Awards and Accolades

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ACCOLADES

Santa Clarita Named One of 15 Healthiest Places to Travel
Expedia’s Travel Blog – Viewfinder, 2018

Santa Clarita Named “19th Healthiest City” out of 174 American Cities
Wallethub.com, 2018

Santa Clarita Ranked 16 out of 182 “Happiest Cities in “America”
Wallethub.com, 2018

Santa Clarita Ranked 4th out of more than 200 cities in the American Cities of the Future in the Small American City of the Future category
fDi Magazine, 2017-2018

Santa Clarita Named one of the “Top 100 Safest Cities in America” the 3rd safest city with a population of 200,00 or more
National Council for Home Safety and Security, 2017

Santa Clarita Named One of the 50 Safest Cities in California
Safewise.com, 2017

Santa Clarita Named One of the Top 1010 Safest Cities in America
Safehome.org, 2017

Santa Clarita Reached Platinum Level Status for Energy Management which allows the City for bonus rebate funding
Southern California Edison, 2017

Santa Clarita Named One of the 25 Safest Cities in America – top 25th percentile
Smartasset.com, 2016

Santa Clarita Named Sixth Largest City in Terms of Tax Assessments
The Signal, 2016

Most Business Friendly City in L.A. County Finalist
Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC), 2016

21st in Retail Sales
California Retail Survey, 2016

Runner Friendly Community
Road Runners Club of America, 2016

Best City to Retire in Southern California
Only in your State, 2016

Santa Clarita Named “America’s 20th Best City to Live” the only California city to rank in the top 20
24/7 Wall St., 2015

Bronze Level Bicycle Friendly Community Award
The League of American Bicyclist, 2015

LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold Certificate for the Old Town Newhall Library for its efficient and sustainable design features
LEED, 2015

Most Business-Friendly City Finalist
Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC), 2015

Top five Most Business-Friendly Cities in Los Angeles County
Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC), 2014

Most Business-Friendly City in Los Angeles County
Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC), 2008 (Cities over 50,000 residents)

Santa Clarita Named One of the Top 100 Best Places to Live
Liveability.com, 2014

10th Most Economically Diverse City in America 
WalletHub.com, 2015

Santa Clarita ranked third safest city in America
Parenting Magazine, 2014

Named among Best Cities for Young Families
NerdWallet.com, 2014

Second Safest Mid-Sized City in America
Movoto.com, 2014

Top 20 Cities for Job Seekers in California
NerdWallet.com, 2014

#22 of Top 50 California City Retail Markets
CA Retail Survey, 2013

Rideshare Diamond Award for its Outstanding Marketing Program for “Bike to Work Day and Employee Rideshare Program”
Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, 2012

Top Ten Small Cities of the Future
fDi Intelligence, 2011/2012 (Growth, Strategy and Potential for Profitable Investment)

Santa Clarita Top Ranked Municipalities in the Nation
Center for Digital Government and Government Technology, 2010 & 2009

Clean Air Award for Model Community Achievements
Air Quality Management District (AQMD), 2008

Santa Clarita Top Ranked Municipalities in the Nation
Center for Digital Government and Government Technology, 2010 & 2009

Clean Air Award for Model Community Achievements
Air Quality Management District (AQMD), 2008

Best City for Industrial Development
Los Angeles Business Journal (LABJ), 2008

One of 100 Best Places for Young People
America’s Promise, 2006

Best Place to Live in California
CNN Money Magazine, 2006

“One of the best and most affordable suburbs of the largest cities in the U.S.”
BusinessWeek, 2006

Best Public/Nonprofit Outdoor Family Aquatics Center
Aquatics International Magazine, 2005


AWARDS

Institute for Local Government – The Beacon Award
Agency Energy Savings

Platinum Level, 2013
Platinum Level, 2012

Sustainability Best Practices

Platinum Level, 2016
Gold Level, 2013

Senator Fran Pavley’s Sustainability Award

2015 – for the City’s continued commitment to sustainable initiatives

Special District Leadership Foundation (SDLF)
District Transparency Certificate of Excellence

2016 Sports/Athletics Program – For our outstanding efforts to promote transparency and good governance

Southern California Municipal Athletic Federation (SCMAF)
Appreciation Award

2017
2016
2015

Special Recognition Award

2014, Innovative Sports Activity Award for “Youth Sports and Healthy Families Festival Event”

Citation Award

2015

Golden Shield Award

2015, City of Santa Clarita, Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department

Tree City USA – Arbor Day Foundation

2018, Santa Clarita has won this award for 28 consecutive years

Investment Policy Certificate of Excellent Award

2018, Santa Clarita won for the 24th consecutive year

Association of Public Treasurers of the United States and Canada (APTUSC)

Certificate of Excellence Award; 2017 marks the 23rd consecutive year the City has received the prestigious award

Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA)
Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting Program (CAFR Program)

FY 2016-2017, “Comprehensive Annual Financial Report” Santa Clarita has won 28 years in a row

National Institute for Public Procurement (NIGP)
Achievement of Excellence in Procurement Award

2014 – 2017; 1 of only 68 cities within the US and Canada to be recognized for this award and 2017 marks the 7th time the City has received this award in recognition of Santa Clarita’s purchasing policies and practices

American Public Works Association (APWA) Southern California Chapter

2017

  • Project of the Year – Golden Valley Bridge widening over State Route 14
  • Best Environment Project – Open Space Trail Volunteer Program
  • Top Ten Works Leaders of the Year Award – Director Robert Newman

2014

  • Best Improvement for Public Safety – Old Town Newhall Roundabout
  • Project of the Year – Old Town Newhall Roundabout Project

2013

  • Project of the Year – Old Town Newhall Library Project

2012

  • Project of the Year – Old Town Newhall Library

2010

  • Outstanding Project of the Year – City’s Golden Valley Road Bridge

2009

  • Project of the Year – Completion of the Magic Mountain Parkway/Interstate 5 on and off ramps and intersection expansion project
  • Grand Prize for Best Economic Development Program in the State of California – City’s Small Business Program

2008

  • Grand Prize for Best Economic Development Program in the State of California – Tourism
  • Grand Prize for Best Economic Development Program in the State of California – City’s Film Program
  • Grand Prize for Best Economic Development Program in the State of California – City’s Transit Maintenance Facility

Western Regional Association for Pavement Preservation
2015 – Micro Surfacing Project of the Year

National Association of Government Web Professionals
Pinnacle Award and Members Choice Award

2016
     • Santa Clarita Tourism Website (VisitSantaClarita.com)

2014
     • Santa Clarita Film Office Website (FilmSantaClarita.com)

2013
     • Santa Clarita Tourism Website (VisitSantaClarita.com)

California Association of Public Information Officials (CAPIO)

2018
Excellence in Public Information and Communications Award

• Social Media/New Media, Large Population “Sammy Clarita”
• Crisis Communications/Public Library Safety Educational campaign, “Heads Up”

Award of Distinction

• One- Time Special Event. Large Population – Vegas Vigil

2017
Excellence in Communications Award

• Crisis Communications/Public Safety Educational Campaign, “Sand Fire Crisis Communications Efforts”
• Website – SantaClaritaArts.com

2016
Excellence in Communications

Award of Excellence
• Light up Main Street
• DIVERT Task Force
• Road Resurfacing Project

Award of Distinction
• Road Resurfacing

Award of Merit
• Seasons Magazine

2015
Excellence in Communications

Award of Excellence
• Respect is a Two-Way Street
• City Call

Award of Distinction
• On the Job Series

Award of Merit
• State of the City Videos

2014
Excellence in Communications

Award of Merit
• 2013 State of the City Video

Award of Distinction
• City Call Newsletter

2013
Excellence in Communications

Award of Excellence
• City DUI Awareness Campaign

Award of Distinction
• SEASONS Magazine
• HikeSantaClarita.com
• “HeroineKills: The High is a Lie”

Awards of Merit
• Cowboy Festival

2012
Excellence in Communications

• Electronic Video Production, SENSES Public Service Announcement

2010
Excellence in Communications

Award of Distinction- Public Safety Program
• Sheriff’s Business Alliance
Award of Distinction- Marketing Campaign
• Think Santa Clarita – L.A.’s Most Business Friendly City

2009
Excellence in Communications

Award of Merit- Video
Economic Development Promotional Video
Award of Excellence- Special Publication
Guide to Opening a Small Business in Santa Clarita
Award of Distinction- Marketing Campaign
• Santa Clarita Enterprise Zone Marketing Campaign

2008
Excellence in Communications Award

Public Safety Program or Campaign, Pull to the Right
Website, SCVSheriff.com and MyNewMainStreet.com

International Economic Development Council (IEDC)
2013

• Promotional Award – City of Santa Clarita Economic Development, Santa Clarita Valley Economic Development Guide

2010

• Promotional Award – City of Santa Clarita Economic Development, Annual Report

2009

• Promotional Award – City of Santa Clarita Economic Development, Guide to Opening a Small Business

2008

• Excellence in Economic Development Awards – Winner: Jason Crawford – New Economic Developer of the Year Award

2008

• Honorable Mention Awards
• Enterprise Zone Marketing Program
• Sponsorship Calendar

City-County Communications & Marketing Association (3CMA) – SAVVY Awards

2017:

Digital Interactive, com
Most Innovative, Focus.Live

2016:

One Time Special Programming, Virtual Video Tour

2015
Silver Circle Award

On the Job Series

2012:

• Main Social Media – SENSES

2010

Honoring Creative Marketing & Communications
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Printed Publications – Tourism Guidebook

2010
Silver Circle Award

Printed Publications – Economic Development Annual Report
• Economic Development Annual Report

2008
Honoring Creative Marketing & Communications

• Printed Publications- Printed Publications
• Marketing and Tools- Economic Development

 California Association for Local Economic Development (CALED)

2008
Award of Excellence- Economic Development Promotions

• Santa Clarita Enterprise Zone Marketing Campaign

Grand Prize Award- Economic Development Program

• Small Business Support Program

2007
Best Economic Development Program

• Visit Santa Clarita’s Tourism Program & Film Office

Honorable Mention

• Successful Connections, Economic Development Newsletter

League of California Cities – Helen Putnam Award of Excellence
2017

• Public Safety – Heroin Kills: The High is a Lie-The Shocking Truth About Heroin in Santa Clarita
• Internal Administration – Employment Development Program

2016

• Public Safety – Special Needs Registry

2015

• Economic Development through the Arts for the Old Town Newhall Arts and Entertainment District

2014 

• Cities Counties Schools Partnership Intergovernmental Collaboration Award – Drug Free Youth in Town (DFYIT)

2013

• Enhancing Public Trust, Ethics, & Community Involvement – Neighborhood Services Team and Outreach Program
• Enhancing Public Trust, Ethics, & Community Involvement – Granada Villa Neighborhood Committee

2012

• Enhancing Public Trust, Ethics, & Community Involvement – Neighborhood Services Team and Outreach Program

2010

• Housing Programs & Innovations – Extreme Neighborhood Makeover

2008

• Community Services and Economic Development – Santa Clarita’s Film & Tourism Programs for Secure City Revenue

2007

• Effective Advocacy, Intergovernmental Relations and Regional Cooperation – Newhall Community Center
•  Internal Administration GRAND PRIZE – Graffiti Tracking & Prevention Database

2006

• Enhancing Public Trust, Ethics, and Community Involvement – Santa Clarita’s Youth Grove
• Internal Administration – The City of Santa Clarita Mentoring Program

2003

• Public Works, Infrastructure and Transportation – Golden Valley Road, High School, and Business Park

1999

• SECURE Training Program

 California Travel and Tourism Commission (CTTC)
2008

Marketing Excellence Awards
• Tourism Guidebook, finalist

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