The 2017 Voice of the People Awards Winners and Finalists

-By Angelica Wedell

National Research Center, Inc. (NRC) is proud to announce the 2017 Voice of the People (VOP) Awards winners and finalists!  These awards are only given to top performing jurisdictions that best listen and act for the benefit their communities.

The Voice of the People Awards stand alone as the only award given in local government based on community opinion.  Residents in winning cities and towns either reported the highest or most improved levels of satisfaction compared with all other jurisdictions that participated in The National Citizen Survey (The NCS).

“This was one of the most competitive years for the VOP Awards I’ve ever seen,” said NRC Senior Survey Associate Damema Mann.  “This year’s award recipients showed real commitment to best practices, innovation and bettering quality of life for their residents.”  Mann has conducted hundreds of iterations of The NCS for more than a decade.

2017 Voice of the People Awards Map

2017 Voice of the People Awards Recipients Map

The National Citizen Survey reports resident opinion and satisfaction with local government and services with a scientific, representative sample approach.  Results are then used to inform budgeting, performance measurement and program planning.

The perspectives of the residents themselves determine VOP Awards 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.  NRC judges then review applications submitted by nominated jurisdictions to determine the winners and finalists.

The ninth annual Voice of the People Awards were presented by the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) and National Research Center, Inc. at the 103rd Annual ICMA conference in San Antonio, TX.

Congratulations to the 2017 Voice of the People Awards Recipients!

 

Pictured: NRC’s Damema Mann presenting the VOP Awards to the Winners and Finalists at the 103rd Annual ICMA Conference.

 

Bettendorf VOP WinnerBettendorf, IA.  VOP Award Winner for Transformation in Safety.

 

Boulder VOP WinnerBoulder, CO.  VOP Award Winner for Excellence in Recreation and Wellness.

Bowling Green VOP WinnerBowling Green, KY.  VOP Award Winner for Transformation in Built Environment.

Brookline VOP FinalistBrookline, MA.  VOP Award Finalist for Excellence in Mobility.

Cannon Beach VOP FinalistCannon Beach, OR.  VOP Award Finalist for Excellence in Natural Environment.

Chanhassen VOP Winner Chanhassen, MN.  VOP Award Winner for Excellence in Mobility.

Chanhassen VOP WinnerClive, IA.  VOP Award Finalist for Excellence in Built Environment.

Decatur VOP WinnerDecatur, GA.  VOP Award Winner for Excellence in Community Engagement.

Eagan VOP Winner Eagan, MN.  VOP Award Winner for Excellence in Safety.

Franklin VOP WinnerFranklin, TN.  VOP Award Winner for Excellence in Education and Enrichment.

Henderson VOP WinnerHenderson, NV.  VOP Award Winner for Transformation in Natural Environment.

Highland Park VOP FinalistHighland Park, IL.  VOP Award Finalist for Excellence in Recreation and Wellness.

La Vista VOP WinnerLa Vista, NE.  VOP Award Winner for Transformation in Education and Enrichment.

Marysville VOP WinnerMarysville, WA.  VOP Award Winner for Transformation in Mobility and Economy.

O'Fallon VOP FinalistO’Fallon, IL.  VOP Award Finalist for Transformation in Recreation and Wellness.

Paducah VOP WinnerPaducah, KY.  VOP Award Winner for Transformation in Recreation and Wellness.

Paradise Valley VOP WinnerParadise Valley, AZ.  VOP Award Winner for Excellence in Foundations of Livability.

Pearland VOP WinnerPearland, TX.  VOP Award Winner for Transformation in Community Engagement.

Scottsdale VOP WinnerScottsdale, AZ.  VOP Award Winner for Excellence in Economy.

St. Charles VOP FinalistSt. Charles, IL.  VOP Award Finalist for Excellence in Recreation and Wellness.

Urbandale VOP WinnerUrbandale, IA.  VOP Award Winner for Excellence in Built Environment.

Yountville VOP WinnerYountville, CA.  VOP Award Winner for Excellence in Natural Environment.

See the entire 2017 VOP Awards photo album on Flickr.

Featured Image: VOP Awards winners and finalists present at the 103rd Annual ICMA Conference with ICMA Executive Director Marc Ott.

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