November 15, 2019
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The DowntownDC Business Improvement District (BID) on Friday, Nov. 15 announced their 2019 Momentum Award winners, including Mayor Muriel Bowser, the DowntownDC Person of the Year, and four nominees for the DowntownDC Experience public vote award.
“We are proud to recognize Mayor Bowser as our DowntownDC Person of the Year,” said BID President & CEO Neil Albert ahead of the BID’s Momentum Awards Ceremony on Dec. 3. “Mayor Bowser’s funding and support for the Downtown Day Services Center to serve individuals experiencing homelessness actualizes the BID’s mission to support all members of the downtown community.”
The DowntownDC Person of the Year is one of eight awards to be presented Dec. 3 at the DowntownDC BID’s 2019 Momentum Awards held at the Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center. This annual event honors people, projects and partnerships that stood out for their ability to enrich DowntownDC over the past year.
The list of award winners is as follows:
DowntownDC Person of the Year
Mayor Muriel Bowser, for the city’s funding and support of the Downtown Day Services Center to serve individuals experiencing homelessness.
Public Sector Program of the Year
District Department of Transportation (DDOT), for its transportation efforts including the H & I street bus lane pilot, pedestrian enhancements on 7th Street and investment in the K Street Transitway.
Private Sector Project of the Year
Apple, Events DC and the Historical Society of Washington, D.C., for the restoration and revitalization of the historic Carnegie Library into an Apple flagship store and the DC History Center.
Partnership of the Year
The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA), the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) and Words Beats & Life, for their collaborative effort and support to enhance the McPherson Square Metrorail Station with “In Service,” a unique and colorful mural honoring veterans.
Landmark Development Project of the Year
Hines/CityCenterDC, for being a major economic catalyst and establishing The Conrad Hotel as a vibrant, attractive and welcoming space and one of the most significant projects completed in DowntownDC in 2019.
Downtown Detail of the Year
The Meridian Group, for its existing and planned transformations for Anthem Row including Feria Food Hall, which will bring new vitality, commerce, engagement and excitement to this area of DowntownDC.
Visionary Award of the Year
Ginger and John Laytham, for their inspiring and innovative vision carried out through their 50 years leading Clyde’s Restaurant Group and their lasting legacy in DowntownDC.
Moreover, the BID will recognize an event, entity or idea, with the DowntownDC Experience of the Year Award, where the public can vote for their favorite experience that took place in DowntownDC. The nominees include:
- Apple Carnegie Library’s StoryMakers Festival;
- 202Creates’ Kickoff Event;
- FRESHFARM Farmers Markets of DowntownDC; and
- The Smithsonian American Art Museum & National Portrait Gallery’s America Now! Celebration of Music.
The 2019 Momentum Awards will feature entertainment by DJ Premonition, “The True King,” a staple in the DC club scene with regular sets at premiere venues including Bar 7, Lotus, and Rosebar. Attendees will also be able to enjoy fun sports activations throughout the event space to celebrate the District of champions.