Local Government Awards

Annually, GNRC encourages local governments to nominate an innovative project, program, plan, or individual that has contributed to advancing collaboration, innovation, and improving quality of life. 

2020 Local Government Award Recipients

Twenty-one awards were presented among seven categories, Public Works and Utility Infrastructure, Aging Services and Senior Activity Programs, Economic Development, Recreation, and Youth Engagement, Protective Services, Land Use Initiatives, and Community Engagement and Outreach. Detailed summaries of each award can be viewed here. Videos summarizing awards presented by county can be found on GNRC's YouTube page. 

Excellence in Public Works and Utility Infrastructure award recognizes local governments who have achieved outstanding results or taken an innovative approach to public services, infrastructure, and public utilities. This year’s award recipients include:

  • Milcrofton Utility - Water Quality with Advanced Metering System
  • City of Gallatin - Gallatin Public Utilities Advanced Metering Infrastructure

Excellence in Aging Services and Senior Activity Programs award honors local governments who have achieved outstanding results or taken an innovative approach to provide activity programs or resources to older adults in the community. This year’s award recipients include:

  • Town of Westmoreland - Downtown Adaptive Reuse for New Senior Citizens Center
  • Wilson County and Senior Ride Wilson - Older Adult Transportation Program

Excellence in Economic Development awards honor local governments who have achieved outstanding results or taken an innovative approach to public services in the areas of economic development initiatives that include employment and business development, tourism promotion and education or workforce activities. This year’s award recipients include:

  • Town of Smyrna - Depot District Canopy Project
  • City Clarksville and Montgomery County ED - Rebranding Initiative
  • City of Portland - Adaptive Reuse of Temple Theatre 
  • City of Gallatin - Economic Development Planning  
  • City of Lebanon - Adaptive Reuse of the Historic Mitchell House 
  • Wilson County, Watertown, and the Wilson, Mt. Juliet, and Lebanon Chambers of Commerce - COVID-19 Blue Ribbon Program

Excellence in Recreation and Youth Engagement honors local governments who have achieved outstanding results or taken an innovative approach to public services in the areas of parks and recreation, cultural and historical initiatives, youth programs and fitness programs. Award recipients include:

  • Town of Smyrna - Synthetic Ballfield at Cedar Stone Community Park
  • City of Lebanon - Scout Your Ride Youth Engagement 
  • Maury County Schools and the City of Columbia - Community First Partnership Project 
  • Montgomery County - The Rotary Field of Dreams - Civitan Park Expansion

Excellence in Protective Services honors local governments who have achieved outstanding results or taken an innovative approach to engage the community in public safety programs or communications activities to build relationships with protective services departments. This year’s recipient is:

  • Sumner County - Sumner County Emergency Medical Services and Emergency Management Agency COVID-19 Response

Excellence in Land Use Initiatives honors local governments who have achieved outstanding results or taken an innovative approach to public services in the areas of land use initiatives that include local planning, transportation planning, and housing programs or activities. Award recipients include:

  • City of Hendersonville - Zoning Ordinance Update Initiative
  • Sumner County - Zoning Resolution Update and Map 
  • Williamson County - Williamson 2040 Comprehensive Plan

Excellence in Community Engagement and Outreach honors local governments who have achieved outstanding results or taken an innovative approach to public services in the areas of parks and recreation, cultural and historical initiatives, youth programs, and fitness programs. Award recipients include:

  • Wilson County and Wilson County Joint Economic and Community Development Board - Tornado Response Partnership
  • Wilson County - Coordinated Tornado Response and Partnerships
  • Wilson County - New Wilson County Flag