The Winners and Finalists of the 2018 Voice of the People Awards

-By Keifer Johnson

National Resource Center, Inc. (NRC), in collaboration with the International City/County Management Association (ICMA), is proud to announce the Winners and Finalists of the 2018 Voice of the People (VOP) Awards. These awards are given to top performing local governments that received the highest or most improved ratings from residents on The National Citizen Survey (The NCS) and took the best actions to benefit their communities.

“I’m proud of each and every one of the Winners and Finalists,” said NRC’s Damema Mann, principal researcher for The National Citizen Survey. Mann has managed hundreds of community surveys for well over a decade. “These cities, towns and counties have affected the lives of their residents in a profound way. The survey results prove that dedication to the community directly impacts day-to-day quality of life.”

The VOP Awards are the only awards given in local government based on the opinion of residents themselves. This marks the awards’ tenth and most competitive year. The 2018 VOP Awards recognize 15 unique jurisdictions out of a total of 99 local governments that participated in The NCS in 2017.

2018 VOP Awards Map with Badge

The Voice of the People Awards are given for Excellence (highest rated) or Transformation (most improved) in the following nine categories: Community Engagement, Safety, Mobility, Foundations of Livability, Recreation and Wellness, Education and Enrichment, Natural Environment, Built Environment and Economy.

Congratulations to the 2018 Voice of the People Award Recipients!

Pictured: NRC Senior Survey Associate Damema Mann and President Tom Miller present the VOP Awards to Winners and Finalists at the 104th Annual ICMA Conference in Baltimore, MD.

Albemarle County Voice of the People AwardAlbemarle County, VA. VOP Award Winner for Transformation in Safety.

 

Brownsburg, IN. VOP Award Winner for Transformation in Mobility.

 

Gilbert, AZ. VOP Award Winner for Excellence in Foundations of Livability.

 

Hamilton, OH. VOP Award Winner for Transformation in Economy and Transformation in Recreation and Wellness.

 

Jupiter, FL. VOP Award Winner for Excellence in Safety.

 

Lindsborg, KS. VOP Award Finalist for Transformation in Education and Enrichment.

 

Morrisville, NC. VOP Award Winner for Transformation in Community Engagement.

 

Palo Alto, CA. VOP Award Winner for Excellence in Natural Environment.

 

Papillion, NE. VOP Award Winner for Excellence in Built Environment.

 

Park City, UT. VOP Award Winner for Excellence in Mobility and Excellence in Recreation and Wellness.

 

Rock Hill, SC. VOP Award Winner for Transformation in Natural Environment, Transformation in Foundations of Livability, and Transformation in Built Environment

 

Sioux Falls, SD. VOP Award Winner for Excellence in Economy.

 

Suwanee, GA. VOP Award Winner for Excellence in Community Engagement.

 

White House, TN. VOP Award Winner for Transformation in Education and Enrichment.

 

Winter Garden, FL. VOP Award Finalist for Excellence in Economy.

See the full 2018 VOP Photo Album on Flickr

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