commission

This award goes to the National Capital Planning Commission for its outreach and community-engagement efforts around the agency’s bold vision for the future of “America’s Main Street”: the Pennsylvania Avenue Initiative.

⋆ Private Sector Person, Project, or Program of the Year Award

Unconventional Diner and L’Ardente

This award goes to owner Eric Eden and chef-partner David Deshaies for their talent and commitment to excellence, community, and culture as exemplified in their two award-winning DowntownDC restaurants: Unconventional Diner and L’Ardente.

⋆ Landmark Development Project of the Year Award

JPMorgan Chase & Co.

This award goes to the JPMorgan & Chase team for its vision and direction in the renovation of 875 15th Street NW, now the company’s regional headquarters. 

⋆ Downtown Program or Partnership of the Year Award

D.C. Public Library

This award goes to the DC Public Library for its vision and direction on public programming at the historic Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library.

⋆ Downtown Detail Award

National Museum of Women in the Arts

This award goes to the team at the National Museum of Women in the Arts for the outstanding presentation and impact of building-size artworks by MISS CHELOVE and Katharina Cibulka while the museum has been undergoing a top-to-bottom renovation. 

⋆ Downtown Experience Award

Turning the Page for Carpe Librum

This award, determined by a public vote, goes to Turning the Page for its achievement of the Carpe Librum pop-up bookstore at 1350 I Street NW and its Capital Book Fest, both of which offer positive DowntownDC experiences.

⋆ Visionary of the Year Award

Waldorf Astoria Washington DC and the U.S. General Services Administration

This award goes to the teams at the Waldorf Astoria Washington DC and the U.S. General Services Administration for their continued belief in the future of Pennsylvania Avenue and DowntownDC as demonstrated by the creation and opening of a sparkling new world-class destination, the Waldorf Astoria Washington DC hotel, within the historic Old Post Office building.

⋆ Sustainability Award

Oxford Properties Group

This award goes to the team at Oxford Properties for their exceptional accomplishments in sustainability at the company’s 1101 New York Avenue NW property.

⋆ John J. Chisholm Spirit Award / New for 2022

Lorenzo Sanders Sr.

The John J. Chisholm Spirit Award, a new category for 2022 and beyond, is given to an individual who embodies a spirit of forward momentum, firm drive, and the kind of resolve needed to push to improve downtown. It is named for the late John Chisholm, who, through his nonprofit organization the P.A.I.N.T.S. Institute, worked tirelessly with the BID, property owners, and others to bring local minority artists and vibrant murals to DowntownDC storefronts and public spaces during the summer of 2020 social justice protests.

The DowntownDC BID team would like to honor the memory of our beloved colleague Mr. Lorenzo Sanders Sr. by posthumously presenting him with this award. Lorenzo’s joyful spirit, work ethic, and dedication were the personification of what this award represents. 

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