2021 Annual Downtown Awards

Celebrate the Resiliency of Downtown Missoula

DESPITE COVID, 12 INDIVIDUALS NOMINATED FOR DOWNTOWN AWARDS 2020-21

Since 1986 the Missoula Downtown Association (MDA) has been honoring and recognizing individuals and businesses that contribute to the vibrant life and connectivity of Downtown Missoula. While the pandemic will prevent the Downtown community from gathering to celebrate, twelve individuals will be recognized and celebrated for their selfless contributions to a better Downtown Missoula. The six Downtown Award Winners will be shared with the Missoula community February 1-5 by video on Missoula Downtown’s Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.

Monday, February 1 (7pm, 7:15pm) – Missoula Downtown Association Board Member of the Year, Missoula Downtown Association Committee Member of the Year

Tuesday, February 2  (7pm) – Downtown Volunteer of the Year

Wednesday, February 3 (7pm) – Downtown Employee of the Year

Thursday, February 4 (7pm) – Downtown Business of the Year

Friday, February 5 (4pm) – Dan Cederberg Downtowner of the Year

 

The nominees for the 2020-21 Downtown Missoula Annual Awards are…..

Missoula Downtown Association 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.

  • Ashley Larkin, First Montana Bank

  • Jed Liston, University of Montana

The 2020 Missoula Downtown Association Board Member of the Year is…..

Downtown 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.

  • Tom Snyder, 5 on Black

 

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”.

  • Geoff Badenoch

 

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.

  • Shirstie Gaylord, owner Hometana

  • Shanti Johnson, Missoula Urban Transportation Dist.

  • Nathan McLeod, Missoula Parks & Recreation

The 2020 Downtown Employee of the Year is…..

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.

  • Missoula Broadcasting Company: Becky Smith

  • Missoula PaddleHeads: Peter & Susan Crampton Davis

 

  • Stockman Bank: Bob Burns

The 2020 Downtown Business of the Year is…..

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.

  • Eric Legvold, United Way

  • Amy Allison-Thompson, The Poverello Center

The 2020 Dan Cederberg Downtowner of the Year is…..