Award winners to be honored at annual “State of Downtown” event in June

Salt Lake City (May 24, 2018) Exceptional contributions to Salt Lake City’s downtown will be recognized as part of the annual State of Downtown, presented by the Downtown Alliance. Awards will be presented during the Alliance’s annual meeting on June 27, at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, alongside reports benchmarking economic data and perceptions in the Central Business District.

Tickets for this typically sold-out event can be purchased at:

The four Downtown Achievement Award recipients for 2018 are the Vestar Corporation, Cultural Core: Salt Lake City and County Partnership, Salt Lake Tribune and Vasilios Priskos.

The following is text from the individual nominations, which came from community members:

Vestar Corporation:

“Have you seen The Gateway in the past couple of years? Local art, events, festivals, thousands of Utahns ringing in the new year, an exciting mix of new tenants – retail and corporate, food, wine, and more. Vestar has been a model corporate citizen inviting the community into its property and been a driving force in revitalizing the west side of our city. Along with the Vivint arena, entertainment has come alive on 400 West.”

Cultural Core: Salt Lake City & Salt Lake County:The Cultural Core is a game-changer for arts and culture in downtown Salt Lake. Through funds allocated by the City & County, the arts community will have a new platform to create and reach thousands of new followers.”

Salt Lake Tribune:

“The Pulitzer-Prize winning Salt Lake Tribune provides extensive coverage & promotion of downtown food, theatre, nightlife, concerts & events and consistently providing an alternative look at our culture and values. They have and will remain to be Utah’s independent voice.”

Vasilios Priskos:“A tireless champion of downtown, Vasilios Priskos should not only receive an award, he should have awards named after him. In addition to being a successful businessman, he was a friend to countless downtown businesses and played a pivotal role in downtown’s current renaissance. Let’s give this great man the recognition he deserves.”

State of Downtown Event Details

Downtown is in the midst of a remarkable transformation with new residents, businesses and buildings shaping our urban fabric. The State of Downtown will highlight the past year’s progress and build on this momentum to ensure our continued success.

A featured element of the program is a release of the annual Economic Benchmark Report. Compiled in partnership with CBRE, The Economic benchmark report evaluates the state of downtown’s economy by examining the development, employment, office leases, residential, hospitality, retail, culture, transportation and quality of life.

Past Achievement Award Winners

Gail Miller/The Miller Family, 111 Main, SLCPD Bike Patrol, Martine Cafe, Robin Hutcheson, Babs De Lay, Broadway Media Group, Senate Majority Whip Stuart Adams, Representative Brad Wilson, Deputy Chief Mike Brown, Tom Guinney, The Depot, Mayor Ben McAdams, Valter Nassi, Neumont University, Salt Lake City Greek Festival, SelectHealth, The Downtown Merchants Association, City Creek Center, Gallivan Plaza/RDA, The Twilight Concert Series, Dick Wirick, Scott Beck, Royal Eatery, Chief Chris Burbank, OC Tanner, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Mayor Ralph Becker, the Utah Jazz, Broadway Merchants, Zions Securities Corporation, Bill Knowles, XMission, Walker Center, Utah Transit Authority, Salt Lake City Weekly, Zim’s Crafts, Robert Farrington, Downtown Rising, Squatters, Bennion Jewelers, Mr. Mac, Fidelity Investments, The Summit Group, Discovery Gateway, LDS Business College, The Eccles Foundation, Utah Heritage Foundation, Wasatch Property Management, Big D Construction, Zions Bank, Cowboy Partners, Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral, Steven and Cleves Weber, Salt Lake City Council, Bishop H. David Burton, KUTV 2News, Meier and Frank, The Outdoor Industry Association, VNU Expositions, Salt Lake City Library, Clark Planetarium, Downtown Dine O’ Round, Mayor Rocky Anderson, The Gateway, Salt Lake City International Jazz Festival, Jess Agraz, Transportation Management Assoc., Tim Harpst, Salt Lake City Parking & Transportation, 2002 Olympic Winter Games, Davis County Transportation Tax Initiative, Rick Davis, The Wells Fargo Center, The Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, Salt Lake Art Center, Broadway Lofts, Zephyr Club, Utah Opera Company, TRAX-Utah Transit Authority, Hotel Monaco, Jon Schumann, Sr., FFKR Architects, Gastronomy, Inc., Repertory Dance Theatre, Ririe Woodbury, Gallivan Plaza, KSL Television, Hansen Planetarium, Salt Lake Convention & Visitors Bureau, Naylor Wentworth Architects, Bill Martin, J. Michael Martin, Cordant Technologies, Edwards & Daniels Architects, Living Traditions Festival, David Winder/Lou Watson, Greek Festival, Tony Caputo’s Market, Sam Weller, Gina Bachauer International Piano Foundation, Temple Square Concert Series, Utah Arts Festival, Downtown Farmers Market, Simmons Radio Group, Salt Palace Convention Center, Brownstone Building, The Metropolitan, I. J. Wagner, Overland Development, Art Access, City Creek Park and Brigham Historic Park, Salt Lake Chamber, KTVX, American Stores Company, Henderson Building, Artspace, California Tire & Rubber Co., Stephen Goldsmith, Fred Ball, Salt Lake County, American Investment Bank, First Night, KRCL, Rio Grande Neighborhood Council, George Hofman, Harris Simmons, Hal Clyde, Neal Stowe, Salt Lake Gallery Association, Exchange Place Partnership, Zivio Ethnic Arts Ensemble, KSL TV/Radio, Salt Lake Redevelopment Agency, Non-Profit Housing Corp., Peter Lassic, John Williams, Eddie Bauer, The Gap, Salt Lake City Arts Council, Deseret News, Verl Topham, Larry H. Miller

The Downtown Alliance is dedicated to building a dynamic and diverse community that is the regional center for culture, commerce and entertainment. For more information, visit

Downtown Alliance
Ryan Mack
(801) 859-3587