Recognition and Accomplishments

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Here is a selection of recognition, awards and accomplishments by City of Fairfax government offices,  departments and community.

 

2016

  • Ranked third out of 500 cities nationwide for finding a non-profit job by GoodCall
  • Ranked #17 of Top 20 Safest Cities in Virginia by SafeWise
  • Ranked #7 Top College Town by Livability.com
  • VML Silver-Level Go Green certification
  • Parks and Recreation Department Receives CAPRA National Accreditation
  • Implementation of 'Technology Zone' city-wide for businesses 
  • Second place, police vehicle graphics - Police Fleet Manager Magazine graphic design contest

 

2015

  • Ranked Fittest City in America by Time
  • Ranked #2 Best City for Starting a Business in Virginia by NerdWallet
  • Ranked 52nd out of 405 cities nationwide for women entrepreneurs by GoodCall
  • Ranked 11th in the nation for soccer fans by Wallet Hub
  • Sesquicentennial Leadership Award  
  • Jack Wood Awards: Business/Non-Profit (Spotlight on the Arts Festival), Partnership Initiative (#VisionFairfaxMason) 
  • Ranked #17 Best City for Young Families in Virginia by NerdWallet

 

2014

  • Google e-City – Virginia
  • Tree City USA (since 1987)
  • Fifth safest city in Virginia by Movoto Real Estate
  • VML Silver-Level Go Green certification
  • Technology Innovation Award from the Virginia Emergency Management Association for development of the NOVA DRT (Damage Reporting Tool) app
  • Global Philanthropy Partnership National Grant recipient
  • Distinguished Budget Presentation Award — Government Finance Officers Association (since 1994)
  • Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting Program (CAFR Program) (since 1979)
  • Named “great place for entrepreneurs” by Forbes

 

 

2013

  • Aaa Bond Rating Reaffirmed by Moody’s Investor Service
  • #1 Budget Accessibility — Virginia Coalition for Open Government
  • Keep American Beautiful Distinguished Service Citation National Award
  • VML Achievement Award for Communication
  • VML Silver-Level Go Green certification
  • Smart Growth America public workshop on economic and fiscal health recipient
  • Cityscreen-12 programs go high-definition (HD)
  • Mason Enterprise Center named in Top 10 U.S. and Top 20 Global University Business Incubators by the UBI Index
  • Virginia Department of Environmental Quality grants recipient
  • Summer Day Camp accreditation — American Camp Association

 

 2012

  • Communicator Award for Excellence in Video and Commercials — International Academy of Visual Arts awarded to Cityscreen-12
  • Virginia Department of Health Office of Drinking Water Recognition Program
  • Virginia Living Best in Virginia Award for Van Dyck Park

 

2011

  • Virginia Recreation and Parks Society Best New Facility Award
  • Green flag status from the Eco-Schools USA  to Sidney Lanier Middle School
  • Washingtonian Best of Fairfax Award (Van Dyck Park and Fairfax Spotlight on the Arts)
  • VML Silver-Level Go Green certification
  • Major federal stimulus funds beneficiary
  • Gold Medal – American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration and National Recreation and Park Association
  • Virginia Recreation and Parks Society Best New Facility Award — Stacy. C. Sherwood Community Center

 

2010

  • Upgraded to AAA credit rating by Moody’s
  • The Washingtonian Magazine Best of Fairfax Award – Van Dyck Park and Spotlight on the Arts
  • Governor’s Technology Award
  • VML Green Government certification recipient
  • Commendation award for excellence in design from the American Institute of Architects (Civil War Interpretive Center at Historic Blenheim)
  • Gold Medal finalist – American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration and National Recreation and Park Association
  • Best Promotional Piece Award — Virginia Recreation and Park Society
  • Virginia General Assembly Resolution of Commendation for Fairfax Spotlight on the Arts

 

 

2009

  • Upgraded to AAA rating by Standard & Poor’s
  • VML Green Government certification recipient
  • Forbes #3 Place to Live in USA
  • National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Chesapeake Bay Stewardship Fund Grant (Ashby Pond)
  • Virginia Recreation and Park Society best new facility award — Stafford Drive Park
  • Virginia Recreation and Park Society best renovation award — Draper Drive Park
  • Best Promotional Piece Award — Virginia Recreation and Park Society
  • Outstanding New Professional Award — Virginia Recreation and Park Society

 

2008

  • Stacy C. Sherwood Community Center funding gift receipt
  • Virginia Recreation and Parks Society Best Promotional Effort – Basic Award
  • Washington Business Journal’s Retail Deal Award to Old Town Village

 

2007

  • SAFER Act grant recipient 
  • Centreville Moose Lodge grant recipient for public safety
  • Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation grant recipient
  • Northern Virginia Transportation Commission — receipt of CUE Bus hydrogen fuel injectors
  • Virginia Department of Fire Programs grant recipient

 

2006

  • Virginia Department of Historic Resources grant recipient
  • 2005 Virginia Chiefs Challenge, first place
  • 2005 International Association of Chiefs of Police National Challenge, third place

 

2005

  • Awards for Excellence in Community and Public Service and Public Safety, Mothers Against Drunk Driving and Fairfax County Alcohol Safety Action Program recognition

 

2004

  • Virginia Department of Conservation grant received to implement city watershed plan
  • VML Insurance Program 2004 Margaret A. Nichols Risk Management Leadership Award
  • VML Achievement Award to the Community Relations Office

 

2003

  • DMV Select Office opens in City Hall
  • National School Public Relations Association Award of Merit to School Superintendent’s Office

 

2002

  • American Public Transportation Association Gold Award
  • VML grants to fund safety equipment for Utility Department
  • Northern Virginia Crime Prevention Association award
  • Recognized by Commonwealth of Virginia and the U.S. military for assistance following terrorist attacks on the Pentagon
  • Federal grant recipient for counter-terrorism measures
  • Honor Award from the Community Appearance Alliance of Northern Virginia to the Public Works Department

 

2001

  • Gold Award, American Public Transportation Association
  • Top 25 Wireless Innovator for NextBus technology

 

 

2000

  • City of Fairfax Police Department earn initial accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement (CALEA)
  • Federal grant recipient to establish police officers in city schools
  • VML Achievement Award for Communication to Community Relations Office
  • National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors Award to Cityscreen-12
  • Life Safety Achievement Award from the Residential Fire Safety Institute
  • Medical Award Certificate from the United States Marine Corps to the Fire Department
  • Virginia’s Governor’s Technology Award, Education K-12  to Information Technology Department
  • Keep Virginia Beautiful award
  • Keep America Beautiful honorable mention 
  • American Public Transportation Association Gold Award
  • Elks Club for Community Policing and Selective Enforcement recognition
  • Prince William County SWAT Competition – third place

 

1999

  • Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation grant recipient — Daniels Run stream stabilization
  • Commonwealth of Virginia grant recipient — archaeological investigation of Blenheim estate
  • Established Fall for the Book Festival with George Mason University