State of Downtown
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. Thank you to everyone who joined us at our recent State of Downtown, held on February 13, 2019 at Hayden Station. This year, in particular, was near and dear to us as Downtown Tempe Authority celebrated its 25th anniversary.
Also, the event includes the presentation of our annual Impact Awards. These awards are given to businesses, people, programs and events that contribute greatly to the success of our downtown.
Impact Award Categories:
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.
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.
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.
Organizations and Projects that exemplify environmentally sustainable practices in Downtown Tempe. Examples include a transit project, bike initiative, or a development exceeding green standards.
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.
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.
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.
Previous Award Winners
Business Community Impact
Lifetime Achievement Awards
Ken McKenzie, DTA Board Member, Mission Palms General Manager, Awarded 2016
ASU School of Architecture, Tempe Town Lake Project, Awarded 2016