-By Angelica Wedell-
National Research Center (NRC) / Polco and the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) proudly announce the winners and finalists of the 2019 Voice of the People (VOP) Awards!
Only top performing jurisdictions that best listen and act to benefit their communities receive these awards. The VOP Awards are based on responses from The National Community Survey™ (The NCS™), which features the largest public opinion benchmark database of its kind. Residents in winning communities reported the highest levels of satisfaction or improvement, compared with all other jurisdictions that participated in 2018.
New in 2019, communities that demonstrated the best use of Polco's online civic engagement platform were also recognized.
“These local governments are truly doing great things for their communities. They are improving every-day life for their residents,” said Damema Mann, Director of National Engagement for NRC/Polco.
The National Community Survey reports resident opinion and satisfaction with local government and services. Decision-makers then use results to inform budgeting, performance measurement and program planning. To date, the Voice of the People Awards are the only award given in local government based on community opinion.
Resident perspectives determined nominees for the very best of Community Engagement, Safety, Mobility, Foundations of Livability, Recreation and Wellness, Education and Enrichment, Natural Environment, Built Environment and Economy. A panel of judges then named the ultimate winners and finalists for each award category.
“We are honored to recognize the award winners and finalists on a national stage,” said Nick Mastronardi, CEO of Polco/NRC. “These communities are setting the standard in using public input data to deliver quality of life improvements, as well as building trust between residents and their local governments.”
Polco/NRC CEO Nick Mastronardi, Director of National Engagement Damema Mann, and ICMA CEO Marc Ott presented the 2019 Voice of the People Awards at the Annual ICMA Conference in Nashville, TN.