Awards & Honors

The City of Roanoke has been recognized regionally and nationally for its outstanding quality of life.

2017

  • All-America City Award for measurable progress on the Star City Reads Campaign (National Civic League)
  • Governor’s Technology Award for Cross-Boundary Collaboration – City of Roanoke and the Roanoke Valley Broadband Authority (Commonwealth of Virginia Innovative Technology Symposium)
  • Pacesetter Awards – Star City Reads (The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading)
  • Roanoke ranked 1st Place in the Digital Cities Survey (Center for Digital Cities) in the “75,000-125,000 population” category. Roanoke has been recognized as a Top-10 Digital City for 16 consecutive years.
  • Project of the Year – Raleigh Court Library Renovation (APWA Mid-Atlantic Chapter)
  • Recertified as Crime Prevention Community (Virginia Criminal Justice Services)
  • Reaccreditation for the Building Safety Division
  • Commonwealth Award – “Bringing George Takei to Roanoke” (Virginia Public Relations Society)
  • Gold Summit Award – “Bringing George Takei to Roanoke” (Public Relations Society of America, Blue Ridge Chapter)
  • Award of Excellence – Roanoke’s Website and Social Media Model (City-County Communications and Marketing Association)
  • Recognized as #37 in the 100 Best Fleets in America
  • Governor’s Green Fleet Award for Diesel Emission Reduction
  • Green Fleet Award (Virginia Clean Cities)
  • Best New Special Event and Best Promotional Effort-Traditional – Christmas Past Open House at the Fishburn Mansion (Virginia Recreation and Parks Society)
  • Re-Accreditation of E-911 Center (Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies)
  • National Safe and Sustainable Snowfighting Award – Public Works Department (The Salt Institute)
  • Bicycle Friendly Community, Bronze Award status renewed (The League of American Bicyclists)
  • Best Festival, Best of the Blue Ridge – The GO Outside Festival (Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine)
  • 2017 Tree City USA (National Arbor Day Foundation)


2016

  • Roanoke’s Star City Reads Program was named a recipient of the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading’s 2015 All-Around Pacesetter Award.
  • Roanoke Social Services was the recipient of the annual VDSS I3 (innovation, implementation and impact) award for two categories, customer service and business process improvement.
  • The Center for Digital Government’s Digital City Survey ranked Roanoke #2 in the 75,000-124,999 population range, making this the 14th consecutive year that Roanoke was ranked a Top Digital City in the top 10 of all cities in its population range.
  • The Virginia Statewide Neighborhood Conference recognized the West End Target Area project with the “Project of the Year” award.
  • The Virginia Chapter of the American Planning Association selected the Gainsboro History Walk Interpretive Panels project for its 2015 Award for Grassroot Efforts. The project shares the Gainsboro neighborhood’s contribution not only to the City of Roanoke, but also to the country.
  • The Municipal North Renovation project (lobby and entrance restoration, Training Room renovation) was named the American Public Works Association (APWA) Mid-Atlantic Project of the Year.
  • Roanoke earned the Safe and Sustainable Snowfighting Award from the Salt Institute, recognizing excellence in environmental consciousness and effective management in the storage of winter road salt. Roanoke was the only agency in Virginia to be recognized.
  • The City of Roanoke retained its Storm Ready Community Status, designated by the National Weather Service for efforts to improve emergency first responder and community preparedness in the event of a natural disaster.


2015

  • Roanoke served as host city for the 2014 VML Annual Conference. Staff planned the Host City Night, a special event held on Monday evening of conference week. More than 600 people attended the event in Market Square, with a buffet-style meal provided by downtown restaurants. Musical performances included Le Hotclub and the VMI Military Band. Feedback from the attendees was overwhelmingly positive. VML’s Conference Liaison stated that Roanoke’s Host City Night Event was the most successful in 30 years.
  • Roanoke’s Fleet was named one of the 100 Best Fleets in North America and recognized as a Notable Fleet by Government Fleet magazine.
  • The city’s Fleet received honorable mention status in Green Fleet awards sponsored by 100 Best Fleets
  • Star City Reads was recognized by the National Campaign for Grade Level Reading as a National 2014 Pacesetter for making measurable progress on student readiness outcomes.
  • The Public Relations Society of America Blue Ridge Chapter recognized two city communications projects. In the “Green Efforts – Modest Budget” category, communications about the Elmwood Park Improvement Project and its environmental aspects won the Gold Summit Award; and in the “Social Media – Modest Budget” category, citizen engagement through Facebook, the 2014 Social Media Snow Event on the City of Roanoke, Va. – Communications Facebook page earned a Gold Summit Award.
  • Communications to keep the public informed about the 2014 Snow Event also won the Savvy Award from the City-County Communications and Marketing Association for Social Media Engagement on Facebook.
  • The City of Roanoke, Va. – Communications Facebook page 2014 April Fool’s Prank showing the Mill Mountain Star on a world tour won Government Social Media’s Golden Post Award.


2014

  • Outstanding Achievement Award in the 2014 City Livability Awards Program at the U.S. Conference of Mayors’ 82nd Annual Meeting in Dallas, Texas. Roanoke received the award for its 2013 Parks and Arts Program.
  • Virginia Living magazine readers voted Mill Mountain Discovery Center as one of the Best Nature and Outdoor Museums in the region.
  • A Top 100 Fleet and among the Top 50 cities in the Leading Fleets for 2014, as named by Government Fleet magazine.
  • The Roanoke Fire-EMS Swift Water Rescue Team received the Higgins & Langley Award for their heroic efforts during the July 2013 flash flooding.
  • Government Finance Officers Association Distinguished Budget Presentation Award
  • Government Finance Officers Association Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for the city and its pension plan.
  • Roanoke received the 2013 VML Green Government Challenge “Go Green” Gold Award.
  • The Roanoke Police Department finished third in the 2016 National Law Enforcement Challenge for municipal law enforcement agencies with 75-250 sworn officers.
  • The City-County Communications and Marketing Association (3CMA) recognized Roanoke with two top social media awards: A Savvy Award for “Best Use of Facebook” for the 2015 February snowstorm; and a Savvy Award for its Social Media Center.
  • The Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Blue Ridge Chapter honored Roanoke with a Gold Summit Award for the 2015 snow event on the “City of Roanoke, Virginia–Communications” Facebook page; and a Gold Summit Award for the digital citizen newsletter, “Roanoke Reports.”
  • 100 Best Fleets included Roanoke in its 2016 list of Best Fleets. The program recognizes and rewards peak-performing fleet operations in North America. Roanoke received an Honorable Mention in the 100 Best Fleets’ Green Fleet Awards, which is based on fleet composition, fuel and emissions, policy and planning, fleet utilization, education, and executive and employee involvement.
  • Roanoke was recognized as a Notable Fleet in Government Fleet magazine’s Leading Fleets Program for 2016.
  • GFOA awarded a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting to the City of Roanoke and to the City of Roanoke Pension Plan for its Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports (CAFR) for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2015, and Budget Award.

2013

  • Roanoke was named Second Place in the Digital Cities Survey (75,000-125,000 population class). The city has been recognized in the top 10 for 13 straight years.
  • The Government Finance Officers Association of the U.S. and Canada presented Roanoke with the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for FY12, for the City of Roanoke and the City of Roanoke Pension Plan
  • The city received the Government Finance Officers Association Distinguished Budget Presentation Award.
  • Roanoke’s Department of Public Works won the 2012 Safe and Sustainable Snow-fighting Award from the Salt Institute for excellence in environmental consciousness and effective management in the storage of winter road salt.
  • The National Complete Streets Coalition—an official program of Smart Growth America—recognized the City of Roanoke’s Complete Street Policy as one of the nation’s leading examples of safe, smart transportation policy according to its recent nationwide analysis.
  • Harvard’s Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation recognized the City of Roanoke’s initiative— to apply Quick Response (QR) codes to permit placards for new building activity—as one of 111 innovative government initiatives

2012


  • Roanoke was named a 2012 All-America City for its Community Action Plan, which address readiness for kindergarten, absenteeism, and summer learning.
  • The renovation of the Roanoke City Market Building received the Public Works Project of the Year Award, a national recognition, from the American Public Works Association (APWA). The Roanoke City Market Building also received the APWA Mid-Atlantic Chapter’s “Project of the Year” regional award this year.
  • The City of Roanoke maintained its standing as a Top 10 Digital City for the 10th year.
  • The Eat for Education Campaign received three awards from the Public Relations Society of America: The Lin Chaff Award for Creativity (Blue Ridge Chapter); and the Award of Excellence in Community Relations, and the Best of Show for Public Relations Programs award (Richmond Chapter).
  • The Department of Management and Budget received the Government Finance Officers Association Distinguished Budget Presentation Award.
  • The Roanoke Police Department’s social media initiative was a featured case study with the International Associations of Chiefs of Police (IACP) website, and a published article in the Police Chief Magazine in July 2011.
  • The city’s Arts and Cultural Plan won the Virginia American Planning Association award as Virginia’s Outstanding Plan for 2011-12.
  • Virginia Living magazine named Downtown Roanoke one of the “Best Shopping Areas” in Southwestern Virginia.
  • City Manager Chris Morrill was inducted as President of the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada.

2011

  • Roanoke’s ranking in the Top 10 Digital Cities was maintained for the ninth consecutive year.
  • Roanoke’s Main Library received Roanoker magazine’s Best of 2011 “Gold” award as the “best library branch.”
  • “Inside Roanoke,” the city’s monthly show on Roanoke Valley Television Channel 3 won an Award of Excellence from the City-County Communications and Marketing Association, a national organization; and a Silver Summit Award from the Public Relations Society of America, Blue Ridge Chapter.
  • The city’s “Eat for Education” Public Service Announcement received the Award of Distinction from the 17th Annual Communicator Awards.
  • The E-911 Center achieved re-accreditation as a National Public Safety Communications Agency through the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies.
  • Roanoke’s Fleet was selected as one of the 100 Best Fleets in North America.
  • City Manager Chris Morrill was selected President-Elect of the Government Finance Officers Association of the U.S. and Canada.



2013

  • Roanoke was named Second Place in the Digital Cities Survey (75,000-125,000 population class). The city has been recognized in the top 10 for 13 straight years.
  • The Government Finance Officers Association of the U.S. and Canada presented Roanoke with the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for FY12, for the City of Roanoke and the City of Roanoke Pension Plan
  • The city received the Government Finance Officers Association Distinguished Budget Presentation Award.
  • Roanoke’s Department of Public Works won the 2012 Safe and Sustainable Snow-fighting Award from the Salt Institute for excellence in environmental consciousness and effective management in the storage of winter road salt.
  • The National Complete Streets Coalition—an official program of Smart Growth America—recognized the City of Roanoke’s Complete Street Policy as one of the nation’s leading examples of safe, smart transportation policy according to its recent nationwide analysis.
  • Harvard’s Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation recognized the City of Roanoke’s initiative— to apply Quick Response (QR) codes to permit placards for new building activity—as one of 111 innovative government initiatives

2013

  • Roanoke was named Second Place in the Digital Cities Survey (75,000-125,000 population class). The city has been recognized in the top 10 for 13 straight years.
  • The Government Finance Officers Association of the U.S. and Canada presented Roanoke with the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for FY12, for the City of Roanoke and the City of Roanoke Pension Plan
  • The city received the Government Finance Officers Association Distinguished Budget Presentation Award.
  • Roanoke’s Department of Public Works won the 2012 Safe and Sustainable Snow-fighting Award from the Salt Institute for excellence in environmental consciousness and effective management in the storage of winter road salt.
  • The National Complete Streets Coalition—an official program of Smart Growth America—recognized the City of Roanoke’s Complete Street Policy as one of the nation’s leading examples of safe, smart transportation policy according to its recent nationwide analysis.
  • Harvard’s Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation recognized the City of Roanoke’s initiative— to apply Quick Response (QR) codes to permit placards for new building activity—as one of 111 innovative government initiatives