Helen Putnam Award
Helen Putnam Award for Excellence Winners Announced at the 2015 Annual Conference and Expo in San Jose September 30th!
Join us September 30th in San Jose for the League of California Cities Annual Conference and Expo! We will announce the winning cities during the Opening General Session.
If you are not attending the Annual Conference September 30th - October 2nd the winners will be listed here the following week upon our return from the conference.
What is the Helen Putnam Award?
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.
The award recognizes the successes of California cities as demonstrated by beneficial innovations, resourceful efficiencies, improved public service, and overall enhanced public trust and support. The award 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 at www.helenputnam.org
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
- 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 League member 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.
Established in 1982 by the League of California Cities, the California Cities Helen Putnam Award for Excellence program recognizes outstanding achievements by California's 482 cities. These winning cities have made unique contributions to community residents and businesses, contributions which have resulted in lower costs or more effective delivery of services. The purpose of the California Cities Helen Putnam Award for Excellence program is to recognize and promote the outstanding efforts and innovative solutions by city governments to:
- Improve the quality of life in local communities.
- Implement efficiencies in service delivery and operations.
- Provide services responsive to the local community.
Sponsored by the League Partners, the Helen Putnam Award for Excellence program was designed to recognize and promote the outstanding efforts and innovative solutions made by city governments each year. For a complete list of this year's categories, please view this year's program brochure.
Award winners are recognized at the League's Annual Conference, in Western City magazine and press release notifications, on the League's website, and in presentations made to city council meetings.
Please contact Melissa Lienau at email@example.com or (916) 658-8216 with any questions.
California City Solutions
California City Solutions is a searchable collection of the League’s prestigious Helen Putnam Awards applications. This annual honor recognizes the outstanding efforts and innovative solutions designed by cities that improve the quality of life in local communities, implement efficiencies in service delivery and operations and provide services responsive to the local community. City officials are encouraged to use this searchable database to learn how their colleagues in other cities have implemented innovative solutions in the delivery of quality local services.
Archive of Winners
Who was Helen Putnam?
Helen Putnam was a mother, school teacher, principal, mayor, and county supervisor. But most of all, Helen Putnam was a person who viewed meeting one's potential as the measure of success. Excellence, to Helen Putnam, was shown by someone who did his or her very best. She was as supportive and loving of people who did their best as she was of people who did the best. To the League and to California cities, Helen Putnam defined excellence. The Award for Excellence is given in her memory.