State of Downtown ~ November 1, 2017



The State of Downtown is our annual event that showcases what we have been up to all year long as well as what we have up our sleeves for the coming year. The 2017 State of Downtown will take place November 1st at 5pm at F.A.B.R.I.C.  Keynote Jason Schupbach will put our downtown into the global placemaking perspective, FABRIC will produce a short Fashion Show; and we will provide everyone with some great Downtown Tempe success stories.  


In addition, we use this time to recognize people and companies that are helping to make Downtown Tempe the vibrant urban hub that it is today, through the Impact Awards.  Awards are given to businesses, corporations, or individuals that are making great contributions in our downtown.  Nominations were received from the public and the Awards Committee narrowed the nominees to no more than four.  The winners will be announced at the event.  Congratulations to the final nominees:


2017 Impact Award Nominees:

Business Community Impact
Business initiatives, with both large and small businesses, that promote the development of the Downtown Tempe Business Community.  Examples include a new business that offers something new or a historic business that has been steadily adding vibrancy to the district.
•    Cactus Sports
•    F.A.B.R.I.C.
•    VR Junkies

Cultural Impact
Programs and Events that improved the image, vibe, and cultural vitality of Downtown Tempe.  Examples include events, performances, street activations, or cultural venues that are doing creative programming.
•    ASU Ceramics Research Center
•    Shady Park
•    TCA – 10th Anniversary
•    Wexford Developments (Basketball Court/Placemaking)

Economic Impact
Programs, Events, and Developments that have increased Downtown Tempe's economic vitality.  Examples include a new development that increases residential opportunities, companies that are increasing the number of jobs available, or events that draw people and bring an economic boom to the area.
•    ASU Bio Design
•    Chase Bank
•    Wetta Ventures LLC - Annex Project
•    State Farm/Marina Heights

Environmental Impact
Organizations and Projects that exemplify environmentally sustainable practices in Downtown Tempe.  Examples include a transit project, bike initiative, or a development exceeding green standards.
•    GR:D Bikes
•    Tempe Grease Cooperative
•    TBAG

Social Impact
Individuals or Groups who make outstanding contributions to humanitarian causes in Downtown Tempe.  Examples include individuals who volunteer their time, companies that encourage philanthropic acts, or social service agencies that are leading the way in positive social change.  
•    ADM Group, Inc.
•    Care 7
•    Elizabeth Cling, TCC Board Chair
•    Margaret Hunnicutt, TCAA Immediate Past Board President

Iconic Businesses
Businesses that have been present within the district for many years helping to shape the sense of place.  These are businesses that have become institutions, have weathered the test of time, contribute to the economic vitality, add distinction to the business community, and have enhanced the culture of Downtown Tempe.  This is a new category in 2017 as our organization approaches its 25th anniversary and looks to publicly recognize those businesses that have invested time and energy into the district.  
•    The Chuckbox
•    Macayo's Depot Cantina
•    The Graffiti Shop
•    House of Tricks

Downtown Event
Events taking place in Downtown Tempe that are successful as economic drivers, are unique opportunities for local and visitor engagement and embody the spirit of Tempe.  
•    Arizona Aloha Festival
•    Devils on Mill
•    IRONMAN Arizona
•    Tour de Fat


Previous Award Winners:

Business Community Impact
2016 Recipient - Silicon Valley Bank
2015 Recipient - Julian Wright

Cultural Impact
2016 Recipient - Four Peaks
2015 Recipient - Walt Richardson

Economic Impact
2016 Recipient - Gammage Auditorium|
2015 Recipient - Sunbelt Holdings

Environmental Impact
2016 Recipient - City of Tempe - Tempe Town Lake Dam Repair
2015 Recipient - ASU for College Avenue Commons

Social Impact
2016 Recipient - Tempe Police Department
2015 Recipient - Mike Jennings

Lifetime Achievement Awards

Ken McKenzie, DTA Board Member, Mission Palms General Manager, Awarded 2016
ASU School of Architecture, Tempe Town Lake Project, Awarded 2016