The Urban Excellence Awards celebrates businesses, organizations, individuals, events, and projects that have made significant contributions toward creating a unique, vibrant and diverse downtown environment – and have made a lasting, positive impact on Downtown Tampa. Each year an awards jury representing a cross-section of Downtown constituencies select award winners honoring the leadership, innovation, hard work, talent, and community spirit. Brought to you by the Tampa Downtown Partnership, this program embodies the culture of Tampa's Downtown.
The top two finalists will be announced publicly and contacted directly in mid-January 2022.
It’s important to keep in mind that all nominations are submitted by the PUBLIC. The nomination submission window was open for a three-month-long period from September to January. We receive hundreds of submissions and from those public nominations, two finalists are selected from each category by our jury.
No! All nominations that are reviewed by the jury are 100% submitted by the public. Tampa Downtown Partnership staff does not partake in the nomination or selection process.
Great question! The Urban Excellence Awards is a two-part award program. All nominations are submitted by the public for all ten award categories. After the jury deliberates the top two finalists for each category is determined. They then anonymously vote on nine of the ten categories. The tenth category, People’s Choice, is voted on by the public over a three-week period.
Each nomination has two sections, one for the contact information of the individual who submits the nomination and another for the contact information of who is being nominated. If you are selected as a finalist, both you and who submitted on your behalf will be informed. In addition, after voting ends, we do our best to gather additional contact information for all finalists. If you would like to ensure we have your most up-to-date contact information, you can submit it via the subscribe form on www.tampasdowntown.com. We will contact all finalists via e-mail and all winners will be revealed on the night of the celebration.
Fingers crossed, but not necessarily! You’ll have to wait until event night to find out the winner of each category!
Yes! All nominees will be eligible for the People's Choice award.
Yes! The party is on! Tickets go live November 1st.
We pull out all the stops at the Urban Excellence Awards! It is a night to celebrate our Downtown and those that make it so special. The evening includes a VIP pre-party, cocktail hour for pre-dinner drinks, dinner, live music, performances, and more!
No! The party is open to the public! Anyone is welcome to join in on the celebration, show love and support our finalists!