Winners will be recognized in the following categories:
- Infrastructure/Water: Recognize cities/towns who have found innovative ways to preserve existing infrastructure and minimize repair costs or time including underground utilities, streets, etc.; protecting public waterways; wastewater treatment innovation; etc
- Education/Workforce: Development Recognize unique programs that are improving graduation rates; raising the education standards in K-12; programs that are developing a more qualified workforce for employers. Programs can be a public/private partnership and do not have to be a municipally led program. The quality of a city is determined by its citizens
- Public Works (COMBINED category): Environmental and Green Management; Planning & Land Use; Parks & Recreation; Energy Resource Management and public safety programs
- Technology & Security: Advances in local broadband to improve education and or local access. Advances in using technology to improve city communications or services or steps taken to improve cybersecurity practices.
- Diversity & Inclusion: Steps taken to promote diversity and inclusion; empower citizens with information and how to respond; and creating opportunities for minority populations. Including actions that the City has taken to make its services or meetings available to more of its citizens. Overcoming barriers that could include: race, gender, language, economic status, new to the community, geographic, etc.
- Tourism Development/Creative Culture: Recognize cities/towns who are building unique venues, attractions, museums, etc to not only attract tourism but also improve the quality of life of citizens.
The competition is divided into three population categories to allow cities to compete with other cities of comparable size. The population categories are: cities less than 5,000 population; 5,000-20,000 population; and more than 20,000.
- Each city can submit one award application in each award category.
- Entries must describe programs or projects brought to conclusion or showing significant results between July 2020 and July 2024.
- An official entry application must be submitted for each project.
- Entry Forms must be received in the Arkansas Business office by 5:00 p.m. August 31, 2024 or be postmarked on or before that date. Entry forms should be submitted to:
Arkansas Business Publishing Group
114 Scott Street
Little Rock, AR 72201
Emailed to: Bonnie@abpg.com
- The entry must include all required information, such as completed entry form, a concise description of the project or program, and adhere to the space requirement of four pages double-spaced for the written description and no more than four pages of supporting material.
- If a city submits entries in multiple categories the page limit applies to each category individually.
- Winners will be notified in September 2024.