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Celebrating the 2020 Voice of the People Awards Winners and Finalists

October 5, 2021
Celebrating the 2020 Voice of the People Awards Winners and Finalists

-By Julia Steege-Reimann-

National Research Center (NRC) / Polco and the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) proudly announce the winners and finalists of the 2020 Voice of the People (VOP) Awards!

The Voice of the People Awards (VOP) are the only awards given in local government based on the opinion of community residents. They are presented jointly by National Research Center (NRC) at Polco and the International City/County Management Association (ICMA). Award-winning communities have exceptionally high or impressively improved rankings on The National Community Survey™ (The NCS™). They also show evidence of taking smart actions based on The NCS data.

The awards also recognize communities that show leadership in online engagement.

“We love celebrating these communities for their innovation, dedication, and intentionality,” said Damema Mann, Director of National Engagement for NRC/Polco. 

The VOP Awards cover a variety of categories, such as Community Engagement, Safety, Mobility, Foundations of Livability, Recreation and Wellness, Education and Enrichment, Natural Environment, Built Environment, Economy, and Online Community Engagement.

“Congratulations Voice of the People Award Winners and Finalists,” said Nick Mastronardi, CEO of Polco. “We are very impressed with your efforts to engage your residents to move your communities forward.”

2. VOP Awards 2020 Map


Congratulations to the 2020 Voice of the People Award Winners and Finalists!

Excellence Winners and Finalists

  • Plymouth, Minnesota: Winner, Excellence in Safety
  • Village of Niles, Illinois: Winner, Excellence in Mobility
  • Gunnison County, Colorado: Finalist, Excellence in Mobility
  • Winter Garden, Florida: Winner, Excellence in Natural Environment
  • Gilbert, Arizona: Winner, Excellence in Built Environment
  • Sioux Falls, South Dakota: Winner, Excellence in Economy
  • Flower Mound, Texas: Winner, Excellence in Recreation and Wellness
  • Franklin, Tennessee: Winner, Excellence in Education and Enrichment
  • Franklin, Tennessee, Winner, Excellence in Community Engagement
  • Gilbert, Arizona: Winner, Excellence in Foundations of Livability
  • Boone, Iowa: Finalist, Excellence in Online Community Engagement
  • Bloomington, Minnesota: Winner, Excellence in Online Community Engagement

Transformation Winners & Finalists

  • Elk Grove, California: Winner, Transformation in Safety
  • Woodinville, Washington: Finalist, Transformation in Safety
  • Montgomery County, Maryland: Winner, Transformation in Mobility
  • Ashland, Massachusetts: Winner, Transformation in Natural Environment
  • La Vista, Nebraska: Winner, Transformation in Built Environment
  • Collinsville, Illinois: Winner, Transformation in Economy
  • Morristown, Tennessee: Winner, Transformation in Recreation and Wellness
  • Flower Mound, Texas: Winner, Transformation in Education and Enrichment
  • Port St. Lucie, Florida: Winner, Transformation in Community Engagement
  • Ashland, Massachusetts: Finalist, Transformation in Community Engagement
  • Palm Coast, Florida: Winner, Transformation in Foundations of Livability

View Our 2020 VOP Recipient Award Photo Gallery

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