COMMUNITY OF ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
-Applications for the Community Achievement Award are provided through the TMCN Office.
-Applications should be concise – one page if possible (detailed overview of planning process, beautification programs and student projects are NOT necessary)
-Deadline to submit application is August 1st
-A TMCN Committee will review applications and verify that categories have been completed satisfactorily
-The Award will be valid for three years, after which, the city can re-apply to maintain the designation.
CATEGORIES for SELECTION:
Vision A community-based planning process has been conducted within the previous three years. The planning process has identified the goals, activities and programs the community plans to complete or conduct for the purpose of addressing concerns for local economy and quality of life issues. The goals, activities and programs are prioritized and assigned to specific community organizations for action or implementation.
Pride Beautification and/or clean-up has been addressed through a local organization or city ordinance. A plan of action for beautification has been developed and is being carried out OR city ordinances for clean-up have been established and are being enforced.
Youth Involvement School age citizens are serving on city-sponsored committees, chamber of commerce committees, working as volunteers with civic groups, or are involved in community activities through the guidance of school personnel. A minimum of 6 students are involved in any or all of these adult groups.
Connectivity The community has a web site that has been updated within the calendar year of the award presentation. The site is linked to sites of other organizations and businesses within the community. The site is linked to the Texas Midwest site and other significant regional and state sites
Business Participation Local business is supportive of the application. An endorsement from at least one local business must be included which describes the community’s support in creating a business-friendly atmosphere for success.
Assessment The community has been visited by 2 or 3 neighboring community representatives (arranged through the TMCN office) on a “windshield tour” for visual assessment and interviews with local citizens and business employees for community attitude and perception assessment. A report completed by the visiting representatives and submitted to the TMCN Office is delivered to the host community.
ALL STAR COMMUNITY AWARD
-Awards Committee reserves the right of review to validate applications and confirm that judging be conducted
-Judging of applications will be done by a panel of judges who do not reside in the region
-Minimum of two applications must be received to conduct judging
-Only one recipient awarded
AWARD & RECOGNITION:
-Award recipient announced at the Annual Texas Midwest Conference in October
-2,500 cash award to the organization submitting the application
-News story and photo for local paper
-Lapel pins for 10 local leaders (more available for purchasing exclusively by awarded cities)
CRITERIA FOR APPLICANTS:
-Current Recipient of the Community Achievement Award (within the 3-year designation period) ELIGIBLE for 2017 Award: Bronte, Early, Eastland, Eden, Menard, & Strawn
-Explanation of how goals set for the Community Achievement Award have been addressed – 500 words (or less) essay which includes no more than 4 photos on the page
-Explanation of how recommendations from the Assessment Visit conducted for the Community Achievement Award have been addressed – 500 words (or less) essay, with a separate photo page which includes no more than 4 photos on the page
-Explanation of a significant project, program or event related to at least one of the six categories for selection of the Community Achievement Award (Vision, Pride, Youth Involvement, Connectivity, Business Participation and Assessment) that brings special recognition to the community – 500 words (or less) essay with a separate photo page which includes no more than 4 photos on the page
-Eligible communities may apply every year as long as a different project, program or event related to one of the six categories for selection of the Community Achievement Award is explained – 500 words (or less) essay with a separate photo page which includes no more than 4 photos on the page
-Deadline – AUGUST 1st