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The OCMA Annual Awards recognize fellow local government colleagues who are going above and beyond to promote excellence in local government.

Nominations are reviewed by an award review panel. Finalists are recognized by their peers and awarded a plaque at the Annual Awards during the OCMA Annual Conference.

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There are 8 awards that recognize:

Projects that physically change and strengthen communities:
1. Placemaking
2. Redevelopment Projects

Individuals:
3. Career Achievement Award
4. Career Development / Mentoring Award
5. Distinguished Early Career Award new

Communities:
6. Innovation in Local Government Award
7. Citizen Participation Award
8. Intergovernmental Cooperation Award

The annual award nomination deadline is January 19, 2024.


Recognizes projects that physically change and strengthen communities:

Placemaking

Highlights innovative ways that communities create unique public spaces. Placemaking projects are often on a smaller scale, and help attract and retain talent, residents and businesses by providing a sense of community and place. 

Eligibility:

Project/Programs must be substantially completed.

Redevelopment Projects

Recognizes innovative community redevelopment projects.

Eligibility:

Project/Programs must be substantially completed.


Recognizes individuals:

Career Achievement Award
Recognizes an outstanding local government administrator who has:

  • Fostered representative democracy by enhancing the effectiveness of local elected officials and by consistently
  • Demonstrated a commitment to the development of the profession, especially through involvement in ICMA/OCMA.

Eligibility:

  • OCMA Membership
  • A minimum of 10 years of senior-level service to the profession within the State of Ohio.

Career Development / Mentoring Award

Honors a OCMA member who has made a significant contribution to the development of new talent in professional local government management.

Distinguished Early Career Award new

Recognizes an individual who is leading, changing and establishing the standard for professional management of the next decade.

Eligibility:

OCMA Membership

Eligibility:

  • Eligibility within the first 15 years of profession
  • Example unique contributions to the profession
  • Display of growing Leadership Responsibilities

Recognizes communities:

Innovation in Local Government Award

Recognizes one or more local governments that have successfully applied the concepts of reinvention, reengineering, TQM, customization, or other cutting-edge organizational tools in the delivery of public services.

Eligibility:

Program(s) must be fully implemented for at least one full year.

Citizen Participation Award

Recognizes successful strategies designed to inform citizens about the local government services available to them and to include citizens in the process of community decision making. The award concentrates on such areas as community consensus building and adult (non student) citizenship education.

Eligibility:

Program(s) must be fully implemented for at least one full year.

Intergovernmental Cooperation Award

Recognizes outstanding programs developed out of cooperative actions or strategic partnerships between at least two jurisdictions or between a jurisdiction and a nonprofit agency established by a jurisdiction.

Eligibility:

Program(s) must be fully implemented for at least one full year.