Each year the Missoula Downtown Association takes great pleasure in honoring outstanding individuals who do good things for Downtown Missoula and the people served by the Downtown community. The MDA recognizes six award winners at the MDA Membership Awards Banquet, held annually in January. With more than 550 members, 24 board members, 18 committees, and more that 12,000 MDA member employees, there are plenty of excellent nominees for these awards. The MDA invites the public to participate in acknowledging the people who greatly contribute to making Downtown Missoula the best it can be by nominating someone special for the following awards:
Dan Cederberg Downtowner of the Year
One of Missoula’s most prestigious honors since 1986, the Dan Cederberg Downtowner of the Year recognizes an individual who has made Downtown Missoula a better place by his or her unselfish and extraordinary efforts, activities or contributions. Renamed after an extraordinary man who served the MDA Board of Directors for 34 years, The Downtowner of the Year Award is presented to a business owner, manager employee, staff member or professional affiliated with the Missoula Downtown Association.
Downtown Employee of the Year
The Downtown Employee of the year is awarded to an exceptional employee who has done something special in the last year. Examples might include providing exceptional customer service or the creation of a new product or program. This person must be a business owner, manager or employee affiliated with the Missoula Downtown Association.
MDA Committee Member of the Year
The MDA Committee Member of the Year award recognizes the dedicated efforts of an individual who goes above and beyond the call of duty in service to the MDA’s mission or in contribution to the production of an MDA community event.
MDA Board Member of the Year
The MDA Board Member of the Year award honors an MDA Board Member for his or her engaged, enthusiastic and dedicated stewardship and active leadership in Downtown Missoula and the Missoula Downtown Association. Nominees shall be board members of the Missoula Downtown Association.
Downtown Volunteer of the Year
Introduced in 2014, this award honors any individual who is serving the Downtown community and its constituents through volunteer service. This person has a “yes” attitude, always responds to need, and is recognized as someone who truly provides “service for others”.
Downtown Business of the Year
Also introduced in 2014, the Downtown Business of the Year is awarded to an entity that has contributed to the Downtown Missoula community in extraordinary ways. The award honors a distinct Missoula business that supports Downtown projects, programs, or events with time, talent and treasure and gives back to the community in multiple ways.
Nominations are due by Tuesday, December 31.