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Call for Entries for 2013 Helen Putnam Awards

Submission Deadline is April 11

February 8, 2013

Each year the League of California Cities honors outstanding work in member cities across the state through the League Partner-sponsored Helen Putnam Awards for Excellence.


If your city has done remarkable, innovative work in any of the 12 categories listed below now is the time to get your deserved recognition. It is an opportunity to thank your employees and collaborators, gain the appreciation of your residents and feel proud of outstanding contributions made to better your city.

This award program recognizes the successes of California cities as demonstrated by beneficial innovations, resourceful efficiencies, improved public service, and overall enhanced public trust and support. It also provides a great opportunity to have a community celebration of the good work you are doing.

Does your city have an outstanding program that delivers efficiency, quality service and innovation? Enter your program to compete for the recognition it deserves.

Award categories include:

  • CCS Partnership Intergovernmental Collaboration Award
  • Community Services and Economic Development
  • Economic Development through the Arts – NEW Category
  • Enhancing Public Trust, Ethics, and Community Involvement
  • Health and Wellness Programs
  • Housing Programs and Innovations
  • Internal Administration
  • League Partners Award for Excellence in City-Business Relations
  • Planning and Environmental Quality
  • Public Safety
  • Public Works, Infrastructure, Transportation
  • Ruth Vreeland Award for Engaging Youth in City Government

Additionally, your city can receive the President's Advocacy Award. This prestigious award honors a distinguished program or individual that best advocates for the League's annual strategic priorities. One outstanding winner may be chosen from the 12 categories.

Your city must be a member of the League of California Cities to apply. To qualify, simply demonstrate that your city offered a program or service that has proven measurable and successful within a minimum of one year of actual implementation. Particular attention and credit is given to applications specifically advancing the League's strategic priorities, which are determined each year by the board of directors.

Online entry deadline is April 11. Submit your application online.

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