2021 DowntownDC Momentum Awards


The DowntownDC BID is thrilled to host its 2021 Momentum Awards on Thursday, March 24, 2022, at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library. This ceremony will celebrate the visionaries who made significant contributions to maintaining DowntownDC’s vibrancy and proved their resiliency in the face of a challenging, yet still successful, year.

Limited tickets are available to attend this year’s award ceremony. The celebration kicks off at 5:30 PM, and business attire is required to attend. Click here to register.

2021 Award Winners Include:

DowntownDC Visionary of the Year Award

Mayor Muriel Bowser / District of Columbia and Dr. LaQuandra S. Nesbitt / D.C. Health — For the initiative, leadership, and grit they demonstrated by incorporating and standing behind science and data-based guidance to protect the health and safety of DC residents, businesses and employees during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The Visionary of the Year Award is a special award only given in years when an individual(s) or businesses are recognized for their work and leadership that goes above and beyond the norm. The DowntownDC BID is honored to present this award to Mayor Bowser and Dr. Nesbitt for their steadfastness and strength during an unprecedented time in our nation’s capital and the city’s downtown neighborhood.

DowntownDC Person of the Year

Kathy Hollinger / Restaurant Association of Metropolitan WashingtonFor her strong leadership in developing a comprehensive road map for restaurant and foodservice industry recovery throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

DowntownDC Private Sector Person of the Year

Shantelle George / Macys — For her demonstration of strong community consciousness by initiating various philanthropic programs, including hosting a professional clothing workshop for returning citizens and supporting the DowntownDC Foundation’s homeless services efforts.

DowntownDC Public Sector Person of the Year

Deputy Mayor Chris Geldart / Office of the Deputy Mayor for Public Safety and Justice — For his leadership and initiative in protecting the health of District residents during the COVID-19 pandemic by locating testing centers throughout the city, as well as leading efforts to establish a temporary hospital in the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.

DowntownDC Partnership of the Year

Coca-Cola Consolidated, Inc. — For its community commitment through ongoing partnership and support of the DowntownDC Foundation and Downtown Day Services Center.

DowntownDC Landmark Development Project of the Year

Mayor Muriel Bowser, National Mall and Memorial Parks, Department of General Services, Department of Parks and Recreation, National Park Service — For their demonstrated partnership and commitment to the renovation and restoration of Franklin Park, DowntownDC’s largest green space, which celebrated its reopening on September 24, 2021. 

DowntownDC Sustainability Award

Brookfield Properties —  For its development at 650 Massachusetts Avenue NW, consistently high sustainability ratings, certification achievements including a recent LEED recertification, as well as the prioritization of occupants health, wellness, and safety during the pandemic and beyond. 

DowntownDC Downtown Detail Award

World War One Centennial Commission — For the World War I Memorial at Pershing Park, on Pennsylvania Avenue NW, which serves as a beautiful dedication to the heroism and sacrifice of Americans.

DowntownDC Experience of the Year Award

And the winner is… #FITDC on Black Lives Matter Plaza!