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#ICYMI: 2015 Local Government Excellence Awards Added to Knowledge Network


ICMA’s Local Government Excellence Awards recognize the importance and value of local government management while highlighting creative and innovative programs. This year’s winners were announced at ICMA’s annual conference and acknowledged in the October 2015 issue of PM magazine.  All 87 submissions (each of which briefly describes a program and the problem it solved, implementation costs, and lessons learned) are now available on the Knowledge Network! To access them, go to the Knowledge Network documents and search “2015 Local Government Excellence Awards Program.”

The awards are organized into four categories (as noted below) and three population sizes in each category. I have highlighted the winning submissions below:

  • Community Health and Safety Award
    1. Populations 50,000 and greater: In Catawba County, North Carolina, created a public health-sponsored farmers market in 2013 to promote food security and healthy living in their communities. 
    2. Populations 10,000 to 49,999: This submission highlights a successful crime prevention initiative in Manly, New South Wales, Australia.
    3. Populations less than 10,000: No award conferred.
  • Community Partnership Award
    1. Populations 50,000 and greater: From 2000-2010 the city of Renton, Washington, experienced a growth in population and community diversity.  This local government partnered with community leaders and organizations to help build a more inclusive city.
    2. Populations 10,000 to 49,999: The CrossTown Connect program consists of five public and five private partners working together to help overcome transportation challenges in Massachusetts.
    3. Populations less than 10,000: No award conferred.
  • Community Sustainability Award
    1. Populations 50,000 and greater: This document describes how Onslow County, North Carolina, developed a successful and sustainable waste disposal program.
    2. Populations 10,000 to 49,999: The Eco Village is an innovative housing development that balances the needs of River Falls, Wisconsin, with its commitments to affordability and environmental stewardship.
    3. Populations less than 10,000: Basalt, Colorado, promoted sustainability and energy efficiency in its development of a micro-hydroelectric plant
  • Strategic Leadership & Governance Award:
    1. Populations 50,000 and greater: The community of Tamarac, Florida, is always changing.  This submission describes how local government management used executive leadership skills and citizen engagement to develop its strategic plan.
    2. Populations 10,000 to 49,999: To tap Sedona, Arizona’s, enthusiastic citizen base, local leadership restructured Sedona’s citizen engagement program.
    3. Populations less than 10,000: Hawthorn Woods, Illinois, used small business strategies when reorganizing its local government. 

2016 Nominations will be accepted starting in January.  Any program implemented prior to January 31, 2015 and not previously submitted or selected is eligible. For more information contact Felicia Littky at (202) 962-3656 or flittky@icma.org.

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It’s not too soon to think about what programs you’ll submit for the 2016 Local Government Excellence Awards!