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The City of Williamsburg has recently been named the recipient of one of the only awards given to municipalities based solely on community opinion.
The Voice of the People Awards, run by the National Research Center, is based on data collected in 500 communities throughout the country via the National Citizen Survey.
Representative sample parameters are applied to the results to produce scientifically valid information that is then used by the participating communities to make decisions about budgeting, performance measurement and program planning.
Williamsburg came out on top in the Transformation in Recreation and Wellness category due to high levels of improvement in that category compared to all other participating jurisdictions.
“We learned [from previous surveys] that City parks and city infrastructure that encouraged exercise and wellness are important to citizens,” said Jodi Miller, interim city manager. “We responded by prioritizing bicycle lanes and racks, installing additional sidewalks, and renovating parks and recreational facilities among other projects.”
Though winning the transformation award is certainly an achievement worth celebrating, city employees are using the results of the survey as a whole to inform future decisions.
“We find the survey results very helpful in establishing City goals, developing initiatives, and evaluating outcomes,” Miller said.
The award will officially be given at the 101st annual International City/County Management Association conference in Seattle in September 2015.