Award Winning Community

Since being founded in 1791, the City of Hamilton has leveraged innovation and best practices to position itself as an award winning community. The City and its various departments and divisions have been recognized for the following:

Year


Award


Institution


Recognition

2015
Excellence in Economic Development   IEDC (International Economic Development Council)   The City received a Silver Excellence in Economic Development in the Special Event category for the Downtown Developers Day. The event brought developers into downtown Hamilton to discuss development opportunities.
2015   Excellence in Economic Development
IEDC (International Economic Development Council   The City received the Silver Excellence in Economic Development  in the Public-Private Partnership category for the City's partnership with the Hamilton CORE Fund. 
2015   Excellence in Economic Development   IEDC (International Economic Development Council)   The City received the Gold Excellence in Economic Development award from the IEDC for the Initiative Update in the General Purpose Print Brochure category. 
2015    Finance   GFOA (Government Finance Officers Association)   The GFOA awarded the City with the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award in 2015. This award is given to state and local governments who prepare budget documents of the very highest quality and that reflect GFOA's best practices. 
2014
Finance
GFOA (Government Finance Officers Association)
The GFOA awarded the City with its Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for 2014.The City has also received awards from the GFOA for its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) and its Popular Annual Financial Report (PAFR), making the City of Hamilton one of only a handful of municipalities in Ohio to receive all 3 of these awards.
2014
Best of the Best Water
AWWA (American Water Works Association)
City of Hamilton's Water won the "Best of the Best" Water Taste Test, as the best tasting municipal water in the State of Ohio. The City of Hamilton Water was selected from a total of 15 entries in this year's statewide competition.
2014
Tree City USA
National Arbor Day Foundation
The National Arbor Day Foundation has recognized Hamilton, Ohio, as a Tree City USA community. This marks the 10th consecutive year Hamilton has received the award. In addition, the Hamilton Tree Advisory Board received its fourth Growth Award.
2013
Auditor of State Award with Distinction
Auditor of State
A recent financial audit of the City of Hamilton, Ohio by Auditor of State Dave Yost's office has returned a clean audit report. The City of Hamilton's excellent record keeping has earned it the Auditor of State Award with Distinction.
2013
Gold Award
International Economic Development Council
Coon Restoration/City of Hamilton Public-Private Partnership (Population 25,000 to 200,000)
2013
Silver Award
International Economic Development Council
Strategic Initiative Update (Population 25,000 to 200,000)
2012
Outstanding Achievement in Popular Financial Reporting
GFOA
The City of Hamilton has been awarded the Award for Outstanding Achievement in Popular Financial Reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada for its 2011 PAFR.
The Popular Annual Financial Reporting Awards Program is specifically designed to encourage state and local governments to prepare and issue high quality popular annual financial reports.
2012
Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting
GFOA
The City of Hamilton has once again been awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for its 2011 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR). The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management.
2012
Tree City USA
Arbor Day Foundation
This is the 9th year Hamilton has earned the national designation. Hamilton achieved Tree City USA recognition by meeting the program's 4 requirements: a tree board or department, a tree-care ordinance, an annual community forestry budget of at least $2 per capita and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation.
2012
CALEA
Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies
The Hamilton Police Department has been recognized for the seventh time by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies. This accreditation came on March 24, 2012 and represents our agencies ongoing acceptance of the obligation to continue the quest for professional excellence. Major law enforcement associations, leading educational and training institutions, governmental agencies, as well as law enforcement executives internationally, acknowledge CALEA and its Accreditation programs as benchmarks for professional law enforcement agencies. The Law Enforcement Accreditation of the Hamilton Police Department is for 3 years.
2011
Tree City USA
Arbor Day Foundation
This will be the 8th consecutive year Hamilton has received the award.The nationally recognized Tree City USA award is presented annually to those communities that have met maintenance standards for trees growing along their streets and in their parks. The 4 standards are: 1) having a designated tree board, forestry professional or city department responsible for the care of trees in the community; 2) passing a tree care ordinance; 3) having an active forestry program in place with an annual budget of at least $2 per capita; and 4) proclaiming and hosting an Arbor Day celebration.
2010
Public Gas System Achievement (PDF)
American Public Gas Association
This is one of the highest honors a public gas system can receive. Additionally, being selected for this Award from over 700 public gas systems nationally adds even greater significance to this achievement.
2010
Reliable Public Power Provider (PDF)
American Public Power Association
This designation acknowledges the City of Hamilton, for providing its customers, the citizens of Hamilton, with the highest degree of reliable and safe electric service.
2010
Best Tap Water (PDF)
Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting
Hamilton was able to unseat its Canadian rivals as Gold Medal Winner for the Best Tap Water in the World at the 20th Annual Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting. The Berkeley Springs competition, the oldest and largest water tasting competition in the world, is aptly known as the Olympics of Water.
2010
Best of the Best Water Taste (PDF)
American Water Works Association (Ohio section)
The City of Hamilton's Water won the Best of the Best Water Taste Test, as the best tasting municipal water in the State of Ohio.
2010
US Census Partner Appreciation
U.S. Census Bureau
The City of Hamilton was presented a partner recognition plaque on September 14, 2010 from Dr. Robert Groves, Director of the U.S. Census Bureau for the facilitation of the process to achieve a complete and accurate census count in 2010. The Census Bureau thanked the community for their time and resources in helping to paint the new portrait of America. The City of Hamilton's Mayor presented this plaque to the You Count' Committee and the Planning Department at the September 22, 2010 City Council meeting. These entities led the coordination effort for the City of Hamilton. Initial count figures will be released prior to the end of 2010, according to the Census.gov website.