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Reminders for the 2021 Achievement Awards Process

​The deadline to apply for the Municipal Association’s 2021 Achievement Awards, honoring excellence in local government programs, is coming up on Wednesday, February 10. Applications are available at

Municipalities with a population of 20,000 or less have the option of competing in either a population or subject category. Those with a population of greater than 20,000 can compete only in one of the five subject categories. As in past years, projects need to be largely complete to be eligible, and cities and towns can submit a specific project only one additional time if they do not win.

For those competing in a subject category, the awards judges will evaluate both the written entry and a virtual, oral presentation. The presentations will take place on March 1 and 2, at a time assigned by Municipal Association staff after receiving all entries.

Each virtual presentation must last no more than 10 minutes. After each presentation, the judges will have 10 minutes for questions. While developing a presentation, keep these points in mind:

  • Cities and towns may use more than one presenter. However, make sure each presenter knows that time limits are strictly enforced. Presenters can be elected officials, municipal staff, project partners or residents. Paid consultants or vendors may not be presenters.
  • Audiovisual aids like videos or PowerPoint presentations are allowed during the virtual, oral presentations.
The Association will recognize award winners at the Annual Meeting on Hilton Head Island on July 24.

For more information on the Achievement Awards, contact Meredith Houck at 803.933.1215 or