Recognizing the people, projects, and initiatives driving the bright future of Downtown.
Master of Ceremonies – Troy Johnson
Publisher and Chief Content Officer of San Diego Magazine, food critic, person on TV. He’s been on Food Network for 12 years now—starting as the writer/host of his own primetime series, “Crave,” and now over 150 episodes as a judge on “Guy’s Grocery Games” (also appeared on “Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives,” “Iron Chef,” “Best Thing I Ever Ate”). Cohost of award-winning TV show “Campus Eats” on Big Ten Network. food expert for TV shows on NatGeo, Travel Channel, and PBS. On stage, he’s emceed the first TEDX conference in San Diego, the music-food-and-art festival, Kaaboo, and dozens of awards shows and charity events.
Honoring the doers, builders, helpers, and innovators driving the future of our Downtown.
Government Elected Official of the Year Award – Chair, Nathan Fletcher, Board of Supervisors, San Diego County, District 4
Government Partner of the Year Award – Christina Bibler, Director, Economic Development, City of San Diego
Small Business of the Year Award – Old Gallery Coffee House & Swami’s Café Downtown
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Award – David’s Harp Foundation
Grow Urban Award – 2100 Kettner, Kilroy Realty Corporation
Cultural Vitality Award – The San Diego Symphony’s Rady Shell at Jacobs Park
Economic Prosperity Award – Seaport Village Revitalization, Port of San Diego | Protea Properties | SLP Urban Planning
Vic Kops Humanitarian Award – San Diego Convention Center
The Jim Dawe Memorial Volunteer of the Year Award – Joe Ciavarella and the Friends of Tweet Street Park
Create the Future Award – Park and Market Mixed-Use Development
Founders Award – Mary L. Walshok, PhD
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Funds raised from this event will be used to support the Downtown Partnership’s mission of advancing an economically prosperous and culturally vibrant Downtown. This includes the following areas: