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MuniExLogoWeb2002020 AWC Municipal Excellence Awards

AWC’s Municipal Excellence Awards recognize innovative city projects that significantly improve the quality of life for their communities. The competition is open to any Washington city or town. Entries are submitted by category; each category has one winner. The five winners will be recognized at AWC’s Annual Conference this June in Kennewick.


What can you enter?

Here are the five categories:

Do you have an outstanding program that is improving your community? Have you partnered with others to make it happen? Stellar programs and initiatives need dedicated people and allocated resources to plan and implement them.

Has your city recently completed a project that has helped shape or redefine your community? Winning projects take time, resources, and detailed planning to perfectly execute. Projects highlight the things you love about your city and help connect residents to the things they need to live, learn, work, and play.

Small city success
Small cities have unique needs. It’s those unique needs that inspire small city innovations that other communities want to replicate. Cities and towns with populations less than 5,000 are encouraged to enter this category. Any type of project or program is eligible.

Race & equity
Race holds a place in our society’s most persistent patterns of social inequities and divisions. Share what your city has done to eliminate racial disparities, heal divisions, and build a safe community where people from all racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds thrive.

Sustainability is often defined as meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet theirs. Share a program or project that is moving into the future and shaping the economic, environmental, or social vision of your community.



Municipal Excellence entry form

Enter your city’s best project(s) with the form above

  • Review the judging section below for items that will be considered during judging. (400-word maximum)
  • You may also include photos or other materials that support your entry. Submit supporting materials to Materials will only be returned upon request.

Deadline is March 13.



New this year! Judging will be done by city members—your peers!. Here are the elements judges will look for when considering your project/program:

  • What is the value to the community?
  • Is the project innovative and forward thinking?
  • Did it look to partnerships to help get the job done?
  • Is it a model for other cities to use?


Need ideas?

muniex-buttonWe have a database full of Municipal Excellence entries dating back to 2000. Entries run the gamut including parks, treatment plants, youth engagement, master plans, permit streamlining, campaigns, markets, community engagement, revitalization, building projects, police/fire programs, videos/social media, and hundreds more. Browse through the entries to get ideas and check out what cities have entered in the past!



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