Norfolk Recognition in 2016

  • The Birch named 5th Best Beer Bar in America by USA Today
  • City of Norfolk Economic Development receives Excellence in Economic Development Award from the International Economic Development Council for Park Place Business Café City of Norfolk Public Works Waste Management receives Bronze Excellence Award in the Collection Systems category from the Solid Waste Association of North America
  • City of Norfolk Global Initiatives Fund receives Donald E Hunter Award from the American Planning Association Economic Development Division
  • City of Norfolk named All-America City by the National Civic League
  • City of Norfolk Planning Director George M. Homewood achieved the planning profession's highest honor by being named to the prestigious American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) College of Fellows for his outstanding achievements in urban planning
  • City of Norfolk receives Distinguished Budget Presentation Award with Special Recognition for Performance Measures from the Government Finance Officers Association
  • City of Norfolk receives Governor's Green Fleet Award ZEV Leader of the Year from Virginia Clean Cities and the Virginia Department of Mines Minerals and Energy
  • City of Norfolk receives Number 55 Best Fleets in America designation from the National Automotive Fleet Association
  • Doumar's named 3rd Best Ice Cream Parlor in America by USA Today
  • The Downtown Norfolk Council receives Merit Award for its Vibrant Spaces initiative by the International Downtown Association
  • Eastern Virginia Medical School and Sentara Healthcare selected as foundational members of the IBM Watson Health medical imaging collaborative
  • Fortune 251-company Automatic Data Processing to bring nearly 2,000 jobs to Norfolk, the largest number of jobs to come to the region in well over a generation
  • Keep Norfolk Beautiful receives Best in the Nation (population 100,001 to 250,000) award from Keep America Beautiful
  • Keep Norfolk Beautiful receives Outstanding Litter Prevention Program award from the Virginia Recycling Association
  • Keep Norfolk Beautiful receives President Circle Award from Keep America Beautiful
  • Norfolk featured on panel at the American Planning Association-Royal Netherlands Embassy Water Week 2016 event for innovative practices in planning
  • Norfolk named 14th Most Attractive Cities in America by Travel and Leisure
  • Norfolk named among "America's Friendliest Cities" by Travel and Leisure
  • Norfolk named among 15 Midsize Cities Least Prone to Car Theft by
  • Norfolk named in Top 5 of "America's Favorite Cities" by Travel and Leisure
  • Norfolk ranks third in the nation for Most Dog Parks per Resident

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