The Capital Crossroads and Discovery Special Improvement Districts held their 2022 Annual Meeting on Thursday, November 3rd at the Columbus State Community College: Center for Workforce Development. Executive director Marc Conte welcomed guests and supporters of downtown and presided over the election of trustees for each SID board.
Conte presented the 2022 Downtown Awards to businesses and individuals who have demonstrated dedication to downtown improvement. These included:
The PATH Homeless Outreach Team of Southeast Healthcare received a joint award of Outstanding Service from CCSID and DSID. The work of the PATH Team frequently intersects with both SIDs, allowing for many collaborative opportunities downtown.
The Westin Great Southern Columbus Hotel recently celebrated its 125th Anniversary, earning an award for Outstanding Achievement from Capital Crossroads SID. Over in the Discovery District, Vera on Broad, an affordable housing option for low and middle-income families, was recognized for Outstanding Achievement (pictured above).
Rebecca Deeds, the Neighborhood Program Specialist at the Columbus Department of Neighborhoods, was recognized by both SIDs as a 2022 Unsung Hero for her work that directly benefits the Far West Side and West Scioto Area Commissions, as well as Downtown and Northwest Columbus. Additionally, Carl Roberts, Homeland Security Coordinator, was recognized by both SIDs as an Unsung Hero. Carl has been a fantastic resource for the SIDs, providing vital information during periods of unrest—allowing our team to make the right decision during crucial moments.
Nannette Maciejunes, Executive Director of Columbus Museum of Art, received an award for Outstanding Neighborhood Commitment. Under her leadership, nearly $95 million was raised to renovate the existing museum facilities and build a new 50,000-square-foot wing. Nannette has worked to create a museum experience that is welcoming to all and intends to retire later this year.
Finally, Johnny Boykings and Eric Tyler were named CCSID and DSID Ambassador of the Year, respectively.
The event concluded with keynote speaker, Paul Levy, President and CEO of Center City District, Philadelphia, who discussed “Dynamic Downtown: The Path Forward." His speech addressed how central business districts, like Columbus, continue to be adaptive and resilient.
In case you missed it, you can watch the full recording of the event here. The passcode to watch the recording is P5+&+65G.