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NLC, CH2M HILL unveil new name for award.

The National League of Cities and CH2M HILL announce a new chapter in the recognition of outstanding city and town programs with their co-sponsorship of the Awards for Municipal Excellence.

The new name reflects the higher standards being applied in evaluating excellence and creativity in municipal programs.

"The Awards for Municipal Excellence will follow the path of the James C. Howland Awards, recognizing exceptional programs that are improving the lives of residents in cities and towns across the country," said Donald J. Borut, executive director of NLC.

The Awards for Municipal Excellence will recognize city programs that have significantly contributed to the quality of life in their city. Nominated programs will be judged on several criteria, including: successful public-private partnership ventures; productive citizen and community collaborations; effective management of municipal resources (public or private); innovative government policies; project implementation with tangible results; and the ability to replicate the project in other cities.

There are four population categories, with-a gold and silver award in each category.

"CH2M HILL believes the title 'Awards for Municipal Excellence' accurately conveys the level of prestige this award brings to its winners, while remaining true to the mission of recognizing urban enrichment that Mr. Howland, our firm's cofounder, envisioned when creating the award 16 years ago," said David Miller, senior vice president of corporate affairs at CH2M HILL.

In 1989, NLC and CH2M HILL joined as sponsors of a recognition program, naming the awards the James C. Howland Awards for Urban Enrichment. It honored a founding partner and chief executive officer of CH2M HILL, James C. Howland.

Nominations will open in March 2006. Detailed information about the Awards for Municipal Excellence will be forthcoming on the NLC website and future features in Nation's Cities Weekly.
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Title Annotation:National League of Cities, awards for municipal excellence
Author:Kelly, Ann S.
Publication:Nation's Cities Weekly
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Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Jan 16, 2006
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