Award Programs

The National League of Cities recognizes cities and towns that have turned ideas into accomplishments. NLC showcases and shares city successes through a variety of award and recognition programs including:

  • Certificate of Achievment in Leadership Program

    The National League of Cities has developed the NLC University Certificate Program in an effort to recognize and acknowledge excellence in local government leadership. The Certificate Program is built on the core leadership skills for local elected officials.

  • City Cultural Diversity Award

    The National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials (NBC-LEO), a constituency group of NLC, established the City Cultural Diversity Awards to honor cities that exhibit quality and innovation promoting cultural diversity. These awards are presented at the annual Congressional City Conference.

  • City Showcase

    The City Showcase is an annual exhibition of successful, creative programs from cities and towns across the country. Display booths at NLC's annual Congress of Cities and Exposition provide attendees the opportunity to network with their peers, and talk about the details of implementing a great city program.

  • WIMG Leadership Awards

    The Women in Municipal Government (WIMG) award recognizes female municipal officials for their unique and outstanding leadership in local government. Each year, the winner is recognized for implementing a program in local government that helps to improve a city or a town's quality of life for its citizens, particularly if her leadership serves as a specific mentoring model for future women leaders.

  • Past Program: Awards for Municipal Excellence

    For 21 years, from 1989-2010, The Awards for Municipal Excellence identified and showcased outstanding city and town programs that improved the quality of life in America's communities. While the awards will not be offered in 2011, information on past award-winning programs provides examples of city successes in a variety of issue areas