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MuniExLogoWeb200Congratulations 2020 Municipal Excellence Award winners!

AWC’s Municipal Excellence Awards recognize innovative city projects that significantly improve the quality of life for their communities. The competition is open each year to any Washington city or town. These projects will be recognized at AWC’s Annual Conference Online this June.


Learn more about the 2020 winners

Lacey Veterans Services Hub

Category: Program

The Lacey Veterans Services Hub is a collaborative resource center where veterans in South Puget Sound can access a wide array of essential services in one location. Over 70 partners and providers offer services through the Hub, including assistance with Veterans Affairs benefits, housing, employment, education, health care, mental health, and legal aid. No veteran is turned away, and all services are provided free of charge. Lacey’s approach has proven so successful there is a waiting list of providers wanting to participate, and the Hub is being considered at the federal level as a prototype for projects across the country.


Anacortes Fiber Installation into Active Water Lines

Category: Project

The City of Anacortes needed to replace the aging radio-based system that connected its water treatment, wastewater, and sewage pumping facilities. Using a novel “pipe-in-pipe” method developed in the UK, city workers were able to safely install fiber-optic lines inside the system’s existing active water lines – making Anacortes the first city in North America to successfully implement this approach. This cost-effect solution will also provide additional fiber capacity for broadband internet access. In addition to gaining the reliable and future-ready data capacity of a fiber-optic system, the city avoided the considerable costs and environmental impacts of running new lines through marine waterways, fragile wetlands, private properties, and flood-protection dikes along the Skagit River.


Creating Community in Kenmore: The Hangar at Town Square

Category: Project

Kenmore’s extensive downtown redevelopment is anchored around The Hanger, a new community building on the Town Square public plaza. The complex serves as a gathering place at the center of the city’s plan for a revitalized residential and commercial district, and the aviation theme honors the city’s ongoing seaplane heritage. Residents can casually meet friends at the on-site coffee shop, enjoy a public arts performance, or reserve one of two meeting rooms for larger community gatherings free of charge. Revenues from private development covered constructions costs of the public spaces, and public-private partnerships were leveraged to ensure compatibility with the city’s vision.


Pasco African American Historic Properties

Category: Race and equity

East Pasco in the Tri-Cities area was home to the majority of African American residents who helped shape the early development of the city and worked on the Hanford Site, but many historically significant sites were lost in a phase of urban renewal in the 1980s. With help from a state grant, the city began documenting and preparing key heritage properties in the area to be submitted to the National Register of Historic Places. A city-produced video project captured interviews and stories from longtime residents that will highlight and preserve the unique and important aspects of daily life in the community and honor the struggle against the overt racism of the era.


Pateros Downtown Pump Station

Category: Small city success

When the city of Pateros discovered that the most feasible location for a pump station needed for wildfire defense was the same site already slated for a public green space linking a waterfront park with the business district, the project was designed to successfully meet both needs. Now a raised walkway, green space, and community pavilion share space with a reliable water source backed by an emergency generator. In addition, landscaping and regrading that came with the construction improved stormwater collection and sanitary control, reducing potential contaminants in the water supply.


More information

Judging was done by city members–your peers! Judges looked for these elements in each entry:

  • What is the value to the community?
  • Is the project innovative and forward-thinking?
  • Did it look to partnerships to help get the job done?
  • Is it a model for other cities to use?



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