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Local Government Excellence Awards

Honoring creative contributions to professional local government management and increasing public awareness of the value of professional management to the quality of life in our communities.

 

 

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2017 Award NOMINATION information:

ICMA is using a new online nomination system this year.  Nominations will open soon. You must submit nominations through this system.

Program Awards Nominations

Professional Awards Nominations

Important Dates to Remember:

  • Tuesday, January 3: ICMA will begin accepting nominations for 2017
  • Wednesday, March 15: Deadline to submit a nomination for 2017
  • Early-June: Award Nominators will be contacted regarding results
  • Wednesday, October 25: Award recipients honored during the Celebration of Service Ceremony in San Antonio

YOU MUST BE LOGGED INTO YOUR ICMA ACCOUNT TO ACCESS THE ONLINE NOMINATION SYSTEM!

Questions: Contact Felicia Littky at (202) 962-3656 or flittky@icma.org  

ICMA's Local Government Excellence Awards celebrate the value of professional management and honors creative contributions to professional local government leadership. The Awards highlight public awareness of the value of professional management and its impact to the quality of life in our communities. An independent Awards Evaluation Panel comprised of  U.S. and international ICMA members selects each years' award recipients.

SUBMITTING A NOMINATION

1)    You must be logged into the ICMA website in order to submit a nomination.
a.    If you do not have an ICMA website account, you will need to set one up in order to submit the nomination.  Please set up your ICMA account here.  When setting up the account, use the email address at which you wish to receive communications from us regarding this submission.
2)    Once you are logged into the website, go to “my account”.  You will see “Awards” on the top blue menu bar.  Hover over the “awards” tab and you will see links to nominate either a Professional Excellence or Program Excellence Award.  Click on the appropriate tab.
3)    Alternately, if you are logged into the website you may go directly to the appropriate nominations page by following the links below
a.    Professional Excellence
b.    Program Excellence
4)    Follow the online prompts and be sure to fill out all information.  Do not forget to upload the narrative that needs to be included with the nomination, where appropriate.
5)    ALL NOMINATIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED BY MARCH 15, 2017

More information and details for submitting a Professional Excellence or Program Excellence Award is available!

 NOMINATIONS FOR 2017 WILL BE ACCEPTED JANUARY 3-MARCH 15, 2017

Categories and Eligibility

PROFESSIONAL AWARDS: Recognize individual achievement that may have been accomplished through tenure with a number of local governments or organizations. Individuals can be nominated in only one Professional Award category per year.

  • Award for Career Excellence in Memory of Mark E. Keane: Recognizes an outstanding chief local government administrator who has fostered representative democracy by enhancing the effectiveness of local elected officials and by consistently initiating creative and successful programs.
    Eligibility: ICMA full membership, a minimum of ten years of executive, senior-level service to the profession, and endorsement by a past or present elected official. This award is accompanied by a $5,000 stipend to promote professional development of local government managers, through the generous support of  ICMA-RC. The stipend award will run through 2018.
  • Award for Career Development in Memory of L. P. Cookingham: Recognizes an outstanding local government administrator who has made a significant contribution to the career development of new talent in professional local government management. 
    Eligibility:
    ICMA full membership.
  • Assistant Excellence in Leadership Award in Memory of Buford M. Watson, Jr:  Recognizes a local government management professional who has made significant contributions toward excellence in leadership while serving as an assistant (regardless of title) to a chief local government administrator or department head. 
    Eligibility: ICMA membership and endorsement of the CAO of nominee's jurisdiction. Must be full-time assistant reporting to a chief local government administrator or department head who has been responsible for significant administrative duties for at least one year (not including internships in conjunction with an academic program).
  • Academic Award in Memory of Stephen B. Sweeney: Recognizes a classroom instructor who has made a significant contribution to the formal education of students pursuing careers in local government.
    Eligibility: Unrestricted.
  • Early Career Leadership Award in Memory of William H. Hansell Jr: Recognizes an outstanding early-career local government professional who has demonstrated leadership, competency and commitment to local government as a profession. 
    Eligibility: 
    ICMA membership, less than ten years of service to local government, and endorsement by a past or present local government manager or elected official. This award is accompanied by a $5,000 stipend to promote professional development of early career local government professionals, through the generous support of ICMA-RC. The award will be offered for five years, starting in 2014 and running through 2018. Read about 2015 award recipient Kirsten Wyatt's use of the stipend here.

PROGRAM EXCELLENCE AWARDS: Presented to local governments and their chief administrators in recognition of their innovative and successful programs. Program Excellence Awards can have multiple recipients.

Awards are presented to local governments for each of three population ranges: less than 10,000, 10,000-49,999, and 50,000 and greater. Multi-participant nominations will be classified in the population range that corresponds to the population of the largest participating organization.

Any local government whose chief administrator is an ICMA full member is eligible to receive a Program Award. Local governments must limit their nominations to one program per category--with a maximum of four Program Award nominations per-year. Each nomination must be distinct from the others. Programs must have been fully implemented by January 31, 2016 to be eligible for nomination in 2017.

  • Community Health and Safety Awards recognize the local government programs or processes that demonstrate innovation, excellence, and success in the community's safety, health, and/or wellness, including enhancement in the quality of life for the disadvantaged. This category is sponsored in part in memory of Carolyn Keane, first wife of former ICMA Executive Director Mark Keane, and in memory of Bill and Alice Hansell, parents of former ICMA Executive Director Bill Hansell.
  • Community Partnership Awards recognize the programs or processes that demonstrate innovation, excellence, and success in multi-participant involvement between or among a local government and other governmental entities, private sector businesses, individuals, or nonprofit agencies to improve the quality of life for residents or provide more efficient and effective services.
  • Community Sustainability Awards recognize the innovative local government programs or processes that demonstrate innovation, excellence, and success in balancing that community's social, economic, environmental, and cultural needs.
  • Strategic Leadership and Governance Awards recognize the innovative and successful local government programs or processes that have significantly affected a local government organization's culture or strategic direction.

*The implementation date of January 31 of last year allows for the program to show at least a year's worth of success and progress for the awards evaluation panel to review.

2017 awards recognition

Recipients of the 2017 Local Government Excellence Awards will be recognized during ICMA's 103rd Annual Conference in San Antonio/Bexar County, TX,  October 22-25, 2017 as well as through the awards program booklet to be found in the October issue of PM Magazine.

Past Award program booklets

Past AwardS DISPLAY GALLERY POSTERS

Video Archives

  • ICMA-TV interview with 2016 recipients of Career Excellence, Career Development and Strategic Leadership & Governance Awards
  • ICMA-TV interview with 2016 recipients of Assistant Excellence in Leadership and Early Career Leadership Awards
  • ICMA-TV interview with 2014 recipients of Career Excellence, Career Development and Assistant Excellence in Leadership Awards.
  • ICMA-TV interview with 2014 recipients of Academic and Early-Career Leadership Awards.
  • ICMA-TV interview with City of Austin, City Manager, Marc A. Ott (recipient of 2013 Award for Career Excellence in Memory of Mark E. Keane and the Community Sustainability Award in populations over 50,000)
  • ICMA-TV interview with 2012 Professional Award Recipients.

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