City Recognition

​​​​​​​​Here is a listing of the many national and international awards and recognition the city has earned,  including:

  • The prestigious, Carl Bertelsmann Award for being the best-run city government in the world.
  • being named an All-America City five times by the National Civic League.

Questions about city awards and recognition? Contact the city's Communications Office at 602-262-7177.

 

 

 

South Mountain Park/Preserve Trails Master Plan: Crescordia Award245South Mountain Park/Preserve Trails Master Plan: Crescordia Award2018-10-08T07:00:00Z​The Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department's South Mountain Park/Preserve Trails Master Plan and Big Ramada Restoration Project received prestigious recognition at the 38th annual <a href="https://www.arizonaforward.org/" target="_blank">Arizona Forward</a> Environmental Excellence Awards Gala on Saturday, Oct. 6.<br><br>The <a href="/piosite/parks/southmtntrailplan">Trails Master Plan</a> earned the Crescordia Award in the category of Healthy Communities – Public Policy/Plans. The Crescordia Award is the highest honor given in each category. Approved by the Phoenix Parks and Recreation Board in April 2017, the plan identifies 51 miles of existing designated trails to be protected or improved and adopts 38 miles of existing non-designated trails into the designated trail system. It also adds 11 miles of new trails for connectivity and identifies 80 miles of non-designated trails to be revegetated back to natural condition. The plan was developed through a robust public involvement process that brought together the diverse user groups of the park. Feedback was collected from those various groups through a website and traditional public and stakeholder meetings.<br>
South Mountain Park/Preserve Big Ramada Restoration Project: Award of Distinction) 246South Mountain Park/Preserve Big Ramada Restoration Project: Award of Distinction) 2018-10-08T07:00:00ZThe Big Ramada Restoration Project earned an Award of Distinction in the category of Buildings and Structures – Civic and Historic Preservation. That project rehabilitated an historically significant structure that was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps during the Great Depression. Completed in spring 2018, the project included restoring the ramada's stone piers and replacing the wooden roof with steel framing and trim. Improvements also included upgrades to accessibility and landscaping, and installation of energy-efficient LED lighting. Interpretive signage was installed to educate park visitors about the history of the structure and the natural desert environment around it.<br><br>This project is part of a <a href="/piosite/parks/southmtntrailplan">multi-year infrastructure improvement plan</a> for South Mountain Park/Preserve that started in 2017. It is funded by the voter-approved Phoenix Parks and Preserve Initiative (PPPI). The park turns 100 years old in 2024.<br><br>Since its inception in 1969 as Valley Forward and its statewide expansion 44 years later, <a href="https://www.arizonaforward.org/" target="_blank">Arizona Forward</a> has mobilized the state's business leaders and policy makers to leverage their collective power to influence how to best grow communities, stimulate the economy and enhance the environment.<br>
2018 ICMA Certificate of Distinction in Performance Management2422018 ICMA Certificate of Distinction in Performance Management2018-09-01T07:00:00Z<p><img class="ms-rtePosition-2" alt="Certificate of Distinction" src="https://phoenix.gov/budgetsite/MediaAssets/ICMA_Certificate_of_Distinction_Award_logo_2018.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:220px;height:218px;" />The 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 Distinction for 2018. <br><br>“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." <br><br>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.<br><br>Phoenix is among 13 jurisdictions receiving the Certificate of Distinction and one of 57 recognized overall. This is the 17th year the city’s performance management efforts have been recognized by ICMA.<br><br>A complete list of recipients and examples of programs that exemplify the certificate criteria appear on the <a href="http://icma.org/en/icma/members/awards/cpm_certificate_program" target="_blank">Certificate Program page on the ICMA website</a>. ICMA will officially recognize recipients at its 104th Annual Conference in Baltimore, Maryland, September 23-26, and in the October 2018 issue of PM (Public Management) magazine.</p>
2018 Illuminating Engineering Society Award of Excellence Winner2272018 Illuminating Engineering Society Award of Excellence Winner2018-08-09T07:00:00Z<p>​The Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) and Smith Group recognized Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport for its Terminal 3 Modernization Project. The 2018 Illuminating Engineering Society Awards celebrates design excellence worldwide and selected Phoenix Sky Harbor as an Award of Excellence Winner. This award was provided to the airport due to an exceptional contribution to the art and science of light. On Aug. 9, Award recipients were honored at the Illumination Awards Gala held during the IES Annual Conference in Boston, Mass. <a href="https://www.ies.org/events/illumination-awards/ies-awards-of-merit-2018/">https://www.ies.org/events/illumination-awards/ies-awards-of-merit-2018/</a></p>
Level 1 Partner in Public Health Preparedness226Level 1 Partner in Public Health Preparedness2018-08-01T07:00:00Z<p>​The Maricopa County Department of Public Health (MCDPH) recognized Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport as a Level 1 Partner in Public Health Preparedness. The MCDPH also recognized and awarded Emergency Preparedness Manager Chris Rausch for his assistance in assuring the airport was prepared to help facilitate the distribution of 50,000 doses of medicine for airport staff and their families. </p>
Brian Pugh Outstanding Training Officer Award 225Brian Pugh Outstanding Training Officer Award 2018-07-26T07:00:00Z<p>​Aviation Fire Department Captain Brian Snodgrass won the Brian Pugh Outstanding Training Officer Award and was recognized by the ARFF Working Group Awards Program. Each year, the group selects one training officer in the country to be awarded for their achievements in advancing aviation fire protection, prevention, operations, equipment, training, management, and media participation. The ARFF Working Group will host their annual conference in August 2018 in Memphis, Tennessee, where Brian will be formally presented his award. </p>
APRA Partnership Award: APS Electric Light Parade244APRA Partnership Award: APS Electric Light Parade2018-07-26T07:00:00Z​The city of Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department and Arizona Public Service (APS) is the recipient of the Arizona Parks and Recreation Association's (APRA) 2018 Partnership Award for their work producing the <a href="/piosite/parks/elp">APS Electric Light Parade</a>. APRA's annual awards ceremony was held on Wednesday at Westin Kierland Resort.<div><br></div><div>APRA's Partnership Award recognizes the collaborations of public/private groups or agencies that have made significant contributions to the field of parks, recreation, and/or cultural services.</div><div><br></div><div>For 31 years, the parade has taken to the streets of central Phoenix on the first Saturday of December. It is a free event where families, neighborhood groups and businesses from around the city come together to celebrate the joy of the holiday season. Hundreds of thousands of spectators line the parade route every year. In 2017, the parade set a record of more more than 90 entries and 1,600 participants.<br><br>The 2018 <a href="/piosite/parks/elp">APS Electric Light Parade</a> will be held on Saturday, Dec. 1 at 7 p.m.<br></div>
Leading Utilities of the World Honor236Leading Utilities of the World Honor2018-07-01T07:00:00Z<p> Leading Utilities of the World is a network of the world's most forward-thinking water and wastewater utilities, as defined by the network's 14 distinct innovation areas. Its members represent the gold standard of utility innovation and performance. The actions of Phoenix Water Services have reduced water consumption rates by an impressive 30% in the last two decades, saving 1.9 trillion liters of water.<br><img alt="Award winners" src="/piosite/MediaAssets/w01.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br>New members during the LUOW network at The Singapore International Water Week including Phoenix Water Services Director Kathryn Sorensen (middle).</p>
NACWA Platinum Peak Awards237NACWA Platinum Peak Awards2018-07-01T07:00:00Z<p>​The National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) recognized the 23rd Avenue Wastewater Treatment Plant with a Platinum Award which recognizes 100% compliance over a consecutive five-year period. NACWA also recognized the 91st Avenue Wastewater Treatment Plant with their Silver Award for no more than five violations per calendar year. Water Services Department staff experience, education, and technical expertise contributed to this major accomplishment. </p><p><img alt="treatment plant employees" src="/piosite/MediaAssets/w02.jpg" style="margin:0px;width:475px;height:268px;" /><br>91st Avenue Wastewater Treatment Plant employees<br><br></p>
Grand Phelix Award211Grand Phelix Award2018-06-28T07:00:00Z<p>The Street Transportation Department is excited to share the recent accomplishment of the Office of the City Engineer as its Design and Construction Procurement team was presented with the inaugural Grand Phelix Award from the Arizona Chapter of the Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS).  The Annual Phelix Awards recognize excellence in marketing communications and celebrates achievements by Architecture/Engineering/Construction (A/E/C) marketing and business development professionals. This year, a new award, the Grand Phelix Award was introduced. The Grand Phelix Award is reserved for owners, and recognizes owners who support and/or had the largest impact on the local architecture/engineering/construction (A/E/C) industry. <br> <br>On June 28, 2018, SMPS presented the Grand Phelix Award to City Engineer Kini Knudson and Procurement Manager Kandi Kawolsky for Phoenix's efforts in transparency to the A/E/C communities, training and participation resources for consultants and contractors on capital improvement project selection panels, and openness for providing firms with opportunities for topical discussions through industry relevant roundtables. In presenting this award, the selection committee considered the overall perception of the working relationship with City, the participation of the City with A/E/C community associations and feedback received from A/E/C consultants and contractors in working with the City at various stages of the selection process.  The Street Transportation Department congratulates the Office of the City Engineer and the Design and Procurement Section for their collaboration, innovation and dedication to building relationships and nurturing success of A/E/C consultants and contractors as together they work in building the future of Phoenix!</p><p><img alt="Street Award Winners" src="/piosite/MediaAssets/streets_award.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /></p>
Top 5 Best Airports for Business Travelers224Top 5 Best Airports for Business Travelers2018-06-15T07:00:00Z​Phoenix Sky Harbor was listed in the Top 5 Best Airports for Business Travelers List ranking #3. The airport was also recognized because 83 percent of all flights arrived on time in 2017: <a href="https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20180613005264/en">https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20180613005264/en</a><br>
Patriot Award from Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve228Patriot Award from Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve2018-05-17T07:00:00Z<p>​Communications Dispatcher Erick Araiza nominated his supervisor, Rafaela Galvan, who received the Patriot Award for her dedication at helping make his transition between his job and his military service as seamless as possible. From serving as the bridge between him and Human Resources to proactively requesting a copy of his drill dates to recommending places to eat in areas where he would drill, Rafaela has gone above and beyond. He noted that she has always had a positive attitude towards his military service which has allowed him to accomplish his mission without having to worry about his job while he is gone. The award was presented by the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve. <a href="https://www.esgr.mil/Employer-Awards/Patriot-Award">https://www.esgr.mil/Employer-Awards/Patriot-Award</a></p>
Celebration of Women Award from Achieving My Purpose223Celebration of Women Award from Achieving My Purpose2018-04-19T07:00:00Z<p>​Assistant Aviation Director Charlene Reynolds was recognized by the Achieving My Purpose organization, winning the Celebration of Women Award for her work and leadership at the City of Phoenix Aviation Department and Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. <a href="http://www.achievingmypurpose.org/celebration-of-women.html">http://www.achievingmypurpose.org/celebration-of-women.html</a></p>
2018 Arizona Transit Association Awards2122018 Arizona Transit Association Awards2018-04-12T07:00:00Z<p>The Arizona Transit Association (AzTA) hosted its 31st annual conference in Tucson in early April. This year's conference aimed to recognize Forward Focus by "embracing partnerships that benefit the users of public transportation." The city of Phoenix Public Transit Department was recognized with two awards.</p><p> <img alt="Transit Team received award" src="/piosite/MediaAssets/award_tranist_02.jpg" style="margin:5px 0px;" /> <br> <br>The first award presentation was in the "<strong>Outstanding Transit Organization/Partnership of the Year (Large Urban)" </strong>category, which recognized Phoenix's 2017 efforts in implementing T2050 improvements. Highlights of the nomination included: the increase of 6.5 percent in local bus ridership, including a 25 percent increase on weekends; the improvements to Route 122 that led to a 300 percent spike in ridership; and the continued advancement of light rail projects.<br><br>The second award was in the "<strong>Transit Innovation of the Year</strong>" category, which recognized the partnership between the city of Phoenix and Lyft in offering discounted Lyft service in bridging the First Mile, Last Mile gaps of service in areas of Phoenix with limited transit options. The award acknowledged the unique public-private partnership as the city was able to secure this discount for transit users through a bus shelters advertising trade with Lyft throughout the city. </p><p> <img alt="Councilwoman Kate Callego received an award" src="/piosite/MediaAssets/award_transit_01.jpg" style="margin:5px 0px;" /> <br> <br>In addition to the recognition the department received, Phoenix Councilwoman Kate Gallego was also honored with the "<strong>Ed Pastor Friend of Transit</strong>" award for her accomplishments and continued support for transit in the region. The efforts recognized by AzTA are a testament to the hard work of the dedicated staff of the Public Transit Department and the city of Phoenix in serving its residents.</p>
Waste360’s 40 Under 40 award in April229Waste360’s 40 Under 40 award in April2018-04-01T07:00:00Z<p>​2018 Lucas Mariacher, Zero Waste Coordinator was awarded the Waste360’s 40 Under 40 award in April 2018. The awards honor the next generation of leaders who are shaping the future of the waste and recycling industry. </p><p><img alt="Award Winner" src="/piosite/MediaAssets/PW_01_Lucas.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:400px;height:533px;" /></p>
Hope in the Face of AIDS, International Alliance for the Prevention of AIDS219Hope in the Face of AIDS, International Alliance for the Prevention of AIDS2018-03-24T07:00:00Z<p>​The International Alliance for the Prevention of AIDS (IAPA) presented Mayor Greg Stanton with the Hope in the Face of AIDS award at the 12th annual Hope in the Face of AIDS Gala dinner for his ongoing efforts to end the spread of HIV/AIDS. In October 2016, Mayor Stanton and the Phoenix City Council authorized Phoenix to join the <strong>Fast-Track Cities Initiative</strong><strong>.</strong> The initiative aims to strengthen HIV programs and leverage resources to end AIDS by 2030.</p><p><img alt="Mayor Stanton at the awards ceremony" src="/piosite/MediaAssets/award_mayor_04.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /></p>
10 Best Airport Shopping Contest22210 Best Airport Shopping Contest2018-03-15T07:00:00Z<p>​USA Today featured Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport on the 10 Best Airport Shopping Contest. The airport took second place just behind Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport. <a href="https://www.10best.com/awards/travel/best-airport-for-shopping/">https://www.10best.com/awards/travel/best-airport-for-shopping/</a></p>
Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) Operations Manager of the Year232Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) Operations Manager of the Year2018-03-10T07:00:00Z<p>Stacy Hettmansperger was awarded Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) Operations Manager of the Year. She manages the 27th Avenue Transfer Station. </p><p><img alt="award winner" src="/piosite/MediaAssets/PW_03.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:400px;height:533px;" /></p>
Sky Harbor “Cake of the Week” from Airline Network News and Analysis221Sky Harbor “Cake of the Week” from Airline Network News and Analysis2018-03-01T07:00:00Z<p>Airline Network News and Analysis has awarded Sky Harbor “Cake of the Week” for its Montreal launch event last week. Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton and mayors from across the state gathered at Terminal 4 Thursday, March 1, to celebrate the start of nonstop service to Montreal, Quebec, Canada, on Air Canada Rouge. Read the story at <a href="https://www.anna.aero/2018/03/07/phoenix-proudly-presents-cake-week-prize/">https://www.anna.aero/2018/03/07/phoenix-proudly-presents-cake-week-prize/</a></p>
Third Best Airport for Transit from TravelBank220Third Best Airport for Transit from TravelBank2018-02-27T07:00:00Z<p>​TravelBank is sharing its list of the best and worst airports for transit in the nation. In the study linked below, drive time, public transportation time and pricing data for journeys to each of the top 30 U.S. airports starting from specific central downtown locations were sourced. By analyzing the average drive time and transportation time, along with comparing the cost of public transportation and pre-booked UberX pricing, TravelBank was able to determine the best and worst airports in the country for transit.</p><p>Clocking the second cheapest Uber fare ride of just $12 helps Phoenix Sky Harbor International rank as the <strong>third best airport for transit</strong>. The quick average drive time of 12 minutes and the proximity of the airport to downtown also plays into its favor like Boston, Las Vegas and San Diego. In addition, Phoenix has one of the faster public transportation options in the country with it taking only 20 minutes to reach the airport from downtown.</p><p>Source <a href="https://travelbank.com/blog/news/best-worst-airports-transit-2018/">https://travelbank.com/blog/news/best-worst-airports-transit-2018/</a></p>
Champion of Transit, Friends of Transit218Champion of Transit, Friends of Transit2018-02-16T07:00:00Z<p>​Mayor Greg Stanton was presented with the Champion of Transit award by the Friends of Transit. Stanton was recognized for his long-time commitment to expanding and improving public transit, including his leadership on Transportation 2050.</p>
Small Business Advocate Award, U.S. Conference of Mayors and Partner America217Small Business Advocate Award, U.S. Conference of Mayors and Partner America2018-02-07T07:00:00Z<p>​The U.S. Conference of Mayors and Partner America today presented Mayor Greg Stanton with the Small Business Advocate Award to recognize his support of small businesses and championing policies that help local small business. </p><p>Stanton has made supporting small businesses a priority. During his time as mayor, the City has adopted several measures to help small businesses get started and succeed.</p><p><img alt="Mayor Stanton, Councilwoman Stark and staff accepted the award." src="/piosite/MediaAssets/award_mayor_03.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /></p>
2018 Arizona State University Walton Sustainability Solutions High Five for the Future Award2302018 Arizona State University Walton Sustainability Solutions High Five for the Future Award2018-02-01T07:00:00Z<p>​This award is in recognition of the invaluable partnership between the city of Phoenix and ASU Walton Sustatinability Solutions in helping to solve sustainabilty challenges, educate future leaders and engage the public since 2013. </p><p><img alt="award" src="/piosite/MediaAssets/PW_02.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:400px;height:534px;" /></p>
2018 Finalist in The Circulars 2018 Awards for Circular Economy Public Sector2312018 Finalist in The Circulars 2018 Awards for Circular Economy Public Sector2018-02-01T07:00:00Z​The city of Phoenix Public Works Department’s Reimagine Phoenix Initiative took a spot as one of the five public sector finalists which recognizes the world’s most inspiring individuals and organizations across the globe making notable contributions to the circular economy – where materials are designed for future reuse and at the end of their life become a potential resource rather than trash. 
Distinguished Budget Presentation Award243Distinguished Budget Presentation Award2018-01-01T07:00:00Z<img class="ms-rtePosition-2" alt="Budget award logo" src="https://phoenix.gov/budgetsite/MediaAssets/GFOA%20logo%20d_051160.jpg" style="margin:5px;" />The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) presented a <a href="http://www.gfoa.org/2017-results-distinguished-budget-presentation-award" target="_blank">Distinguished Budget Presentation Award</a> to the city of Phoenix for its current annual budget.  This is the 27th consecutive award for Phoenix.   The award reflects the commitment of the city to meeting the highest principles of governmental budgeting. <br><br>It represents a significant achievement by the organization.  It reflects our commitment to meeting the highest principles of governmental budgeting.<br><br>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. <br><br>This award is the highest form of recognition in governmental budgeting.  There are over 1,600 participants in the awards program.
Cities4ZeroWaste, C40 Cities Bloomberg Philanthropies Awards214Cities4ZeroWaste, C40 Cities Bloomberg Philanthropies Awards2017-12-05T07:00:00Z<p>​The City of Phoenix was one of 10 cities globally honored for taking major climate action. Phoenix was recognized for its Reimagine Phoenix initiative putting the city on a track to reach zero waste by 2050. Mayor Stanton accepted the award on behalf of the City of Phoenix. </p><p><img alt="Mayor Stanton accepting the award " src="/piosite/MediaAssets/award_mayor_01.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /></p>
Public Official of the Year, Governing Magazine213Public Official of the Year, Governing Magazine2017-11-14T07:00:00Z<p>​One of the nation's leading publications for the public sector has named Mayor Greg Stanton one of its public officials of the year. Stanton is the only mayor among the officials from across the country GOVERNING honored as the most outstanding leaders in state and local government. <br><br>Stanton is the first Arizona mayor to receive this recognition. GOVERNING cited Stanton's success in strengthening Phoenix's economy after the Great Recession, as well as his steady leadership on making the City more sustainable and investing in transportation infrastructure.  <br><br>GOVERNING is a national publication that provides independent, nonpartisan coverage of state and local government. Each year since 1994, the Public Officials of the Year program has recognized leaders from state, city and county government who exemplify the ideals of public service. </p>
Arizona Forward Award of Merit 2017233Arizona Forward Award of Merit 20172017-09-23T07:00:00Z<p>Arizona Forward Award of Merit 2017 for Phoenix Green Business Leader Program.</p><p><img alt="award winner" src="/piosite/MediaAssets/PW_04.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:400px;height:300px;" /></p>
Arizona Forward Award of Merit 2017234Arizona Forward Award of Merit 20172017-09-23T07:00:00Z<p>​2017 Arizona Forward Award of Merit for the 27th Avenue Compost Facility .</p><p><img alt="award winner" src="/piosite/MediaAssets/PW_05.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:400px;height:325px;" /></p>
2017 Copper Anvil Award of Merit, Integrated Communications 2352017 Copper Anvil Award of Merit, Integrated Communications 2017-09-07T07:00:00Z<p>The Public Works department was awarded a ​2017 Copper Anvil Award of Merit in the category of Integrated Communications for the Top 10 in the Bin reycling campaign. This is a program that recognizes outstanding public relations tactis and campaigns, reflecting the highest standards of performance in public relations.</p>
Arizona Forward Governor’s Award for Arizona’s Future” 238Arizona Forward Governor’s Award for Arizona’s Future” 2017-09-01T07:00:00Z<p>​<a href="https://www.arizonaforward.org/">Arizona Forward</a> awarded its prestigious Governor's Award for Arizona's Future to the City of Phoenix Water Services Department for its landmark 2017 agreement with the Gila River Indian Community to preserve endangered Colorado River water in Lake Mead. Phoenix received nine awards at Arizona Forward's 37th Annual Environmental Excellence Awards, including four Crescordia Awards, the highest honor in each category.</p><p> <img alt="Award winners" src="/piosite/MediaAssets/w03.jpg" style="margin:0px;" /></p><p>Water Services Director Kathryn Sorensen (left), and Water Resources Management Advisor Cynthia Campbell (right) accept the award.</p>
Utility of the Future Today239Utility of the Future Today2017-08-01T07:00:00Z<p>​Recognizes and celebrates the achievements of forward-thinking, innovative water utilities that are providing resilient value-added service to communities.</p><p><img alt="award logo" src="/piosite/MediaAssets/w04.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br><br></p><p> </p>
Outstanding Achievement Large City 2017 City Livability Award215Outstanding Achievement Large City 2017 City Livability Award2017-06-28T07:00:00Z<p>​Mayor Greg Stanton and the City of Phoenix have been awarded an Outstanding Achievement Large City 2017 City Livability Award at the 2017 City Livability Awards Program during the recent U.S. Conference of Mayors' 85th Annual Meeting.</p><p>The award recognizes mayoral leadership in developing and implementing programs that improve the quality of life in America's cities, focusing on the leadership, creativity, and innovation demonstrated by the mayors.  This year's winning cities were selected by former mayors from a pool of over 150 applicants. </p><p>The city of Phoenix was recognized for the work surrounding the Phoenix Transportation 2050 Plan (T2050), a $31.5 billion, 35-year comprehensive plan to improve existing transit services, such as local bus and Dial-a-Ride, expand high-capacity transit with light rail and bus rapid transit, as well as bolster street improvements. This plan makes Phoenix a more mobile and livable city by providing connections to diverse destinations across the metro area.</p>
Highest Performing Government, Governing Magazine Equipt to Innovate Survey216Highest Performing Government, Governing Magazine Equipt to Innovate Survey2017-05-24T07:00:00Z<p>​Mayor Greg Stanton and <em>Governing</em> President Cathilea Robinnet announced today that Phoenix was named the Top Performing City Overall by <em>Governing </em>and Living Cities through the first-ever national "Equipt to Innovate" survey. </p><p>Equipt to Innovate is a new initiative launched by <em>Governing</em> and Living Cities. It is an integrated, collaborative framework of seven essential elements that define high-performance government and empower innovation. It is also an invitation for cities to work together, learn from each other and help drive better outcomes for their communities. The seven Equipt elements are: Dynamically Planned; Broadly Partnered; Resident-Involved; Race-Informed; Smartly Resourced; Employee-Engaged; and Data-Driven. Cities from across the country participated in the inaugural 2016 Equipt survey, assessing their capacity and competence in these seven key areas. </p><p> <img alt="City Manager, Mayor Stanton, Councilmembers and staff at the award ceremony." src="/piosite/MediaAssets/award_mayor_02.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /> </p>
Outstanding Achievement in Local Government Innovation Award207Outstanding Achievement in Local Government Innovation Award2017-04-21T07:00:00Z​PHXteens Program Earns Outstanding Achievement Award<br><br>The city of Phoenix <a href="/piosite/parks/teens" target="_blank"></a><a href="/piosite/parks/teens" target="_blank">PHXteens program</a> is the recipient of the Alliance for Innovation’s Outstanding Achievement in Local Government Innovation Award. Parks and Recreation Department staff members will accept the award at the Alliance’s Transforming Local Government Conference in Tulsa, Okla., Friday.<br><br>Developed to help teenagers better connect with the community and realize their full potential, the PHXteens program launched in September 2016 and is facilitated out of eight community and recreation centers located throughout the city. During its inaugural year, 233 teens registered for the program. Additionally, teens participated in 31 cultural and 24 recreational field trips, 70 teen council meetings, 28 workshops, and 2,439 volunteer hours. <br><br>“I’m so proud of the Parks and Recreation staff for their work in creating and guiding this worthwhile initiative,” said Vice Mayor Laura Pastor, who also serves as chairperson of the Parks, Arts, Education and Equality City Council Subcommittee. “It’s important that we explore innovative ways to bring much-needed services to underserved communities which lack adequate amenities. The enrichment opportunities that the PHXteens program offers will not only teach our city’s at-risk youth how to make informed lifestyle choices, it will give them the tools necessary to become responsible adults. I couldn’t be more proud of this new resource and am excited to witness how it develops over time.”<br><br>Innovation Award recipients were chosen from more than 30 applications received by a multi-member selection committee consisting of city and county managers from across the nation and Alliance for Innovation staff. The committee looks for governments that have shown dedication to stretching and improving the boundaries of day-to-day operations and practices, implementing creative business processes and improving the civic health of the community.<br><br>This is the second consecutive year a city of Phoenix initiative was honored by the Alliance for Innovation, with the <a href="/piosite/news/parks" target="_blank"></a><a href="/piosite/news/parks" target="_blank">FitPHX program receiving the Outstanding Achievement Award in June 2016</a>.
​​Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA​), Distinguished Budget Presentation Award​206​​Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA​), Distinguished Budget Presentation Award​2016-12-19T07:00:00Z<p>​​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 catergories and the 14 mandatory criteria within those categories.  This award is the highest form of recognition in governmental budgeting. </p>
Performance Excellence210Performance Excellence2016-12-07T07:00:00Z​The Southwest Alliance for Excellence (SWAE) has recognized the Phoenix Convention Center (PCC) as one of six recipients of SWAE’s 2016 Performance Excellence Program. The program honors organizations in different industries for excellence in quality, performance and results, and is modeled after the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award Program. PCC completed a comprehensive organizational profile and mid-level application, answering questions assessing seven different criteria: Leadership, Strategy, Customers, Measurement, Workforce, Operations and Results. A team of expert SWAE examiners met with Convention Center staff for a multi-day site visit to verify and clarify information in the application.<br><br>“The Phoenix Convention Center is honored and excited about SWAE recognizing our ongoing commitment to excellence,” said PCC Director John Chan. “We look forward to working with SWAE, guiding our team to pursue continuous improvement, employee engagement, customer satisfaction and performance outcomes.<br><br>”The SWAE process is the latest step in PCC’s organizational evolution, which includes a “Guest Service Promise” to enhance customer experience and “Pillars of Excellence” setting high standards for employees.<br><br>“SWAE is proud to continue empowering organizations to pursue performance excellence, improve outcomes and contribute to the economic strength of their community and state,” said SWAE Executive Director Karen Shepard. “This evaluation process and feedback is one of the best methodologies available to help develop a higher level of organizational performance.”<br><br>Other organizations that SWAE is recognizing with Performance Excellence Awards this year are the Nathan Adelson Hospice, Las Vegas (Achievement Award). Along with PCC, the following organizations are Commitment Award recipients: Montevista Hospital, Las Vegas; Bristol Global Mobility in Phoenix; Scottsdale Medical Imaging and the Yuma Regional Medical Center.
AMWA Platinum Award for Utility Excellence240AMWA Platinum Award for Utility Excellence2016-10-01T07:00:00Z<p>​Associations of Metropolitan Water Agencies (AMWA) Platinum Award for Utility Excellence. AMWA President Scott Potter (left), and Water Services Director Kathryn Sorensen (right).</p><p><img alt="award winnrers" src="/piosite/MediaAssets/w05.jpg" style="margin:0px;" /></p>
Governor's Award for Arizona's Future241Governor's Award for Arizona's Future2015-09-01T07:00:00Z<p>​<a href="https://www.arizonaforward.org/">Arizona Forward</a> awarded its prestigious Governor's Award for Arizona's Future to the City of Phoenix for its landmark agreement with the Gila River Indian Community to preserve endangered Colorado River water in Lake Mead. Phoenix received nine awards total at Arizona Forward's 37th Annual Environmental Excellence Awards, including four Crescordia Awards, the highest honor in each category.</p><p> <img alt="award winners" src="/piosite/MediaAssets/w06.jpg" style="margin:0px;" /><br>City councilor Thelda Williams (right) accepts the award.</p>
Environmental Excellence Awards208Environmental Excellence Awards2015-09-01T07:00:00Z​The city of Phoenix has been recognized by Arizona Forward for its outstanding contributions to the physical environment of our local communities.  The city received nine awards in various categories during the association's 35th Annual Environmental Excellence Awards ceremony, including two of the coveted Crescordia Awards which are given as the highest honor in each category.<br><br>"Being recognized by Arizona Forward like this is an incredible testament to the strides we have made as a city, in a relatively short time, to become more sustainable," said Mayor Greg Stanton.  "It shows that Phoenix is now leading the way when it comes to environmental excellence."<br><br>CRESCORDIA AWARDS <ul><li>Art in Public Places: <br>- Phoenix Sky Harbor Terminal Three Sky Train Station <a href="https://skyharbor.com/pdf/haakuacoma.pdf">Platform</a> and <a href="https://skyharbor.com/pdf/dinenavajo.pdf">Bridge</a> (City of Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture)<br></li><li>Governor's Award for Arizona's Future: <br>- Team Arizona Colorado River Shortage and Drought Preparedness (City of Phoenix Water Services Department, Central Arizona Water Conservation District, Arizona Department of Water Resources Partnership)</li></ul>"By working with our partners, we are pulling together to build resilience and implement innovative water management strategies to ensure dependable water supplies. These collaborative efforts have significantly increased the resiliency of Arizona's water supplies and this award recognizes that important work," said Councilwoman Thelda Williams, chair of the City Council's Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee. <br> <br>AWARDS OF MERIT <ul><li>Art in Public Places: <br>- <a href="http://stamps.umich.edu/news/heidi_dauphin_extracting_shadows_a_public_art_project_in_phoenix">Pinnacle Peak Water Reservoir Public Art Project</a> (City of Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture)<br> - <a href="http://www.marylucking.com/projects/in-a-big-country/">Shade for Transit Series</a> (City of Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture)</li></ul><ul><li>Site Development:<br> - Parks and Trails, <a href="/parks/trails/locations/camelback-mountain/camelback-trailhead-and-trail-improvements">Echo Canyon Recreation Area Trailhead Improvements</a> (City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department)<br> - <a href="/parks/recreation-and-community-centers/centers-m/mountain-view/phoenix-tennis">Phoenix Tennis Center</a> (City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department)</li></ul>"These awards demonstrate that Phoenix is committed to its parks and recognize the benefits of our work to integrate art into communities and projects across the city," said Councilwoman Laura Pastor, chair of the City Council's Parks, Arts, Transparency and Education Subcommittee. <ul><li>Environmental Education/Communication:<br> - 7th Avenue @ Melrose Curve Recycling Awareness (City of Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture)<br></li><li>Healthy Communities: <br>- Multimodal Transportation and Connectivity, <a href="http://gridbikes.com/">GRID Bike Share</a> (City of Phoenix Street Transportation Department)<br> - Public Policy/Plans, <a href="http://www.reinventphx.org/">ReinventPHX</a> (City of Phoenix Planning and Development Department)</li></ul>"ReinventPHX is an ambitious vision driven by extensive public involvement to create a vibrant, transit-oriented and pedestrian-friendly city. Arizona Forward's award acknowledges our efforts to create a connected, dynamic city," said Councilwoman Kate Gallego, chair of the City Council's Neighborhoods, Housing and Development Subcommittee.<br><br>Since its inception in 1969 as Valley Forward and expanding statewide in 2013, Arizona Forward has brought business and civic leaders together to convene thoughtful public dialogue on regional issues in an effort to improve the sustainability of communities in the state.   <br> <br>For more information about Arizona Forward or the awards, call 602-240-2408 or visit arizonaforward.org.
Valley of the Sun Clean Cities Coalition - Recognition for Commitment to Improving Air Quality205Valley of the Sun Clean Cities Coalition - Recognition for Commitment to Improving Air Quality2015-04-27T07:00:00Z<p>The VSCCC recognized the city of Phoenix for its commitment to improving air quality, reducing fuel costs and energy security.  The VSCCC particularly recognized the city's Aviation, Public Works and Public Transit departments for their investment in alternative fuels. </p><div>Phoenix's Alternative Fuels Program is one of the largest and most successful in the country with more than 50 percent of its vehicles operating on alternative/clean fuels.  During the last fiscal year, these vehicles utilized 9.1 million gallons of alternative/clean fuel, which equates to more than 60 percent of the total fuel used by the city in FY13-14.  These numbers include the city's general fleet, Aviation and Public Transit departments.</div><div><br></div><div>The policies adopted by the Mayor and City Council and implemented by city departments have been remarkable in putting the city far ahead of other cities in the nation.  In 2013, Phoenix displaced more than 60 million gallons of petroleum fuel – almost twice as much than Southern California and three times as much than the Chicago area.</div><div><br></div><div>"The city's commitment to alternative and clean-burning fuels plays an important role in the region's efforts to reduce particulate pollution and brown cloud days," said Councilman Bill Gates, chair of the city council's Finance, Efficiency, Economy and Sustainability Subcommittee. "Because engines that burn natural gas also require less maintenance than those that run diesel, our commitment to alternative fuels means longer term benefits to the city's financial bottom line."</div><div><br></div><div>The light rail and PHX Sky Train® also reduce air pollution by taking thousands of motor vehicles off the streets, while operating on clean electrical energy.</div><div><br></div><div>The VSCCC is one of more than 100 coalitions across the United States and was recently recognized by the U.S. Department of Energy for being number one in the country in the displacement of petroleum fuel.  These coalitions are measured each year by the amount of petroleum fuel that is displaced in their market.  The objective is the reduction of air pollution from exhaust emissions, while increasing energy security.</div>
U. S. Leader in the Use of Alternative Fuel209U. S. Leader in the Use of Alternative Fuel2015-04-27T07:00:00Z​On April 25, 2015, the Valley of the Sun Clean Cities Coalition (VSCCC) recognized today the city of Phoenix for its commitment to improving air quality, reducing fuel costs and energy security.  The VSCCC particularly recognized the city's Aviation, Public Works and Public Transit departments for their investment in alternative fuels.  <br><br>"This award is an excellent recognition of the work Phoenix is doing to improve the air we breathe," said Mayor Greg Stanton.  "We've created one of the largest alternative fuel fleets in the country, and we're better utilizing light rail, bikeways, and pedestrian-friendly development to cut air pollution and build a more sustainable environment."<br><br>Phoenix's Alternative Fuels Program is one of the largest and most successful in the country with more than 50 percent of its vehicles operating on alternative/clean fuels.  During the last fiscal year, these vehicles utilized 9.1 million gallons of alternative/clean fuel, which equates to more than 60 percent of the total fuel used by the city in FY13-14.  These numbers include the city's general fleet, Aviation and Public Transit departments.<br><br>The policies adopted by the Mayor and City Council and implemented by city departments have been remarkable in putting the city far ahead of other cities in the nation.  In 2013, Phoenix displaced more than 60 million gallons of petroleum fuel – almost twice as much than Southern California and three times as much than the Chicago area.<br><br>"The city's commitment to alternative and clean-burning fuels plays an important role in the region's efforts to reduce particulate pollution and brown cloud days," said Councilman Bill Gates, chair of the city council's Finance, Efficiency, Economy and Sustainability Subcommittee. "Because engines that burn natural gas also require less maintenance than those that run diesel, our commitment to alternative fuels means longer term benefits to the city's financial bottom line."<br><br>The light rail and PHX Sky Train® also reduce air pollution by taking thousands of motor vehicles off the streets, while operating on clean electrical energy.<br><br>The VSCCC is one of more than 100 coalitions across the United States and was recently recognized by the U.S. Department of Energy for being number one in the country in the displacement of petroleum fuel.  These coalitions are measured each year by the amount of petroleum fuel that is displaced in their market.  The objective is the reduction of air pollution from exhaust emissions, while increasing energy security.
American Planning Association - National Planning Achievement Award204American Planning Association - National Planning Achievement Award2015-04-20T07:00:00Z<p>​The city received the recognition for its "Greening of Lower Grand Avenue" plan that created a more sustainable and vibrant Phoenix. The plan was developed by a team led by PLAN*et Communities, and was the result of a partnership between the Grand Avenue Merchants Association (GAMA), the city, and a wide range of civic and private entities. Funded through the EPA Greening America's Capitals program, the plan achieves sustainability goals through innovative design concepts of outdoor community rooms, hubs, links, and gateways, including Arizona's first green bike lanes. The plan has become a model for other Phoenix neighborhoods as well as other Southwest cities. Since the plan's implementation, nine new businesses have opened, membership in the Grand Avenue Merchants Association has increased, and downtown street festivals have grown in popularity.</p>
National Terrazzo & Mosaic Association - 2015 Job of the Year203National Terrazzo & Mosaic Association - 2015 Job of the Year2015-04-02T07:00:00Z<div>The artist-designed terrazzo floor at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport's PHX Sky Train® Terminal 3 Station and passenger connector bridge was named "2015 Job of the Year" by the National Terrazzo and Mosaic Association (NTMA). The award was given to Corradini Terrazzo, of Fountain Valley, Calif., which produced the floors. The PHX Sky Train public art project was selected from among 39 terrazzo projects nationwide.</div><div><br></div><div>The NTMA cited the 24,000-square-foot project at the Terminal 3 station for its dynamic use of intense colors, 3D effects and graceful interplay of shapes over patterns. Designed by Diné (Navajo)/Acoma textile artist Janelle Stanley, who now resides in Chicago, the geometric terrazzo patterns were inspired by traditional Navajo pottery, jewelry and weaving motifs. The designs incorporate seven colors and more than 5,000 waterjet-cut terrazzo shapes in five sizes.</div><div><br></div><div>This is the second time the artist-designed floors at the PHX Sky Train have received the NTMA's Job of the Year recognition. Floors at the 44th Street, East Economy Lot Terminal 4 PHX Sky Train stations, produced by Advance Terrazzo, won the award in 2013.</div><div><br></div><div>The PHX Sky Train's terrazzo floors were commissioned by the Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture Public Art Program with Aviation percent-for-art funds.​</div>
Government Fleet Magazine - Certificate of Achievement195Government Fleet Magazine - Certificate of Achievement2014-12-16T07:00:00Z<p>​Phoenix Public Works received a Government Fleet Magazine Leading Fleets Certificate of Achievement. </p>
Government Fleet Magazine - Top 50 Government Green Fleet196Government Fleet Magazine - Top 50 Government Green Fleet2014-12-16T07:00:00Z<p>Phoenix Public Works was recognized for its efforts incorporating sustainability into its fleet.  Phoenix was ranked by Government Fleet Magazine as 14th out of the top 50 cities in the Government Green Fleet.  </p>
North America Results - 100 Best Fleets Honorable Mention197North America Results - 100 Best Fleets Honorable Mention2014-12-16T07:00:00Z<p>​Phoenix Public works  received an honorable mention for the 100 Best Fleets in North America awards.</p>
SWANA State Road-E-O - Larry Knight Award198SWANA State Road-E-O - Larry Knight Award2014-12-16T07:00:00Z<p>Phoenix Public Works received this award for the highest total points for all participants of the entire entity; this encompasses 1st place through 5th place.</p>
Award of Merit - NAHRO190Award of Merit - NAHRO2014-12-15T07:00:00Z<p>​The Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP)  received a 2014 NAHRO Award of Merit in recognition for "NSP Impact on Phoenix Communities".   </p><p>NAHRO provides annual awards for agencies to receive national recognition for innovative housing and community development projects, programs, and services.  These awards provide additional opportunities to inform the public of the best in housing and community development; and to create a resource bank of information on significant innovative activities performed by housing and redevelopment agencies and community development departments.</p><p>This year 186 programs across the nation received recognition for their innovative solutions to community needs, but NSD's program was the only one recognized from the entire state of Arizona.</p>
Top Ten Digital City 2014170Top Ten Digital City 20142014-11-20T07:00:00Z<p>​The Center for Digital Government (CDG), a national research and advisory institute on information technology policies and best practices in state and local government, recently ranked Phoenix as a top ten digital city in its 2014 Digital Cities Survey for its technology initiatives and projects.</p><p>The Digital Cities Survey Awards were presented at a reception during the National League of Cities conference Nov. 20, 2014, in Austin, TX.</p><p><strong>Mobile-Responsive Web Design</strong> – The newly-designed phoenix.gov allows customers to easily view city information on any Internet-enabled device such as a smart phone, tablet or desktop computer, without being redirected to a separate mobile site.​</p><p><strong>Online Government Transparency</strong> – Residents and other interested parties can search for public records, such as budget and financial documents, contracts, meeting minutes, and campaign finance information, through an online portal and web application available at the<a href="https://www.phoenix.gov/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=a0e9d492-aae1-42ec-9904-4fd688908c79&TermSetId=3a3d55a1-ff7b-42d1-aaa8-2bf1fae0915a&TermId=8142cb58-8ad7-46c1-bfb5-005125174c90"> Public Records webpage</a>.</p><p><strong>​Economic Development and Education/Youth Engagement and Entrepreneurial Support through the Phoenix Public Library</strong> – Youth, small businesses, and entrepreneurs have specialized tools and information at their fingertips at the College Depot and The Hive webpages located on the <a href="https://phoenixpubliclibrary.org/" target="_blank">Phoenix Public Library website.</a></p><p><strong>Streamline Development Process / Online Development Tools</strong> – The Planning and Development Department created electronic plan review, self-certification program and online permitting web applications in support of the city’s goal to streamline the development process, all of which can be found at the <a href="/piosite/pdd">Planning and Development Department website.</a></p><p><span style="line-height:1.6;">“Technology is key to streamlining business processes, improving communication with our constituents, and enabling innovation, things we are working hard to achieve as a city,” said Councilman Bill Gates, Chair of the City Council Finance, Efficiency, Economy and Sustainability Subcommittee. “We thank the Center for Digital Government for recognizing our efforts.”</span></p><p><strong>Data-Based Decision-Making/Business Intelligence</strong> - The Public Works Department internally uses business intelligence to make data-driven decisions regarding trash pick-up and routing. The city competitively bids trash pick-up against private-sector companies, and must stay competitive by implementing the most up-to-date efficiency measures. </p><p><strong>​Aviation Mobile Workforce (xPort) </strong>- The Aviation Department instituted a mobile workforce tool, xPort, which allows maintenance staff to use inexpensive mobile devices to receive work orders, manage priorities, communicate with supervisors, and close out work orders entirely in the field, without paper. This led to a 10% reduction in non-productive field time for maintenance employees.</p><p><strong>​Data Center Consolidation and Virtualization</strong> – The city consolidated some operations into leased data center space and continues moving towards a virtual environment. These moves have led to fewer server purchases and lower costs for power and cooling.  By the end of 2013, the City had saved $1.85 million on servers, $250,000 on server cabinets, $100,000 per year on electricity, and $60,000 in cooling costs.    </p><p><strong>​Cybersecurity, Internal and External Education</strong> - The city’s award-winning Information Security website at phoenix.gov/infosec provides valuable information on how residents can keep safe in the cyberspace world.  The city also provides web-based training to employees to ensure they are following online security best practices and protecting the public’s information.</p><p>In addition to submitting initiatives for the main categories, cities were invited to submit two additional initiatives exclusive from any of the other four.  Phoenix’s submittals covered public safety and city planning:</p><p><strong>Smart Policing and Safe Neighborhoods</strong> – The city provides web applications at the <a href="/piosite/police">Police Department website</a> allowing residents to query and map selected crimes for their neighborhood and file police reports for non-emergency crimes.  Additionally, the Neighborhood Services Department has made available a mobile app, myPHXAZ, for iPhones and Androids, that can be used for reporting blight and other neighborhood issues and can be downloaded from an app store.</p><p><strong>Planning for Phoenix’s Future</strong> – Residents can participate in planning for the communities along the light rail line by providing input at the <a href="http://www.reinventphx.org/" target="_blank">Reinvent Phoenix website</a>; support sustainability by finding out how to help the city reduce the amount of trash sent to city landfills by 40 percent by the year 2020 at the <a href="/piosite/publicworks">Public Works Department website</a>; and reviewing and providing feedback on the Phoenix General Plan at the <a href="http://myplanphx.com/" target="_blank">PlanPHX website</a>.</p>