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.”
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