MDA Annual Awards

2019 Best Economic Development Over $1 Million
Geenen DeKock Properties Mixed Use and Parking Deck Development

The Michigan Downtown Association announced the winners of the 4th Annual MDA Awards on Thursday, November 5, during our virtual Annual Conference.  

There are eight award categories. Nominees for categories 1 through 6 must be MDA members and/or from MDA member communities. There is a complete list of MDA members on our web site.
  1. Best Downtown Economic Development Project Under 1 Million Dollars- Mix Coworking Studio, Downtown Middleville
  2. Best Downtown Economic Development Project Over 1 Million Dollars- Wagner Place, Downtown Dearborn
  3. Best Promotions & Marketing Project/Program: Small Town Under 10,000 Population- LOL Marketing Campaign, Downtown Lake Orion
  4. Best Promotions & Marketing Project/Program: Mid-size and Large Communities Over 10,000 Population- Show Your Love For Lyon, Lyon Township DDA
  5. Best Placemaking Project- Harris Park, Van Buren Township
  6. The People’s Choice Award! Each project submitted from categories 1-5 was featured on the MDA Facebook page, Michigan Downtowns, through September 21, 2020.  The project with the most ‘likes’ and ‘shares’ combined will receive the People’s Choice Award.  - Hoop Skirt Alley Project, Downtown Charlevoix
  7. MDA Volunteer of the Year (a volunteer activity for MDA, not in a community)- Pattie Rayl
  8. Lifetime Achievement (this person does not have to be an MDA member and can be anyone for any downtown in Michigan), Kenneth Nacci
  9. In appreciation of your support for Downtown Day - Governor Gretchen Whitmer
  10. In appreciation for your support of Social Districts and Cocktails To-go- Representative Michael Webber