City Manager

Awards/Recognition Received by the City of Midland

Over the years, the City of Midland has been the recipient of many awards for such things as excellent customer service, safety, and technological innovations.

Congratulations to the departments and City employees listed below for their prestigious recognitions. (2006 Michigan Municipal League Outstanding Achievement award at left; Arnold Center recognition award at right.)

City of Midland

  • Citizens Academy Award of Excellence – The City of Midland's government 101 course, held each winter, was awarded by the City-County Communications and Marketing Association (3CMA) in 2013.

  • United Way Company that Cares – United Way of Midland County named the City of Midland as one of 30 local “Companies That Care”.
    in April 2010. The City was heralded for its commitment to strengthening our community through United Way financial and volunteer
    support from both the organization and our employees.

  • Workers' Compensation Loss Control Achievement – This award is given to the two cities in the state of Michigan with the best
    safety record, based on the previous three years of claims experience. The award, from the Michigan Municipal League, was
    announced in October 2008.

  • 100 Best Community for Young People – In September 2010, for the third year in a row, the Greater Midland community - which
    encompasses all of Midland County - received a national award from the America's Promise Alliance, designating our community
    one of the 100 best communities for youth in America. The City of Midland spearheaded a committee comprised of representatives from 20+ organizations that completed a comprehensive application that led to the award.

  • Outstanding Achievement – The City of Midland received an award for outstanding achievement from the Michigan Municipal
    League in 2006 for implementation of on-demand streaming video on the City's website.

  • Outstanding Chamber Member, Midland Area Chamber of Commerce, 2nd Quarter, 2006.

  • Recognition Award – In July 2007, the Arnold Center, Inc. presented the City of Midland with an award of recognition for 25 years
    of outstanding support of the non-profit rehabilitation organization.

Information Services

  • GIS for Everyone Award – in May 2010, the City of Midland's Geographic Information System (GIS) was presented with the Michigan-based
    IMAGIN organization award for outstanding efforts to make GIS data accessible to the public.

  • Special Achievement Award – in July 2009, the City of Midland's Information Services Department received a special achievement
    award for its vision, leadership, and innovative use of geographic information system (GIS) technology. The City was selected from more
    than 300,000 organizations worldwide and recognized during a conference held by the world’s leading GIS software developer, ESRI,
    in San Diego, Calif. GIS combines computer hardware, software, and data to collect, manage, and analyze geographic information.

Utilities Division

  • Wendell R. LaDue Award – Granted by the American Water Works Association in 2010, this prestigious national award was given to the
    City Water Department for excellence in safety awareness program.

  • Quality of Life Award – Granted by the American Society of Civil Engineers in 2003, the award was given to the City of
    Midland following construction of 43.5 MG storage basin to store water runoff.

  • Quality of Life Honorable Mention for the 43.5 MG Basin – 2003 award, Michigan Section, American Society of Civil Engineers 

  • Partnership Recognition Award – Presented in 2002 by the Midland Conservation District for the City's contribution to
    a storm water study.

Fiscal Services

  • Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting – The Government Finance Officers Association's highest
    form of recognition in governmental accounting and financial reporting; received in 2013 for the 24th year in a row, and 30 out
    of the last 32 years.

Grace A. Dow Memorial Library

  • Library of Michigan Certification for Meeting ‘Essential Level’ of Quality Services
    The library received this award in Nov. 2008 for meeting the Essential Level requirements of the Quality Services Audit Checklist
    (QSAC). To earn certification, the library demonstrated its competence in seven achievement categories: human resources;
    governance/administration; services; collection development; technology; facilities and equipment; and public relations/marketing.

  • State Librarian's Excellence Award – The library received this award in 2005 for   
    exemplary public service to the Midland community. The Library of Michigan Foundation
    sponsors this award, which is given annually to just one Michigan library.
    (From left, Judith Moore, Executive Director of the Library of Michigan Foundation;
    Library Board Chair Judy Stein; Library Director Melissa Barnard; and State Librarian
    Nancy Robertson at awards ceremony.)

MCTV Network

  • MCTV Receives Several Awards "Midland Community Television (MCTV) was awarded one of the highest honors for Public, Education, and
    Government (PEG) programming during the Alliance for Community Media’s Central States Region conference in Grand Rapids, Mich.,
    on September 24. MCTV was recognized for best PEG compilation video for centers with budgets over $300,000. This is recognition for
    all of the work that’s done on behalf of the three forms of cable access in Midland. The City of Midland also received an award for the
    Best Music Video produced by professionals for the Fireworks Safety Rap. In addition, MCTV won for Best Student Video, grades 7-12,
    produced by professionals. Various City staff and participants in MCTV’s Summer Video Camp were listed on the award

  • First Place Award, "City in 15" news program on MGTV Cable Channel 96 – the show received the Philo T. Farnsworth Regional Video Contest award in October 2008.  "City in 15" was recognized as the top government access newscast produced by professionals in a four-state (Midwest)
    region.  The award is sponsored by the Alliance for Community Media, Central States Region.

  • First Place Award, MCTV’s Summer Video Camp – this MCTV program won a first place award, both in 2008 and again in 2009, for excellence.

City of Midland Water System

  • Award of Safety Excellence, Michigan Section American Water Works Association – 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009 and 2010 award recipients.
    Award designed to recognize excellence in drinking water utility safety programs.

  • Regional winner, Best Tasting Water Award, Michigan Section American Water Works Association – Midland was one of five
    regional water taste-off winners for years 2002 and 2003.

  • Operators Meritorious Service Award, Vic Chichester, Water Plant Operations Supervisor, was awarded this honor in 2005 for his 
    contributions to the drinking water treatment profession in terms of his willingness to serve others as a volunteer, for his dedication
    to the water industry by helping other communities, and for his personal and professional contributions to the cities of 
    Midland, Auburn, and other communities in Central Michigan..