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2017 Municipal Excellence Awards winners announced!

AWC’s Municipal Excellence Awards recognize innovative projects that significantly improve the quality of life for citizens, establish partnerships, and build community support. The competition applauds a community’s achievement and encourages other cities to develop similar programs.

Winners are honored at AWC’s annual conference in June and entries are featured throughout the year on AWC’s website and in Cityvision magazine.

Entries are featured in AWC’s Cityvision magazine and you can see all entries from 2000 to the present in AWC’s Municipal Excellence database – includes project summary and contact information.

Award categories and winners

Community culture and art: Makers Square, Port Townsend
Makers Square is an artistic hub where renovated historic structures showcase community creativity. Port Townsend received the award due to the extensive partnerships that they draw from, thoughtful and innovative work, and long-term benefits to the city, region, and state.

Economic development: Vancouver Business Assistance Program, Vancouver
The Vancouver Business Assistance Program has helped grow more than 500 small businesses over three years. Vancouver’s simple but profound rethinking of the permitting process (getting out into the community) is unique. Their willingness to negotiate sewer leases and creative thinking about food trucks could work well in many cities.

Public works: Lillian and James Walker Park Project, Bremerton
Bremerton worked with state and federal partners to use a public works stormwater improvement project to develop a neighborhood park that benefits a low-income area of the city. The park provides the community a gathering place with water access and commemorates two of the city’s most impactful residents.

Small city success: Reinvigorating government, Tenino
Tenino takes the award for this example of the positive change that can occur in a community when people step forward and provide leadership. After a several-year stretch of turbulence at city hall, Tenino worked to restore the city’s sense of self-worth. In this case, it was led by a new mayor who turned around not just the way city hall was operating, but the attitude of the residents.

Youth: SeaTac Partnership with Tyee Educational Complex, SeaTac
SeaTac’s partnership with a local school helps provide young people with opportunities to learn about their community, cultivate an understanding of local municipal activities, engage in forward-thinking conversations, and build foundations for their career development. Additionally, the city benefits from showing young people that civil service employment is a realistic option for their futures.

Check out all the great city projects that have been entered over the years.

View all awards – includes project summary and contact information.