Governor's Smart Communities Awards

The Governor’s Smart Communities Awards recognize outstanding efforts of local communities and their partners throughout the state, creating vibrant and livable communities by achieving the goals of the Growth Management Act and other community development objectives. The Department of Commerce administers the awards program.

Held each year since 2006, the Awards recognize local governments whose exceptional planning efforts have significantly enriched their communities in the areas of job growth, economic development, housing affordability, homelessness, parks and recreation, transportation and subarea development. These achievements are outstanding models for Washington’s local governments.


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Governor’s 2022 Smart Communities Awards nominations open now through May 20 (Update May 3, 2022)

Annual awards recognize outstanding work in community planning and development Olympia, WA — The Washington State Department of Commerce today called for nominations for the 16th annual Governor’s Smart Communities Awards, a program that recognizes outstanding work by local governments and their partners on long-term community planning and development. Nominees offer a view into the values and long-term priorities of their communities through their plans and actions shaping how they

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2020-21 Governor’s Smart Communities Award winners honored for excellence in planning for growth and economic development

New category for 2020-21 recognizes local government strategies for addressing impacts of climate change. OLYMPIA, WA —Gov. Jay Inslee and Department of Commerce Director Lisa Brown recently announced the 11 Smart Communities Award winners for 2020-21. Launched in 2006, the Governor’s Smart Communities Awards program annually recognizes local governments and their partners for exceptional work in implementing the state’s Growth Management Act (GMA) to shape future growth, economic vitality and

2017 Smart Community Award Winners

2019 Governor’s Smart Communities Award Winners Announced

Innovative local and regional efforts earn 13 communities recognition for outstanding achievements in growth management planning. OLYMPIA, Wash.  – Gov. Jay Inslee today announced winners of the 2019 Smart Communities Awards.  Now in its 14th year, the program recognizes achievements by local leaders who promote smart growth planning and projects that contribute to thriving communities, a prosperous economy, and sustainable infrastructure in Washington. This year’s honorees include the first winners in a

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