Recognition and Rankings

Scottsdale has earned our reputation as a world-class community. Here are some of the city's latest awards and accolades.

Scottsdale achieves What Works Cities Silver Certification.

A Bloomberg Philanthropies Initiative, the certificationlinks to external site rates how well cities are managed by measuring the extent to which city leaders incorporate data and evidence in their decision-making. Scottsdale was recognized for adopting a business mindsetlinks to external site to run a well-managed government, embracing transparency, embedding data in decision-making – and several other accomplishments that resulted from those practices. Scottsdale was one of seven cities to achieve 2019 What Works Cities Certification and the smallest city to be certified to-date. (April 2019)

Scottsdale's Railroad Park Captures Best Park Award. After a long bracketed battle of the 32 best local parks in America, McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park in Scottsdale has come out on top. The Scottsdale park earned the 2019 Engaging Local Government Leaders Knope Award in early April for best local parks and open spaces. The annual award, named for Amy Poehler's character Leslie Knope from the NBC sitcom "Parks and Recreation,"honors local government facilities. Parks were this year's focus, but libraries and city hall buildings previously have been honored. ELGL sponsors the award, links to external site and it is named for Deputy Parks Director Leslie Knope from the NBC sitcom Parks and Recreation. The award recognizes the best places in local government, which this year focused on the best publicly-owned local park or open space. 

Scottsdale earns Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting. The 2018 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report was recognized by the Government Finance Officers’ Association. This certificate is the highest form of recognition in governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management. (April 2019)

Operation Fix It receives Outstanding Achievement in Local Government Innovation Award. This award recognizes programs that successfully confront an important service delivery dilemma and had a positive impact and benefit to the community. (April 2019)

Tourism and Events wins six advertising awards for Old Town rebranding. The Phoenix Chapter of the American Advertising Federation presented ADDY Awards (PDF)links to external site for the Old Town Rebrand Campaign, including three gold level awards (for magazine print, outdoor board advertising and integrated  campaign), one silver award (for magazine print) and one bronze (for outdoor board). The Tourism and Events Department was also awarded the coveted Judge’s Choice Award for the entire campaign. (March 2019)

Scottsdale earned its 29th consecutive “Distinguished Budget Presentation Award.” This highest form of recognition in government budgeting is awarded by an independent panel of peer reviewers links to external sitefrom across the United States and Canada. Scottsdale’s FY 2018/19 budget document once again passed muster, meeting or exceeding standards as a policy document, a financial plan, an operations guide and a communications device. 

Scottsdale Water featured in the EPA’s newest management publication. The city is one of five utilities nationwide highlighted in Effective Utility Management in Action, Utility Case Exampleslinks to external site. The case examples inform utilities about how peer water service providers have integrated Effective Utility Management–a utility-specific continual improvement program–into their day-to-day operations and future planning initiatives. (February 2019)