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Awards

The City of Suwanee is proud that many of its initiatives and projects have earned regional, state, and national awards and certification over the past several years.

  • Best Places to Live in Georgia community report card - A+, Niche.com (2018)

  • Best New Event – Silver, for Glow in the Park, Southeast Festivals & Events Association (2018)

  • Best Children’s Programming – Silver, for Suwanee Fest, Southeast Festivals & Events Association (2018)

  • Best Volunteers – Bronze, for Suwanee Youth Leaders, Southeast Festivals & Events Association (2018)

  • Best Vendor – Bronze, for Classic Tents & Events at Suwanee Fest, Southeast Festivals & Events Association (2018)

  • Crown Community designation, American City & County magazine (2017)

  • Tree City USA designation, Arbor Day Foundation (2017)

  • Green Community "bronze level" re-certification, Atlanta Regional Commission (2017)

  • Award of Recognition – 2015 Annual Report, Premier Print Awards (2017)

  • Best in Show – 2015 Annual Report, PIAG Print Excellence Awards (2017)

  • Bronze Workplace Health Achievement – SWELL Program, American Heart Association (2017)

  • Main Street Across America – Town Center Avenue, National Life Group (2017)

  • Outstanding New Initiative – The Orchard at White Street, Georgia Urban Forestry Council (2017)

  • Community Beautification Award – The Orchard at White Street, Keep Georgia Beautiful (2017)

  • Certificate of Distinction for Superior Performance Management – International City/County Management Association (2017)

  • Popular Annual Financial Reporting Award – Government Finance Officers Association (2017)

  • Excellence in Financial Reporting – Government Finance Officers Association (2017)

  • Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for fiscal year 2017 budget – Government Finance Officers Association (2017)

  • AAA Bond Rating – Standard & Poor (2017)

  • IMPACT Hospitality Award – Gwinnett Chamber (2017)

  • #3 on the list of Most Successful Cities in Georgia - Zippia (2017)

  • Program of the Year – Hope Court, Georgia Municipal Court Clerks' Council (2017)

  • Best of Family Fun Winner – Best Playground for PlayTown Suwanee, by Atlanta Parent magazine (2017)

  • #4 Best Suburb in Georgia, Niche.com (2017)

  • 100 Most Genius Places in America list, Time magazine (2017)

  • Best New Event – Silver, for Guess Who's Coming to Cocktails, Southeast Festivals & Events Association (2017)

  • Best Event Video – Silver, for Guess Who's Coming to Cocktails, Southeast Festivals & Events Association (2017)

  • Best Print Ad – Bronze, for Guess Who's Coming to Cocktails, Southeast Festivals & Events Association (2017)

  • Most Creative Idea – Bronze, for Suwanee Youth Leaders/Suwanee Fest Transportation Collaboration, Southeast Festivals & Events Association (2017)

  • 100 Most Genius Places in America list, Time magazine (2016)

  • Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (2016)

  • Phyllis Goodwin Police Agency of the Year from the Georgia Chapter of the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy Associates (2016)

  • Certificate of Distinction from the International City/County Management Association for superior performance management (2016)

  • CREATE Community Award in Educational Excellence from the Atlanta Regional Commission for Suwanee Youth Leaders (2016)

  • Best New Event, Gold, for Suwanee Big Cheesy, Southeast Festivals & Events Association (2016)

  • Best T-Shirt, Bronze, for Suwanee Big Cheesy, Southeast Festivals & Events Association (2016)

  • Best Volunteer, Silver, for Suwanee Fest Volunteer Planning Committee, Southeast Festivals & Events Association (2016)

  • Best Children's Program, Bronze, Suwanee Fest, Southeast Festivals & Events Association (2016)

  • Voice of the People Awards for Excellence winner in Community Engagement and Recreation and Wellness from the International City/County Management Association and National Research Center. The City of Suwanee was the only jurisdiction to win more than one award.  (2015)

  • Voice of the People Awards for Excellence finalist for Built Environment and Economy from the International City/County Management Association and National Research Center (2015)

  • recentawards.sfea-awardsBest Festival with a budget over $75,000, Gold, for Suwanee Fest 2014, Southeast Festivals and Events Association (2015)

  • Best Volunteer, Gold, Southeast Festivals and Events Association (2015)

  • Best Creative Idea, Gold, for hosting a Blast a Storm Trooper activity at Suwanee Fest, Southeast Festivals and Events Association (2015)

  • Best T-shirt, Silver, Southeast Festivals and Events Association (2015)

  • Named Georgia's eCity by Google, recognizing Suwanee for having the strongest online business community in the state (2014)

  • PlanFirst designation, Georgia Department of Community Affairs, for excellence in community planning (2014)

  • Certificate of Distinction for superior performance management from the International City/County Management Association; one of only 11 jurisdictions throughout the country to receive such recognition (2014)

  • Award of Excellence (third place) from the City-County Communications and Marketing Association, Graphic Design – Publications for Connects newsletter (2014)

  • Award of Excellence (third place) from the City-County Communications and Marketing Association, Printed Publications – External Publications for Connects newsletter (2014)

  • Georgia Downtown Conference Awards of Excellence - Silver Award, Promotions, for Woofstock event (2014)

  • Popular Annual Financial Reporting Award, Government Finance Officers Association, 2013 Annual Report (2014)

  • Excellence in Financial Reporting, Government Finance Officers Association, for 2013 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (2014)

  • One of three "Best Small Cities to Raise a Family," RealEstate.com (2014)

  • Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for fiscal year 2014 budget, Government Finance Officers Association (2014)

  • Included in top 10 list of "Best Cities for Homeownership in Georgia," NerdWallet.com (2014)

  • recentawards.award-create2013 CREATE Community Award from the Atlanta Regional Commission in the Arts & Culture category for the City's public arts initiative

  • Best Creative Idea, Gold, for Suwanee Day sponsor gifts, Southeast Festivals and Events Association (2014)

  • Best Event Photo, Bronze, Southeast Festivals and Events Association (2014)

  • Community Impact Award – Arts Leader for public arts initiative, presented by ArtWorks! Gwinnett (2014)

  • Green Community "bronze level" re-certification, Atlanta Regional Commission (2014)

  • Voice of the People Awards for Excellence in three different categories (code enforcement, overall City services, and parks) from the International City/County Management Association and National Research Center (2013)

  • Award of Excellence (third place) from the City-County Communications and Marketing Association in Printed Publications – Reports category for Popular Annual Financial Report. (2013)

  • Popular Annual Financial Reporting Award, Government Finance Officers Association, 2012 Annual Report (2013)

  • Named #6 among Best Towns in Georgia for Young Families by NerdWallet.com (2013)

  • 10 Best Towns for Families, Family Circle magazine (2013)

  • Certificate of Distinction for superior performance management from the International City/County Management Association; one of only eight jurisdictions throughout the country to receive such recognition (2013)

  • event-award-winningBest New Event, Gold, for 2012 Suwanee's Super Incredible Race, Southeast Festivals and Events Association (2013)

  • Best Sponsor, Gold, for Suwanee Day sponsor Lewis Expo and Logistics, Southeast Festivals and Events Association (2013)

  • Best Event Photo, Silver, Southeast Festivals and Events Association (2013)

  • Best T-Shirt, Bronze, Southeast Festivals and Events Association (2013)

  • Beat Creative Idea, Bronze, for Suwanee Day volunteer pocket guide, Southeast Festivals and Events Association (2013)

  • Best Vendor/Supplier, Bronze, for Suwanee Day vendor FunFare, Southeast Festivals and Events Association (2013)

  • Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for fiscal year 2013 budget, Government Finance Officers Association (2013)

  • Popular Annual Financial Reporting Award, Government Finance Officers Association, 2011 Annual Report (2012)

  • icma 2012 cert of distinctionCertificate of Distinction for superior performance management efforts from the International City/County Management Association; one of only 15 jurisdictions throughout the country to receive such recognition (2012)

  • Suwanee ranked #3 best place in country to raise children, Kiplinger.com (2012)

  • Best New Event, Gold, for 9-11 Commemorative Event/'Remembrance' Unveiling, Southeast Festivals and Events Association (2012)

  • Best Event within an Event, Silver, for 2010 Suwanee Day Flash Mob, Southeast Festivals and Events Association (2012)

  • Community Impact – Community Arts Program Award for Suwanee SculpTour, presented by ArtWorks! Gwinnett (2012)

  • recentawards.mayors122012 Trendsetter Award for public arts initiative, presented by the Georgia Municipal Association and Georgia Trend magazine

  • Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for fiscal year 2012 budget, Government Finance Officers Association (2012)

  • Innovative Marketing Award, presented by Gwinnett Convention and Visitors Bureau (2011)

  • Best Image Building Campaign for Suwanee SculpTour, Georgia Downtown Association (2011)

  • Voice of the People Awards for Excellence (for overall services and parks) from the International City/County Management Association and National Research Center (2011)

  • Popular Annual Financial Reporting Award, Government Finance Officers Association, 2010 Annual Report (2011)

  • Special Recognition Award for Suwanee’s Municipal Court for program innovation and creation of software for improvement of efficiency and productivity, Council of Municipal Court Judges (2011)

  • Certificate of Distinction for superior performance management efforts from the International City/County Management Association (2011)

  • Honor Award for Engineering Excellence from the Georgia Engineering Alliance for implementation of pedestrian HAWK beacon at Town Center Avenue (2011)

  • Best Festival (with a budget under $75,000), Silver, for Suwanee Day, Southeast Festivals and Events Association (2011)

  • Best Volunteer, Silver, for Suwanee Day Transportation Chair Doug Schwendy, Southeast Festivals and Events Association

  • Best Green Component, Bronze, for Suwanee Day, Southeast Festivals and Events Association (2011)

  • recentawards.04Best Event within an Event, Bronze, for Chalk Walk at Arts in the Park, Southeast Festivals and Events Association (2011)

  • Suwanee Day named to Top 20 Events for September 2011 by the Southeast Tourism Society

  • Best Green Government, Gwinnett Clean and Beautiful (2011)

  • Program of the Year - Suwanee Municipal Court, Georgia Council of Court Administrators (2010)

  • Clerk of the Year – Court Services Administrator Mariza Abdeljawad, Georgia Municipal Court Clerk’s Council (2010)

  • Certificate of Distinction for efforts and results in performance measurement and management from the International City/County Management Association; one of only 18 jurisdictions throughout the country to receive (2010)

  • Award of Excellence (third place) from the City-County Communications and Marketing Association for Suwanee’s “edgy” ad campaign. (2010)

  • Award of Excellence (third place) from the City-County Communications and Marketing Association in Most Creative Activity with Least Dollars Spent category for Get It in the Gateway. (2010)

  • Award of Excellence (third place) from the City-County Communications and Marketing Association in the Social Media category for Suwanee’s Facebook page. (2010)

  • Best Sponsor, Gold – Ippolito’s, Southeast Festivals and Events Association (2010)

  • Best Event Photograph, Bronze – Human Aerial Art/City Hall Grand Opening, Southeast Festivals and Events Association (2010)

  • 2009 CREATE Community Award from the Atlanta Regional Commission in the Application and Innovation in Technology category for utilizing social media as a tool to engage citizens

  • Green Community “bronze level” certification, Atlanta Regional Commission (2009)

  • Development of Excellence for Town Center, Atlanta Regional Commission (2009)

  • Golden Shoe Award from PEDS for HAWK Pedestrian Signal (2009)

  • Distinguished Budget Presentation Award, Government Finance Officers Association, 2009-10 budget presentation (fourth consecutive year)

  • Finalist (among communities with populations less than 20,000) for the 2009 International Association of Chiefs of Police/CISCO Community Policing Award

  • Voice of the People Awards for Excellence (in recreation programs/classes and parks areas) from the International City/County Management Association and National Research Center (2009)

  • Best Farmers Market, Nickelodeon's 2009 Parents' Picks Awards

  • Best Playground or Park (PlayTown Suwanee), Nickelodeon's 2009 Parents' Picks Awards

  • Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association, 2007-08 comprehensive annual financial report (sixth consecutive year)

  • Certificate of Distinction for efforts and results in performance measurement and management from the International City/County Management Association; one of only 18 jurisdictions throughout the country to receive (2009)

  • Ranked #35 on Money magazine's list of Best Places to Live 2009

  • Best Event Within an Event, Gold – BodyPlex’s World’s Largest Outdoor Spin Class at Party in de Park, Southeast Festivals and Events Association (2009)

  • Best Event Volunteer – Events Under $75,000 (Melissa Fernandez), Gold – Suwanee Day 2008, Southeast Festivals and Events Association (2009)

  • Best Event Website, Bronze – www.suwaneeday.com,  Southeast Festivals and Events Association  (2009)

  • Best Miscellaneous Merchandise, Bronze – Suwanee Day 2008 Commemorative Poster, Southeast Festivals and Events Association (2009)

  • Distinguished Budget Presentation Award, Government Finance Officers Association, 2008-09 budget presentation (third consecutive year)

  • Savvy Award (first place) from the City-County Communications and Marketing Association for Play hard. Live well. Smile more!, Suwanee's resident guide.

  • Silver Circle Award (second place) from the City-County Communications and Marketing Association for marketing strategies developed for America's Best Places to Live recognition.

  • 2008 Georgia Downtown Award in “Best Problem-Solving” category for Town Center, Georgia Downtown Association and Georgia Department of Community Affairs

  • Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association, 2006-07 comprehensive annual financial report (fifth consecutive year)

  • Inspiration Award, Open Space Initiative, Park Pride (2008)

  • Public Safety Unit of the Year, Criminal Investigation Unit, Gwinnett Chamber 2008 Valor Awards

  • recentawards.01Bronze Medal of Valor, Sgt. Dwayne Black, Gwinnett Chamber 2008 Valor Awards

  • Best Event Photo, photo of 2007 Atlanta Symphony Orchestra concert at Town Center Park, Southeast Festivals and Events Association (2008)

  • Best Event Sponsor (Primrose Schools of Suwanee), Suwanee Day 2007, Southeast Festivals and Events Association  (2008)

  • Best Event Volunteer (Kim Towne), Suwanee Day 2007, Southeast Festivals and Events Association (2008)

  • recentawards.02Best Event Within an Event, Sail-A-Bration at Suwanee Day 2007, Southeast Festivals and Events Association (2008)

  • Distinguished Budget Presentation Award, Government Finance Officers Association, 2007-08 budget presentation (second consecutive year)

  • Innovative and Effective Planning Process, Mixed-Use Development Assessment, Georgia Planning Association (2007)

  • Ranked #10 on Money magazine's list of Best Places to Live 2007.

  • Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association, 2005-06 comprehensive annual financial report (fourth consecutive year)

  • Recognized as Georgia Certified City of Ethics, Georgia Municipal Association (2007)

  • Accredited National Main Street Program, National Trust for Historic Preservation (2007, fourth consecutive year)

  • Award of Merit, Town Center Park, American Society of Landscape Architects, Georgia Chapter (presented to landscape architect jB + a, 2007)

  • Kaleidoscope Award, Best Event Within an Event (under $75,000) for Art on a Limb, presented by Southeast Festivals & Events Association (2007)

  • recentawards.032007 Trendsetter Award (third consecutive year) in the parks and recreation category, presented by the Georgia Municipal Association and Georgia Trend magazine

  • Savvy Award (first place) from the City-County Communications & Marketing Association for Art on a Limb for Most Creative Activity with Least Dollars Spent (2006)

  • Silver Circle Award (second place) from the City-County Communications & Marketing Association for Art on a Limb for Best Use of a Promotional Item (2006)

  • Award of Excellence (third place) from the City-County Communications & Marketing Association for CrossRoads newsletter (2006)

  • 2006 Georgia Downtown Award for Most Creative Fundraising for Better Parks Campaign, Georgia Downtown Association and Georgia Department of Community Affairs

  • 2006 Georgia Downtown Award for Best Downtown Special Event for Suwanee’s Big Splash, Georgia Downtown Association and Georgia Department of Community Affairs

  • Distinguished Budget Presentation Award, Government Finance Officers Association, 2006-07 budget presentation

  • Southeast Tourism Society Top 20 Event for September 2006 -  Suwanee Day Festival

  • Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association, 2004-05 comprehensive annual financial report (third consecutive year)

  • Accredited National Main Street Program, National Trust for Historic Preservation (2006, third consecutive year)

  • 2006 Trendsetter Award (second consecutive year) in “Hearing Voices: Community Input in City Government” category, presented by the Georgia Municipal Association and Georgia Trend magazine

  • 2005 CREATE Community Award from the Atlanta Regional Commission in the Community Building category for building parks and a stronger community and particularly the PlayTown Suwanee effort (second consecutive year)

  • 2005 Georgia Downtown Award for Outstanding Organizational Outreach for PlayTown Suwanee community build, Georgia Downtown Association and Georgia Department of Community Affairs

  • 2005 Governor’s Challenge Award, third place, Governor’s Office of Highway Safety

  • Sportsmanship Award, Division B, Lloyd-Bennett Gwinnett Corporate Challenge (September 2005)

  • Accredited National Main Street Program, National Trust for Historic Preservation (2005, second consecutive year)

  • Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association, 2003-04 comprehensive annual financial report

  • 2005 Trendsetter Award in Economic and Community Development for Town Center, presented by the Georgia Municipal Association and Georgia Trend magazine

  • Re-certification of the Suwanee Police Department by the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police (January 2005)

  • 2004 CREATE Community Award from the Atlanta Regional Commission for the Open Space Initiative (environmental sustainability category)

  • Georgia Downtown Award for Best Design Improvement for Town Center Park (2004)

  • Best Plan Implementation from the Georgia Planning Association for Town Center/Town Center Master Plan (2004)

  • Silver Circle (second place) Award from the City-County Communications & Marketing Association for the community playground brochure (2004)

  • Silver Circle (second place) Award from the City-County Communications & Marketing Association for the Suwanee Soiree (special events category) (2004)

  • Award of Excellence (third place) from the City-County Communications & Marketing Association for the Suwanee Soiree (most creative activities with least dollars spent category) (2004)

  • Accredited National Main Street Program, National Trust for Historic Preservation (2004)

  • Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association, 2002-03 comprehensive annual financial report

  • Occupant Protection Award from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (2004)

  • First-Time Entry Award from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (2004)

  • Best Local Festival for Suwanee Day 2003, as voted by Gwinnett Daily Post readers

  • Best Greenspace Plan from the Georgia Urban Forest Council for the Open Space Initiative (presented in November 2003)

  • Award of Excellence (third place) from the City-County Communications & Marketing Association for CrossRoads newsletter (2003)

  • Outstanding Greenspace Award – Suwanee Creek Greenway, Georgia Urban Forest Council (2003)