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 on the city.

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

Complete your entry or download an entry form online at klc.org through July 14, 2023.

When completing your entry, consider the following:

  • This 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 an event/virtual event. KLC will work with the city staff to determine the best venue.
  • A special video will recognize the winners on social media, online, and during the events/virtual events. The video may be used locally by the winning cities.
  • 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 14, 2023.
  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 the 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 14, 2023. Fax to 859.977.3703, attention Terri Johnson.

Supplemental materials that are mailed or delivered must be received by July 14, 2023, at Kentucky League of Cities, 100 East Vine Street, Suite 800, Lexington, KY 40507.

Anyone submitting an online application will receive a confirmation email.

For more information, contact Member Relations Manager Terri Johnson or call 859.977.3784.

Entries should be complete before submission.

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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