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Presenting the 2022 Voice of the People Award Winners and Finalists

2022 voice of the people awards

Pictured above: ICMA Executive Director/CEO Marc Ott and Polco CEO Nick Matronardi

The Voice of the People Awards celebrate communities that excel at turning resident feedback into action.

Each year, ICMA and Polco present The Voice of The People Awards to local governments that demonstrate excellence in community engagement. The VOP awards are the only accolade given to communities based on the opinions of those who matter most—residents. 

The unveiling took place at the 2022 ICMA conference in Columbus, Ohio. Many of the winners demonstrate excellence (high scoring) or transformation (cities that improved over time) based on results from The National Community Survey® (The NCS®). The assessment measures resident opinions toward quality of life in their community. Others illustrate excellence in online engagement. Winners were then selected by a panel of judges based on how well the cities showcased their efforts in various categories. 

Screen Shot 2022-10-20 at 1.48.43 PMICMA Executive Director/CEO Marc Ott presented the award to attendees at the conference. Polco Director of National Engagement, Damema Mann, and Executive Manager, Bert Kane, stood in for communities that couldn't attend. 

“All of the winners have made their communities better places to live as a result of resident engagement,” said Angelica Wedell, Director of Marketing and Communications for Polco. “It’s inspiring to see these organizations listening to resident voices and acting on their feedback.” 

Polco is proud to announce this year’s winners. 

Excellence Winners

Scottsdale, Arizona: Excellence in Economy

VOPWinner2022_ScottsdaleAZPolco Director of National Engagement Damema Mann and Executive Manager Robert Kane presenting the award for winners who were not present at the 2022 ICMA conference.

Orland Park, Illinois: Excellence in Education, Arts, and Culture


Davidson, North Carolina: Excellence in Equity
and Inclusion and Engagement


Skokie, Illinois: Excellence in Mobility


Schaumburg, Illinois: Excellence in Health and Wellness


Coronado, California: Excellence in Natural Environment
and Parks and Rec


Eagan, Minnesota: Excellence in Online Outreach


Papillion, Nebraska: Excellence in Safety 


Cedar Park, Texas: Excellence in Utilities 



Transformation Winners

Cape Coral, Florida: Transformation in Economy


Surprise, Arizona: Transformation in Education, Arts and Culture


Buffalo Grove, Illinois: Transformation in Equity and Inclusion
and Engagement 


Fate, Texas: Transformation in Health and Wellness 


Cape Coral, Florida: Transformation in Mobility 


Estes Park, Colorado: Transformation in Natural Environment
and Parks and Rec


Shakopee, Minnesota: Transformation in Safety 


Davidson, North Carolina: Transformation in Utilities 




Gunnison County, Colorado: Transformation in Mobility


Eden Prairie, Minnesota: Excellence in Online Outreach


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