Special awards are presented in three categories: Rookie of the Year, Creativity & Innovation, and Collaboration.
This award recognizes a municipality that remained committed to achieving certification despite challenges along the way
This award recognizes a forward-thinking municipality that supports a culture of creativity and innovation as it implements new approaches to solving problems.
The Hightstown Cultural Arts Commission developed a Public Art Master Plan and Hightstown’s Planning Board adopted it as part of the Borough’s Municipal Master Plan. Included in the plan is a requirement that a percentage of any redevelopment efforts be dedicated to the inclusion of public art. Over the past two years the commission has worked with the greater community to establish pop-up art galleries throughout the borough and dramatic arts and theater performances with children of all ages at the local parks.
Read full descriptions of all past Creativity & Innovation Award recipients here.
This award recognizes municipal green teams that have advanced sustainability by building strong partnerships.
These three municipalities are active participants in the Tri-Town 55+ Coalition, a non-profit, community-based organization that in addition to these municipalities includes local businesses, non-profits, and other public agencies. Its mission is to help address the quality of life and diverse needs and interests of older adults and their families in the three towns. One of the first key initiatives implemented by the coalition is its Rides for Seniors Program that launched in April 2017.
The goal is to help those 65 and older in the towns get to where they want to go, when they want to go, without a smartphone. This on-demand car service program not only serves residents but helps local organizations and businesses as well by enabling older adults remain active in the community.
Read full descriptions of all past Collaboration Award recipients here.