PRESS RELEASE: BID Announces 2019 Momentum Award Winners; Mayor Bowser Person of the Year


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:

The DowntownDC Experience of the Year Award is open now through Friday, Nov. 22nd.

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.

**Note: The 2019 Momentum Awards Party is open to media. Press who wish to attend should contact Rachel Hartman to register.


About the DowntownDC BID
The DowntownDC Business Improvement District (BID) was founded in 1997 and is a private non-profit organization that provides capital improvements, resources and research that keep the BID area clean, safe, economically and environmentally strong and accessible. The DowntownDC BID is a catalyst, facilitator and thought leader in diversifying the economy, promoting public/private partnerships and enhancing the DowntownDC 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 properties 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. Find DowntownDC BID on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.