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About Asheboro: Awards & Recognitions

2012 - Named a Certified Retirement Community by the State of North Carolina
The City of Asheboro is one of the first communities to be designated a “Certified Retirement Community” by the state of North Carolina.  The distinction means that Asheboro has passed a stringent test of readiness and met a rigorous set of requirements encompassing comprehensive community survey and assessment tools that span numerous dimensions reflective of the community’s preparedness for retiree attraction.

2011 - UNC School of Government – Government Information Grant Award Quarterly Award Winner
This program, a partnership among the UNC School of Government, the Local Government Federal Credit Union (LGFCU) and the North Carolina Local Government Information Systems Association (NCLGISA), is designed to spur and reward technology-based innovation by offering incentives to North Carolina local governments engaged in innovative, replicable endeavors that help improve citizen services.  The City of Asheboro received this award in recognition of its use of the “Mobile 311 Program”, which utilizes a GPS based system to improve sanitation service and to provide better record management in the Public Works Division.

September 2011 – ICMA “Community Sustainability Award” – Populations of 10,000-49,999
The International City/County Management Association’s Community Sustainability Award recognizes programs or process that creatively balance a community’s social, economic, environmental and cultural needs.  The City of Asheboro received this award in recognition of its use of the “Mobile 311 Program”, which utilizes a GPS based system to improve sanitation service and to provide better record management in the Public Works Division.

February 2011 – G. Herbert Stout Award for Visionary Use of GIS by Local Government in North Carolina
The “Herb Stout Award” was created to honor exemplary use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) by a local government.  The award has been presented at each North Carolina GIS Conference since 1993.  Almost 20 years later, the award continues to recognize local governments that are using GIS to meet their operational needs and serving the public in an outstanding manner.  There were three awards presented in 2011, recognizing a city or town government, a county government and a regional government or local/regional authority. 
The City of Asheboro was awarded this recognition for the Mobile 311 program.

2010 – Designated “Preserve America” Community
Preserve America recognizes and designates communities, including municipalities, counties, neighborhoods in large cities, and tribal communities, that protect and celebrate their heritage, use their historic assets for economic development and community revitalization, and encourage people to experience and appreciate local historic resources through education and heritage tourism programs. Since the program began in 2003, 843 communities have been designated as Preserve America Communities from throughout the country. Participants come from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and two U.S. territories. Newly designated communities are notified by a letter from Mrs. Michelle Obama, First Lady of the United States.
Benefits of designation include White House recognition; eligibility to apply for Preserve America Grants; a certificate of recognition; a Preserve America Community road sign; authorization to use the Preserve America logo on signs, flags, banners, and promotional materials; listing in a Web-based Preserve America Community directory; inclusion in national and regional press releases; official notification of designation to state tourism offices and visitors bureaus; and enhanced community visibility and pride. Preserve America Communities are also featured in National Register Travel Itineraries and in "Teaching with Historic Places" curricular material created by the National Park Service.

2010 – “Outstanding Achievement in Innovation” Award for the Alliance for Innovation
The City of Asheboro received an “Outstanding Achievement in Innovation” award from the Alliance for Innovation for its Mobile 311 Program.  The City of Asheboro’s Mobile 311 program is a GIS-based tool used to get field data into the office.  Using touch-screen mobile phones with cameras as data collectors, a wide range of City employees are able to submit information on utility issues, sanitation routes, maintenance projects, graffiti and more.  The phones can also be set to leave “breadcrumbs” allowing constant GPS tracking to monitor routes and equipment.  Data is collected in a customized GIS application, allowing supervisors and staff the ability to track projects, maintain records of service, explore trends and monitor the efficiency of operations. 

2010 – Central Region Operations and Maintenance Excellence Award (Wastewater Treatment Plant)
North Carolina American Water Works Association and the North Carolina Water Environment Association’s Professional Wastewater Operators (PWO) Committee is an outreach committee that fosters networking and professionalism for our state’s 3,000+ wastewater operators and other plant personnel, who are on the front lines of protecting our water environment.
This award marks the best use of the resources available to that facility, and honors the wastewater plant personnel that serve the community with a high level of professionalism and diligent work in the
operation and maintenance of their wastewater treatment facility.

2010 – Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting
The City has received this award for its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report from the Government Finance Officers Association for over 20 years.  It recognizes state and local governments who go beyond the minimum requirements of generally accepted accounting principles to prepare comprehensive annual financial reports that evidence the spirit of transparency and full disclosure.
  
2009- Trees Asheboro Award
Trees Asheboro presented the City of Asheboro with its inaugural Tim Womick Award in recognition of the city's tree-planting initiatives and its continued support of Trees Asheboro projects around the community.