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​The Achievement Awards program has three main objectives: to recognize innovative projects, to share those projects with other municipalities, and to demonstrate the value of cities and towns.

Judging criteria

  • Innovation
  • Efficient use of resources
  • Role in the city’s overall vision
  • Effective use of partnerships
  • Quantifiable results
  • Adaptability to other hometowns

The 2019 judges include two executive directors from municipal leagues in other states as well as a retired local government professional with 30 years of South Carolina experience.

Population Categories

(for municipalities with less than 20,001 population)

Use 2010 population figures from the U.S.Census to select the appropriate category.

  • 1-1,000 population    
  • 1,001-5,000 population
  • 5,001-10,000 population
  • 10,001-20,000 population

Judged on written entry only.


Subject Categories

(open to all municipalities)

  • Communications (includes marketing, image campaigns, websites, social media, e-newsletters, local access channels, etc.)
  • Economic Development – Joseph P. Riley Jr. Award (includes community development, land-use planning)
  • Public Safety (includes emergency, law enforcement and fire services)
  • Public Service (anything not covered in other subject categories)
  • Public Works (includes infrastructure projects)

Judged on written entry and oral presentation.

 2020 Application