The Downtown Council annually recognizes individuals or individuals that represent a small business or organization who are passionate about making Downtown Kansas City a more vibrant place to live, work, and play with the Urban Hero Award.
The nominee should be someone who has improved the quality of life Downtown by enhancing the physical, social, business, retail, office, neighborhood, political, or work environment. Nominees should be passionate about making Downtown more vibrant – a small business or individual, an “unsung” hero or grassroots oriented. The awards will be directed by the following categories. It is envisioned that there will be one honoree in each category unless there are not enough qualifying nominations.
Restaurateur/Chef/Coffee Shop or Bar Owner
Sure, Downtown is an employment center, a place where people live in cool lofts and apartments, and filled with major cultural, sports and entertainment destinations, but what would that mean if there was nowhere to connect over coffee, enjoy a gracious lunch or experience a refreshing happy hour? This category will honor a restaurant that is uniquely creating a space for connectivity and community in Downtown KC.
Downtown Kansas City has many hidden gems – waiting to be found by urban explorers. Who knew there were 110 different places to shop in Downtown? This category will honor a retail store, gallery, or shopping experience that adds to the excitement and “Kansas Cityness” to the street-level environment of Downtown.
Downtown Kansas City is a place for art and innovation. Since 2015, our partner organization LaunchKC has attracted 38 tech startups to Kansas City. In 2017, there were over 1,500 arts-related businesses and artists Downtown. This category will honor an entrepreneur, innovator or artist making a difference for Downtown Kansas City.
Downtown Kansas City is a compassionate and caring neighborhood. This category will honor an individual who gives back to the Downtown community through volunteerism.
This category will honor an individual who has provided leadership and collaboration to connect the diverse communities within the greater Downtown area – either individually or via a business, organization or institution.
Award Honoree Will Receive
A video showcasing their work in the community. The 2018 Urban Heros video is below.
Experience Downtown Exhibition Booth
Each award winner will receive an opportunity to share their work and engage with Annual Luncheon attendees via a complimentary booth at the Experience Downtown Exhibition prior to the Annual Luncheon and at the Urban Hero Reception.
Recognition at the Urban Hero Reception
Each award winner will be recognised have the opportunity to give remarks at the Urban Hero Reception, held the night before the Annual Luncheon. The award winner will receive four complimentary tickets to this event.
Recognition at the DTC Annual Luncheon
Each award winner will be recognized at the Downtown Council Annual Luncheon, attended by 1,000 local business, non-profit and community leaders interested in the future of Downtown. The award winner will receive two complimentary tickets to this event.
To make a nomination for the Urban Hero Award, please complete the form by clicking on the button below. Nominations are due Friday, October 25th, at 5pm. Extended to November 8. Please contact Ann Holliday, email@example.com with any questions.