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MuniExLogoWeb2002019 AWC Municipal Excellence Awards

AWC’s Municipal Excellence Awards recognize innovative city projects that significantly improve the quality of life for their communities. The competition is open to any Washington city or town.

We’re shaking things up this year to simplify the application process and let the best projects shine. Therefore, we’ve ditched the categories! This year, every outstanding city project is welcome to apply. Five of the best projects will receive a Municipal Excellence Award and be recognized at AWC’s Annual Conference this June in Spokane.


What can you enter?

Think about the projects and programs in your city that are new or unique.

  • What do you love about your city?
  • What is your city’s best idea?
  • What services do your residents love?
  • Do you have a project or program that you’re particularly proud of?

Submit it for your chance at an AWC award!



Municipal Excellence entry form

Enter your city’s best project with the form above and simply tell us this: What makes your project award winning?

  • Review the judging section below for items that will be considered during judging. (400-word maximum)
  • You may also include photos or other materials that support your entry. Submit supporting materials to Materials will only be returned upon request.

Deadline is March 22.


Need ideas?

muniex-buttonWe have a database full of Municipal Excellence entries dating back to 2000. Entries run the gamut including parks, treatment plants, youth engagement, master plans, permit streamlining, campaigns, markets, community engagement, revitalization, building projects, police/fire programs, videos/social media, and hundreds more. Browse through the entries to get ideas and check out what cities have entered in the past!



Judges will look for these elements when considering your project/program:

  • Why did you do it? Where did your idea come from?
  • What tools, methodology, resources and partnerships did you engage?
  • What challenges did you encounter?
  • What is the program’s current and long-term community value?
  • Is it sustainable?
  • Can other cities or towns learn from your program and adapt your ideas to their community?
  • Why is this an award-winning project?



Contact Karen Tanner.


Check out the 2018 winners!

View videos from 2018 winners.

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