The Kentucky League of Cities (KLC) City Government Of The Year Award celebrates cities and allows KLC members of all sizes to be inspired by, learn from and replicate successes in other cities.

The awards are open to cities of all sizes. Each entry will be judged on its positive impact in the city.

The award is not categorized. It’s wide open!

Entries should be limited to 1,500 words. Supplemental materials, including photos, news clips or other types of materials may be submitted online or via mail. The name of the entry as it appears on the entry form must be included on supplemental materials.

Complete your entry or download an entry form online at klc.org through July 31, 2019.

When completing your entry, consider the following:

  • This new award recognizes quality of governance. It could be a program, policy or project accomplished in the last year that elevates your city.
  • Why would you describe your city as outstanding?
  • Identify examples of successes or innovations that demonstrate reasons for your nomination.
  • Did your government address a specific local challenge, issue or desired goal? Did you think outside the box, take an original approach or adapt something you saw elsewhere?
  • Were there obvious results, cost-effectiveness, and immediate and/or long-term positive impact to the community and/or target groups?
  • Explain how things were accomplished. Was this inclusive of citizens, partners or other entities?

  • KLC executive staff will present the award in the winning cities during a council/commission meeting or another event. KLC will work with the city staff to determine the best venue. This will allow the entire community, as well as local media, to participate in the award presentation.
  • KLC will recognize the winners on social media, online and during the 2019 KLC Conference & Expo.
  • The winning entries will be invited to be recognized at the KLC Conference & Expo, and any city representatives in attendance will be acknowledged if they so choose.
  • A donation will be made by KLC to support a city program/project in the amount of $1,000.
  • The winning projects or programs will be recognized in KLC publications and statewide and local media (including customized releases for local media).

  1. The nominated program or project must be associated with a current KLC member city.
  2. The complete entry must be submitted online at klc.org, downloaded/faxed to 859.977.3703 or mailed/delivered to KLC before 5:00 p.m. EDT on July 31, 2019.
  3. Supplemental materials, if any, can include news releases, news or media clippings, or other materials that demonstrate success. If submitting the nomination online, the total file size for supplemental materials may not exceed 25 MB and must be in one of the following formats: .jpg, .jpeg, .gif, .doc, .docx, .png or .pdf.
  4. Submitted information and photos may be used in web, social, video or print media and will not be returned unless requested. If not submitted online, supplemental materials should be sent to 100 East Vine Street, Suite 800, Lexington, KY 40507. All entry materials become property of KLC. By submitting photos, you are giving KLC the right to use images on the web, social, video or print media and are certifying that all copyrights and permissions have been obtained to do so.
  5. Thanks to our support from our sponsor Collins & Company, Inc., KLC will make a donation in support of your city in the amount of $1,000.

Visit klc.org to complete the nomination form or print an application at klc.org. Printed applications may be faxed to KLC by July 31, 2019. Fax: 859.977.3703, attn: Terri Johnson.

Supplemental materials that are mailed or delivered must be received by July 31, 2019, at Kentucky League of Cities, 100 East Vine Street, Suite 800, Lexington, KY 40507.

Persons submitting online applications will receive a confirmation via email.

For more information, contact KLC Director of Marketing & Communications, Terri Johnson or 859.977.3784.

Entries should be complete before submission. Thank you.

We suggest you compose your submission in WORD and cut/paste into this online entry form.

How did this address a specific challenge, problem or desired goal in your city?

Describe results, cost-effectiveness and long-term value to the community and/or target groups.

Were technology and/or social media part of this project?

Was this inclusive of citizens, partners or other entities?

What sets this project/program apart and makes it worthy of recognition?

Supplemental materials in support of your nomination: You may upload multiple photos and other supplemental materials. The TOTAL file size for supplemental materials may not exceed 25 megs and must be in one of the following formats: .jpg, .jpeg, .gif, .doc, .docx, .png, .pdf. If there are problems with the form submission, files will need to be re-selected.

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