Governor’s Awards for Local Government Excellence

Awards to honor Pennsylvania’s local government leaders in recognition of exceptional dedication to improving public services through innovative initiatives.

Each year, one week is designated by the PA Legislature as “Local Government Week,” honoring the dedication of Pennsylvania’s local officials and encouraging citizens to learn how local government functions and affects each resident and business in the community. During this week, the Governor’s Center for Local Government Services has made a tradition of hosting a Local Government Day celebration, featuring the presentation of the Governor's Awards for Local Government Excellence to recognize local officials for their successes in undertaking innovative initiatives to improve the quality of life in their communities.

In 2020 and once again this year, we’ve adjusted our celebration for pandemic times and made it all highly accessible online for all to see. Please plan to join us.

Nominations are Now Closed

Nominations for the 2021 Governor’s Awards for Local Government Excellence are now closed. Join us virtually on May 19, 2021, to learn more about this year’s winners.

Award Categories and Criteria

Nominations for the Governor’s Awards for Local Government Excellence may be submitted for one or more of the following award categories:

Building Community Partnerships Innovative Planning and Sound Land Use Practices
Responding to Adversity Intergovernmental Cooperation
Promoting Community/Economic Revitalization Information Technology
Innovative Community/Governmental Initiatives Health & Wellness Initiatives
Fiscal Accountability and Best Management Practices Individual

View the 2020 Award Winners

Learn more about the ten communities and eight individuals who were recognized at the virtual 2020 Governor’s Awards for Local Government Excellence that were held on October 26, 2020.

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