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City Awards & commendations

The City of Sacramento strives to provide excellence in all of its services. Here are just some of the accolades that represent a small portion of the recognition we've received:




  • Sacramento is now ranked within the top 10 cities in its population class from the Center for Digital Government's 2014 Digital Cities Survey.
  • The City of Sacramento is a finalist in the 2014 Best of the Web awards by the Center for Digital Government.
  • The Office of Media & Communications was presented with an award of distinction in the category of Long Form Video for its “Sacramento – History, Character, Lifestyle” outreach video that portrays the vibrant amenities our City has to offer. Recycling & Solid Waste (RSW) was presented with two Awards of Excellence (First Place).


  • In January 2013, the City’s 311 Mobile App received the Government Innovation award from the Sacramento Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA).
  • Received recognition from the California Association of Public Information Officers, the Sacramento Public Relations Association and the Association of California Water Agencies for its “Your Utilities. Your Voice” Program, which engaged customers in 2011 and 2012 regarding the need for rate increases and the sale of bonds to improve aging infrastructure and meet regulatory requirements.
  • The Save Mart “Save Our Pools” Campaign that generated over $1 million received a California Park and Recreation Society State Award for “Champion of the Community.”
  • The Parks Volunteer Program was recognized by California Park and Recreation Society as the best volunteer program in the state due to its creative and innovative strategies and outreach efforts, improved services and community stewardship through “Adopt-a-Park” and “PLAY” (Parks Leadership Youth Academy) programs.
  • Received recognition for the Water Supply Master Plan from the American Public Works Association.
  • In May, the City’s parks system was ranked third best park system in the country by the Trust for Public Land among the top 40 cities.
  • City was recognized as a Top 10 Government Fleet by Government Fleet Magazine and "100 Best Fleets" which is sponsored by Government Fleet magazine, which recognizes and rewards peak performing public sector fleet operations.
  • In July, the City’s Finance Director (Leyne Milstein) received one of two Judges’ Choice awards in the annual “CFO of the Year” awards presented by the Sacramento Business Journal.
  • In September 2013, a Spotlight Award from the Institute for Local Government was given at the Annual Conference of the League of California Cities for “Best Practice Activities and Accomplishments” in sustainability and “Local Leadership toward Solving Climate Change.”
  • The Sacramento Police Department was named 15th of the 50 Most Social Media Friendly Cities of America's Largest Cities by
  • The Sacramento Chapter of the American Public Works Association gave several awards to the City including the Track Relocation project with Project of the Year award, Richards Boulevard/I-5 Interchange with Project of the Year in the $2 million to $10 million Large Agency Division, and the Del Paso Boulevard Streetscape from SR160 to Arden Way with Project of the Year in the $2 million to $10 million Large Agency Division, Parks and Trails Category.
  • In October 2013, the City received Urban Land Institute Principles Honors Award for the revised Planning and Development Code. 
  •  In November 2013, FDi Magazine, a publication by The Financial Times Ltd., ranked the City as a top ten large cities for best infrastructure and was announced and publicized at the 2013 International Economic Development Council Conference.


  • The Sacramento Police Department was recognized as the MADD California Law Enforcement Agency of the Year for 2012 based on the department’s enforcement, training, and prevention efforts.
  • In January 2013, the Center for Digital Government and the Digital Communities program recognized the City as a “top ten” finisher in the Digital Cities Awards program for 2012. The award recognizes results achieved by cities, via the use of technology, in operating efficiencies and realizing strategic objectives despite current fiscal constraints.