ICMA Certificate of Excellence (PDF)

ICMA Excellence Award 2015.pngThe International City/County Management Association (ICMA) is pleased to announce that Phoenix, Arizona, has been recognized for its data-driven management and reporting efforts with a Certificate of Excellence in Performance Management for 2017 (PDF). 

“Performance management is a bedrock principle of professional local government management,” ICMA Executive Director Marc A. Ott said. “By recognizing these leaders, ICMA hopes to encourage others to make a commitment to collect and analyze data, report it transparently, and use it to continuously engage their communities and improve their organizations." 

Certificates are based on established criteria and are awarded at three levels:  Achievement, Distinction, and the highest level of recognition, Excellence.  Recipients at all levels collect and verify data to ensure reliability, train staff in performance measurement, and report data to the public through budgets, newsletters, and/or information provided to elected officials. 

Certificates of Distinction are awarded to those who also provide comparative and benchmarking information to the public, use performance data in strategic planning and operational decision-making, and share their knowledge with other local governments through presentations, site visits, and other networking activities.  Certificates of Excellence go to those who also track and report key outcomes, survey residents and local government employees, incorporate data into performance dashboards or other visual communications, and foster the development of a performance culture throughout their organizations. 

Phoenix is among 25 jurisdictions receiving the Certificate of Excellence, and one of 57 recognized overall.  This is the sixteenth year that Phoenix has been recognized for its accomplishments since the certificates were first awarded in 2002. 

A complete list of recipients and examples of programs that exemplify the certificate criteria appear on the Certificate Program page on the ICMA website.

​​Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA​), Distinguished Budget Presentation Award(PDF)

​The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) presented a Distinguished Budget Presentation Award to the city of Phoenix for its current annual budget.  This is the 26th consecutive award for Phoenix.   The award reflects the commitment of the city to meeting the highest principles of governmental budgeting.  In order to receive the award, the city had to satisfy nationally-recognized guidelines for effective budget presentation.  It was presented after a panel of reviewers from across the country evaluated the document in four major categories: policy document, financial plan, operations guide, and communications device.  Budget documents must be rated "proficient" in all four categories and the 14 mandatory criteria within those categories.  This award is the highest form of recognition in governmental budgeting. 
2013 Sunshine Award

The nationally-known Sunshine Review organization recognized Phoenix with a 2013 Sunny Award, for exceeding transparency standards with content.  Phoenix has won a Sunny award for the fourth consecutive year.  The group's transparency checklist includes online disclosure of items like budget reports, elected official information, public meeting agendas and minutes, and contracts and public records.

​Curious about other city awards and recognition?

The city has won many other awards and honors.  Learn about other City awards and how the community rates city services.