State of Downtown

We have postponed the event until further notice.  Looking forward to hosting our annual meeting at a future date!


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.  Save the Date for our upcoming 2020 event!   The event also 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.  At this time, we are accepting nominations. 

SEND AN EMAIL by May 15, 2020 with your nomination.


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.

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.

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.
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.
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.  
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.  
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.  


Previous Award Winners

Business Community Impact
2018 Recipient – AC Marriott Hotels
2017 Recipient – F.A.B.R.I.C.
2016 Recipient – Silicon Valley Bank
2015 Recipient – Julian Wright
Cultural Impact
2018 Recipient – Pat's Run
2017 Recipient – ASU Ceramics Museum
2016 Recipient – Four Peaks
2015 Recipient – Walt Richardson
Economic Impact
2018 Recipient – ASU Game Days
2017 Recipient – State Farm/Marina Heights
2016 Recipient – Gammage Auditorium
2015 Recipient – Sunbelt Holdings
Environmental Impact
2018 Recipient – Tempe Grease Cooperative
2017 Recipient – GR:D Bikes
2016 Recipient – City of Tempe – Tempe Town Lake Dam Repair
2015 Recipient – ASU for College Avenue Commons
Social Impact
2018 Recipient – Salvation Army
2017 Recipient – Margaret Hunnicutt
2016 Recipient – Tempe Police Department
2015 Recipient – Mike Jennings
Iconic Business
2018 Recipient – Chuck Box
2017 Recipient – House of Tricks
Downtown Event
2018 Recipient – M.A.M.A. - Tempe Festival of the Arts
2017 Recipient – Tour de Fat

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



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