Awards

 
County Awards and Accolades
 
Albemarle County is often recognized through awards and accolades from many agencies and organizations. The following are examples of awards the County has recently received:
 
Quality of Life
  • 6 Best Cities on Instagram, 2016: Livability.com
  • ​Most Exciting City in Virginia, #2, 2015: gogobot.com
  • Top 10 Best Places to Retire, 2015: livability.com
  • 10 U.S. Towns with Incredible Christmas Celebrations, 2015: huffingtonpost.com
  • America's Best Fall Foliage Road Trips, 2015: travelchannel.com
  • Top 100 Best Places to Live, #21, 2015: livability.com
  • 12 Cutest Small Towns in America, 2015: huffingtonpost.com
  • Best College Town in America for Food and Drink, #7, 2015: yahoo.com/thrillist​
  • 22 Best Small Town Family Weekend Destinations, 2015: Vacationidea.com
  • The 9 Most Romantic Cities in The South, #6, 2015: huffingtonpost.com
  • #1 Best City (and surrounding area) to live in USA and Canada: Frommer's Cities Ranked and Rated
  • Most Exciting Place in Virginia, 2014: Movoto Real Estate
  • Best College Town, 2014: TravelersToday.com

 

Health and Safety
  • The Thomas Jefferson Health District Awarded National Accreditation, 2015: The Public Health Accreditation Board
  • Virginia's Healthiest Counties, #4, 2013: University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
  • America’s most beautiful hospital, 2012 presented to Martha Jefferson Hospital by Soliant Health
  • 1st place award for Best Speed Awareness was awarded to Albemarle County Police Department - 2011 Virginia Law Enforcement Challenge Awards
  • Healthiest Place to Live in America, #2: Kiplinger's Personal Finance
  • Healthiest Small City to Live in America, #3: Men's Journal
  • Top Ten Healthiest Cities for Women: American Health
     
Environment and Preservation
  • Albemarle County has received a gold level certification in the Green Government Challenge, 2015: The Virginia Municipal League’s (VML).
  • Albemarle County has received a gold level certification in the Green Government Challenge, 2014: The Virginia Municipal League’s (VML).
  • Crozet Library Awarded LEED Silver Certification, 2014: U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).
  • Albemarle County has received a gold level certification in the Green Government Challenge, 2013: The Virginia Municipal League’s (VML).
  • 2008 Governor’s Environmental Excellence Award, Gold and Flag Award in the Environmental Program (Government) category
  • USGBC LEED Gold Certification, Downtown Transit Center, 2008, 1st LEED Gold municipal designation in the state
  • Albemarle County named “Green Government” November 2008 – Virginia Municipal League
  • Albemarle County Office Buildings earn ENERGY STAR, 2008 and 2010

Recreation and Leisure
  • 5 5 Wine Regions with a Unique Claim to Fame, 2015: Trivago and huffingtonpost.com​
  • America's 5 New Foodie Cities, 2014: Wine Enthusiast
  • Charlottesville/Albemarle County Community Named the Tastiest Town, 2012: Southernliving.com
  • Charlottesville/Albemarle County Area Named 8th Unexpected Beer City, 2012: Livability.com
  • Virginia Named One of the Best Wine Travel Destinations, 2012
  • Best Retirement City for Golfers, #1: Golf Digest magazine
  • Best Tennis Town, #1: Tennis magazine
  • "The Best New Place to Drink Wine": Life magazine
  • 2008 Bicycle Friendly Community, Bronze Level: League of American Bicyclists
  • Top 5 Destinations Every American Should Visit, 2014: : Orbitz.com 
  • #9, America's Favorite Mountain Towns, 2014: Travel and Leisure
  • Top Spot for Agritourism, 2012Go Green Travel Green 

 

Business
  • Northside Library has been included in the American Libraries’ 2015 Design Showcase: American Libraries Magazine. 
  • Honorable Mention for Phase 2 of the Downtown Crozet Streetscape project, 2015: Virginia Transportation Construction Alliance’s (VTCA) 2015 Transportation Engineering Awards.
  • Albemarle County receives $75,000 grant, 2015: The Virginia Telecommunication Planning Initiative


 

Technology
  • Albemarle County Ranks Seventh in the Nation for Delivering Digital Services, 2015: National Association of Counties (NACo).
  • Albemarle County Ranks Second in the Nation for Delivering Digital Service, 2014: Center for Digital Government (CDG).
  • Information Technology (IT) as Efficiency Driver – Government to Government category – 1st place: 2014, Commonwealth of Virginia Innovation Technology Symposium (COVITS).
  • 2nd Best for Delivering Digital Services, 2014, among counties of its size for Use of Information Technology in Delivering Services, by The Center for Digital Government and the National Association of Counties.
  • 4th Best for Delivering Digital Services, 2013: The Center for Digital Government and the National Association of Counties (NACo)
  • 6th Best for Delivering Digital Services, 2012: The Center for Digital Government and the National Association of Counties (NACo)
  • Ranked in Top 10 in the Nation for Use of Information Technology in Delivering Services for 12 years in a row by The Center for Digital Government and the National Association of Counties. years in a row by The Center for Digital Government and the National Association of Counties.

 

Local Government
  • County Receives Coveted AAA Rating from All Three Credit Rating Agencies, 2017: ​​Fitch Ratings, Moody's Investors Service and S&P Global Ratings
  • The Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting, 2016: The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA).
  • The Distinguished Budget Presentation Award to the Office of Management and Budget for its budget of Fiscal Year 2015, The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada’s (GFOA).
  • Distinguished Budget Presentation Award presented to the Office of Management and Budget, 2014: The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA).
  • Governor's Technology Award, 2014: Commonwealth of Virginia Innovative Technology Symposium  
  • Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting, 2013:The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA)
  • Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting, 2012:The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA)  

 

School Accolades
  • Albemarle County Schools are rated among the top 10% of all school divisions in the State.
  • All 25 of our schools are fully Accredited by the Commonwealth of Virginia
  • Albemarle County has two of the four Charter Schools in Virginia
  • All 3 comprehensive high schools place in the top 4% of high schools in the nation by the J. Mathews Challenge.
  • Albemarle County Schools were one of only 19 school divisions in the State to earn the VIP Governor's Award for Educational Excellence
  • 82% of Albemarle County high school graduates pursue post-secondary education
  • Albemarle High School has been selected as a Blue Ribbon School for its music program four times
  • 99.93% of Albemarle County teachers are Highly Qualified under the provisions of the No Child Left Behind Act
  • Conversational Spanish is being taught in all sixteen elementary schools
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