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With over 800 local government members, 3CMA is the leading national organization for local governments that are innovating new and better ways of communicating with their communities. Here’s what the 3CMA judges said about Redwood City’s website:

“ Redwood City’s personality shines through with this fun and easy-to-navigate Redwood City, CA website. We loved the rotating combination of photos on the home page, the drop down menus and hot topics feature. This is what a government website should be. In the spirit and words of Astronaut Neil Armstrong: One small step in web design, one giant leap for web kind.” 
(go to news release)

The CPRS awards program is the highest recognition a parks agency can receive and the this award is a credit to the staff and volunteers who made the skate park a reality. The Phil Shao Memorial Skate Park provides a state-of-the-art-facility to a unique and growing sport. As one of the most widely used features in any Redwood City park, nearly 200 skaters a day have an opportunity to enhance their skills and enjoy a wonderful facility. 
(go to news release)

Performance measurement information is an important element of each City department's annual budgeting process, through the goals and objectives which it helps them develop. The City also "benchmarks" its performance and accomplishments with other cities of similar size, and uses that information for further improvement. ICMA's Comparative Performance Measurement Program currently assists approximately 120 cities and counties in the United States and Canada with the collection, analysis, and application of performance information. 

The cities and counties recognized by ICMA all use performance data in budgets, management reports, goal-setting, and as an information tool. Many of the awardees, including Redwood City, link the performance information to their strategic plans and have achieved a high degree of longevity and breadth in reporting performance data, and have provided significant training and support for staff in performance management.

  • International City/County Management Association (ICMA2002 "Program Excellence Award"
    In 2002, ICMA honored the Redwood City Family Centers with its 2002 "Program Excellence Award for Innovation in Local Government – Inter-Governmental Cooperation." This prestigious international award illustrates the progressive, creative, and resourceful nature of Redwood City's programs addressing the needs of youth and families in the Redwood City community.

The Redwood City Family Centers (RCFC) program is sustained by an unprecedented interagency agreement between the City of Redwood City, the Redwood City School District, and the County of San Mateo. Redirected services from sixteen agency partners and private foundations contribute to the program's sustainability. Together, RCFC and its partners are working to expand services to additional areas. This unique partnership and the program's measurable success in helping families are two key elements that led to this ICMA award.

The RCFC serves under-performing schools in neighborhoods that are primarily low income, with a high percentage of mono-lingual Spanish-speaking residents and immigrants who are often unfamiliar with the educational and health systems. It provides comprehensive, integrated family support services including: mental health services, tutoring, parenting education, adult education, basic health services, community involvement and parent leadership opportunities, cultural activities, home visiting, and basic needs assistance.

Of the 327 cities nationwide that were ranked, Redwood City came in as the 36th safest city overall, and the 7th safest among the 30 cities of a very similar population. This is the first year that Redwood City has participated in the Quitno rankings.

  • Historic Courthouse/Courthouse Square Project Wins APWA "2008 Project of the Year" Award. The American Public Works Association (South Bay Chapter) has recognized Redwood City's exemplary work on the renovation of the Historic Courthouse, and the creation of the Courthouse Square. The project has received APWA's "2008 Project of the Year" award.

    The 
    APWA Award recognizes this outstanding project with a number of critical public works criteria, including:
    • Use of good construction management techniques, and completion of the project on schedule;
    • Safety awareness and performance;
    • Community relations for the project;
    • Environment protection and special considerations given to particular environmental concerns during the project;
    • Unusual accomplishments under adverse conditions such as age or condition of the facility, adverse weather, soil, or other site conditions;
    • Exceptional efforts to maintain quality control; construction innovations; time and/or money-saving techniques.
    (go to news release)

  • Project READ Receives Kent Award, Congressional Recognition. Redwood City’s Project READ, in collaboration with Cañada College, has received a J. Russell Kent Award, sponsored by the San Mateo County School Boards Association, as well as a Certificate of Recognition from the California Senate and aCertificate of Special Congressional Recognition from the U.S. House of Representatives. These accolades are in recognition of Project READ’s outstanding and invaluable service to the community.

    The Kent Award was presented for Project READ’s Inmate Peer Tutor Program, offering college credit to inmates who successfully complete a literacy program with Project READ tutors. And, a tutor-training course is offered at Cañada College– Literacy Tutoring in the Community – providing students with new skills and abilities to help enhance literacy. The State Senate and Congressional Certificates honor Project Read and Canada College for their exemplary efforts on behalf of the community, in achieving the Kent Award. 
    (go to news release)

  • Redwood City PAL Board President is Volunteer of the Year. Redwood City Police Activities League Board of Directors President Alpio Barbara has been named the National Police Activities League (NAPAL) Volunteer of the Year. He was presented with this award on May 29th in Denver, Colorado at the National Association of Police Athletic/Activities Leagues Annual Conference.

    The National PAL Volunteer of the Year award is the crown jewel of awards for PAL programs across the Nation. “We are honored that our Board President, Alpio Barbara, has been chosen for this award. His hard work and dedication to Redwood City PAL has made a difference to the youth in our community, and he well-deserves to be recognized,” stated Redwood City Police Chief Louis A. Cobarruviaz. Alpio was also recognized as the 2007 “Volunteer of the Year” for the California Police Activities League on Monday, April 7th in Sacramento. And, he was the first Redwood City PAL Citizen of the Year in 2004, and that award is now named in his honor. 
    (go to news release)

  • City Wins American Planning Association Award. Redwood City's Downtown Precise Plan has won the 2008 "Comprehensive Planning - Small Jurisdiction" award from the American Planning Association, Northern California Chapter. This award represents Redwood City's visionary approach and innovative concepts in addressing the needs of our community, focusing on our Downtown. Redwood City's Downtown Precise Plan is recognized as a model for other jurisdictions, excellent use of professional planning principles, high value to the community, public participation, and coordination both in-house and with consultants. 

  • Redevelopment Agency Wins Statewide Award. The Redevelopment Agency of Redwood City has won a California Redevelopment Association (CRA) “Award of Excellence” for the Courthouse Square, the Courthouse façade renovation, and the Broadway and “ Theatre Way” streetscape improvements.

    Each year the CRA recognizes redevelopment projects from around the state that have significantly benefited their communities. Redwood City is proud to accept this Award of Excellence, which honors the City’s investments in the heart of downtown, fostering a sense of place, enhancing community pride, and creating the city’s comfortable, inviting “outdoor living room.” 
    (go to news release) 

  • City Wins "Diamond Award" for Courthouse Square and Events. Redwood City has been recognized by the Peninsula Arts Council with its annual "Diamond Award" for the City 's vision in developing the Courthouse Square, which has permanently enhanced the downtown business area and has created a vibrant artistic forum for the public 's enjoyment.

    The Peninsual Arts Center says that Redwood City 's expansive schedule of events such as Art on the Square, Dancing on the Square, Movies on the Square, Music on the Square and the Friday Night Art Walk are now an integral part of the Downtown experience, for the entire community to enjoy, for free. The combination of the City of Redwood City, the Redwood City Library with its many hosted readings, musical performances, and film nights, plus the cultural offerings of the San Mateo County Historical Association, has created an "...artistic synergy that has enlivened the downtown environment and has made Redwood City a year-round cultural destination." 

  • Senior Center Gains National Accreditation. Concurrent with its 25th Anniversary, Redwood City’s Veterans Memorial Senior Center is celebrating its recognition as the first nationally-accredited senior center in San Mateo County, only the third center in California to reach this status, and just the 148th to be accredited out of the 15,000 senior centers across America. The senior center’s accreditation status is bestowed by the National Institute of Senior Centers (NISC) a unit of the National Council on the Aging.

    With this recognition, the Veterans Memorial Senior Center is considered to be in the top one-percent of all senior centers nationwide, and is commended for its vision, collaborative relationships, volunteer programs, outreach programs, wide range of health and fitness programs, and other supportive services. 
    (go to news release)

  • Caltrans "Excellence in Transportation Award - 2007." This prestigious award from the State Department of Transportation (Caltrans) is for the Route 101/Ralston Avenue Interchange Reconstruction project, of which the City was the lead agency. The project boasts innovative engineering and design, functinal efficiency, outstanding safety, maintenance, and operational factors, and environmental compatibility. Also featured are a focus on preservation and conservation of natural resources, and visual appeal. Caltrans noted that the on-time delivery of the project is also a factor in the City winning this award.

  • Recycled Water Project Wins National Award. The WateReuse Association has awarded its 2007 Large Project of the Year Award to the Redwood City Recycled Water Project.This prestigious Project of the Year Award recognizes successful recycled water projects that have exhibited effective management practices, found innovated uses for recycled water, and established noteworthy public/private partnerships. For more information about the WateReuse Association, please visit www.watereuse.org
    (go to news release

  • Redwood City’s Building & Inspection program gains exemplary rating. The Building & Inspection program, a division of the City's Community Development Services department, has been rated in the top 6.7% in California and the top 1.8% nationwide, by the Insurance Services Office (ISO). This means that the division provides the greatest prospect of reduced injuries and loss of life, reduced property losses, and reduced economic and social disruption caused by catastrophes. And, it means that owners of newly-built buildings in Redwood City have the greatest prospect of lower insurance rates. 
    (go to news release)
     

  • International City/County Management Association (ICMA"2007 Award for Career Excellence" awarded to City Manager Ed Everett. This award recognizes an outstanding chief local government administrator who has fostered representative democracy by enhancing the effectiveness of local elected officials and by consistently initiating creative and successful programs. 
    (go to news release

  • Downtown wins Congress for New Urbanism "2007 Charter Awardfor Redwood City's Downtown renaissance projects 

  • On Broadway wins San Francisco Business Times "2006 Award for the Best Mixed-Use Project" on the peninsula for Redwood City's Downtown On Broadway retail-cinema project. 

  • Library wins San Mateo County Reading Association's award for "Exemplary Service in the Promotion of Literacy" - presented to the Redwood City Public Library, for it's program to train volunteers to read to Redwood City children in home day cares or preschools each week for thirty minutes. The Library's program serves as a wonderful opportunity to share the love of books and reading with young children, as well as helping children pepaare for kindergarten.

  • International Public Management Association for Human Resources (IPMA-HR"2004 Agency Award for Excellence" Northern California Chapter, in recognition of the overall quality, accomplishments, and contributions of an agency human resources program, that exceeds the normal operation of a good government human resources program.

  • 3CMA Awards Redwood City "Best Website" for 2004
    Redwood City's website won the prestigious “Savvy Award” in 2004, presented by the City/County Communications and Marketing Association (3CMA). The City’s website won the top prize in the category, “Best Technology Services – Websites” for jurisdictions with a population of 75,000 – 126,000.

With over 800 local government members, 3CMA is the leading national organization for local governments that are innovating new and better ways of communicating with their communities. Here’s what the 3CMA judges said about Redwood City’s website:

“ Redwood City’s personality shines through with this fun and easy-to-navigate Redwood City, CA website. We loved the rotating combination of photos on the home page, the drop down menus and hot topics feature. This is what a government website should be. In the spirit and words of Astronaut Neil Armstrong: One small step in web design, one giant leap for web kind.” 
(go to news release)

  • Skate Park Wins "Award of Excellence" from CPRS
    The City of Redwood City received a 2004 Award of Excellence from the California Park & Recreation Society (CPRS) for the design of its Phil Shao Memorial Skate Park located at Red Morton Park. Redwood City 's recognition was in the category of "Facility Design/Skate Park," which was one of over 400 award contenders.

The CPRS awards program is the highest recognition a parks agency can receive and the this award is a credit to the staff and volunteers who made the skate park a reality. The Phil Shao Memorial Skate Park provides a state-of-the-art-facility to a unique and growing sport. As one of the most widely used features in any Redwood City park, nearly 200 skaters a day have an opportunity to enhance their skills and enjoy a wonderful facility. (go to news release)

  • City's GIS Program Receives American Planning Association's "Innovative Use of Technology" Award.The Northern Section, California Chapter of the American Planning Association presented an Award to Redwood City's planning division for "Outstanding Planning: Innovative Use of Technology" for the City's on-a-shoestring Geographic Information System (GIS) program. The 2004 award recognized Redwood City's ability to provide an innovative and useful internal GIS program with virtually no dedicated budget.

  • Finance Department Receives "Certificate of Achievement"
    In 2004, capping a remarkable 19 consecutive years, the City's Finance Department recieved a "Certificate of Achievement" from the Government Finance Officers Association, in recognition of that department's Excellence in Financial Reporting.

  • International City/County Management Association (ICMA"Certificate of Distinction"
    In fall of 2002, Redwood City was one of only 12 cities and counties nationwide to receive a "Certificate of Distinction" in recognition of its collection, analysis, and use of performance measurement information in the management of their local governments. Redwood City participates in ICMA's Comparative Performance Measurement Program as a means of continuous improvement of its management practices, processes, and evaluations.

Performance measurement information is an important element of each City department's annual budgeting process, through the goals and objectives which it helps them develop. The City also "benchmarks" its performance and accomplishments with other cities of similar size, and uses that information for further improvement. ICMA's Comparative Performance Measurement Program currently assists approximately 120 cities and counties in the United States and Canada with the collection, analysis, and application of performance information. 

The cities and counties recognized by ICMA all use performance data in budgets, management reports, goal-setting, and as an information tool. Many of the awardees, including Redwood City, link the performance information to their strategic plans and have achieved a high degree of longevity and breadth in reporting performance data, and have provided significant training and support for staff in performance management.

  • International City/County Management Association (ICMA2002 "Program Excellence Award"
    In 2002, ICMA honored the Redwood City Family Centers with its 2002 "Program Excellence Award for Innovation in Local Government – Inter-Governmental Cooperation." This prestigious international award illustrates the progressive, creative, and resourceful nature of Redwood City's programs addressing the needs of youth and families in the Redwood City community.

The Redwood City Family Centers (RCFC) program is sustained by an unprecedented interagency agreement between the City of Redwood City, the Redwood City School District, and the County of San Mateo. Redirected services from sixteen agency partners and private foundations contribute to the program's sustainability. Together, RCFC and its partners are working to expand services to additional areas. This unique partnership and the program's measurable success in helping families are two key elements that led to this ICMA award.

The RCFC serves under-performing schools in neighborhoods that are primarily low income, with a high percentage of mono-lingual Spanish-speaking residents and immigrants who are often unfamiliar with the educational and health systems. It provides comprehensive, integrated family support services including: mental health services, tutoring, parenting education, adult education, basic health services, community involvement and parent leadership opportunities, cultural activities, home visiting, and basic needs assistance.

  • City Manager Credentialed
    Redwood City's City Manager, Ed Everett, was one of only seven managers in California (and one of only 110 City Managers nationally in 2002) to be designated a "Credentialed Manager" by ICMA. This credential program was initiated by ICMA in order to promote the highest level of professionalism and to support constant education and learning among city managers. Mr. Everett was honored to be one of the first to receive this prestigious designation.

  • Redwood City Among Safest Cities for 2002
    Redwood City is the 13th safest city among those California cities studied. Eighty-four cities in California were ranked as part of the national study, putting Redwood City in the top 15-percent of safest cities in California. When compared with the nine other ranked California cities of a very similar population (+/- 5,000), Redwood City came in second place.

Of the 327 cities nationwide that were ranked, Redwood City came in as the 36th safest city overall, and the 7th safest among the 30 cities of a very similar population. This is the first year that Redwood City has participated in the Quitno rankings.

  • California Psychological Association 2002 "Psychologically Healthy Workplace Award"
    The California Psychological Association has awarded Redwood City the 2002 "Psychologically Healthy Workplace Award" for the City's creative and innovative practices in ensuring the health and well-being of its workforce. The award will be presented on Monday, May 6 during the City Council Meeting, which begins at 7:00 pm in the Council Chambers in Redwood City. 

    Redwood City is the first public agency ever to receive this award, earning the honor for its exceptional efforts in providing a psychologically healthy workplace for its 580 employees. The City is being recognized for excellence in the areas of employee involvement, family support, employee growth and development, employee morale, and employee health and safety.

  • San Mateo County Economic Development Association (SAMCEDA) "2001 Award of Excellence" to Redwood City recognizing outstanding contributions to the San Mateo Peninsula 

  • San Mateo County Economic Development Association (SAMCEDA) 1999 "Award of Excellence" to Redwood City for its economic development strategy, improved permit process and innovative school and community cooperation.