Awards & Recognitions

We've got the awards, honors, and recognitions to prove that Council Bluffs is a great place to live, work, and play. From community-wide collaborations to very specific City Projects, the awards received in recent history reinforce the truth that Council Bluffs is unlike anywhere else. On purpose. 
Top 40 Most Vibrant Art Communities in America
Recognized by National Center for Arts Research as #6 for medium communities (Omaha-Council Bluffs) specifically mentioning the South Main district, PACE, Harvester Artist Lofts, and public art collection

All America City Award (2017)
Presented by National Civic League for community collaborations on the grade-level reading campaign

Great Places (2017)

Presented by the State of Iowa for the work being done in the Haymarket, including the PACE project/ Harvester II building

Top 100 Places to Live in America (2017)
Presented by Money Magazine. Council Bluffs was recognized as one of the top 100 best places to live in America based on a healthy economy, affordable living, and quality of life.

Outstanding Event Award  (2017)
Presented by Iowa Tourism Department for the quality and success of Loessfest 2017. 

Outstanding Website Award (2017)
Presented by Iowa Tourism  Department for UNleashCB.com, a website that serves as the CBCVB's main site while engaging residents via a robust events calendar, a blog, and the UN campaign.

Outstanding Community Award (2017)
Presented by Iowa Tourism Department for the achievements of UNleashCB.com, Loessfest, the newly-redesigned CBCVB Visitor's Guide, and the CBCVB's attraction of conventions and tournaments. 

Environmental and Open Space Award (2017)

Presented by Omaha by Design for the public space design of Tom Hanafan River's Edge Park and its protection of the Missouri River's riparian woodlands and wetlands. 

Mission of Life Award (2017)
Presented to the Council Bluffs Fire Department by the American Heart Association for excellence in responding to cardiac emergencies. 

Partner in Education Award (2017)

Presented by Council Bluffs Community Schools to the Council Bluffs Public Library for outstanding promotion of literacy to children and teens.

Perpetual Design Award (2017)
Presented by Asphalt Paving Association of Iowa for perpetual pavement installed as part of the West Broadway Reconstruction Segment 1.

Recycling Center of the Year (2016)
Presented by Iowa Recycling Association for the outstanding work of the Council Bluffs Recycling Center. 

All-America City Finalist (2016)

Presented by National Civic League for community collaborations.

Paper Anvil Award (2016)
Presented by Public Relations Society of America for the "Let's Talk About CB Campaign" that successfully engaged thousands of residents in preparation for a new community-wide image campaign. 

Paper Anvil Award (2016)
Presented by Public Relations Society of America for the success in the promotion and marketing of Loessfest 2016. 

Paper Anvil Award (2016)
Presented by Public Relations Society of America for the outstanding website detailing the City's Emerald Ash Borer Plan. 

Excellence in Design Award (2016)
Presented by American Institute of Architects (Nebraska Chapter) for the design of the Westwood Park Sign.

Mission of Life Award (2016)
Presented to the Council Bluffs Fire Department by the American Heart Association for excellence in responding to cardiac emergencies. 

Merit Award (2016)

Presented by American Public Works Association (Iowa Chapter) in recognition of the 28th Street Stormwater Pump Station.

Paper Anvil Award (2015)
Presented by Public Relations Society of America for the success in the promotion and marketing of Loessfest 2015. 

Gold Citation of Excellence (2015)
Presented by American Marketing Association (Omaha Chapter) for the success of Loessfest 2014.

All-America City Finalist (2015)
Presented by National Civic League for community collaborations.

Mission of Life Award (2015)

Presented to the Council Bluffs Fire Department by the American Heart Association for excellence in responding to cardiac emergencies. 

River City Town of the Year (2015)
Presented by Iowa Reivers Revival for the reclaiming of the riverfront at Tom Hanafan River's Edge Park.

Project of the Year (2015)

Presented by American Public Works Association (Iowa Chapter) in recognition of the 28th Street Stormwater Pump Station.

Partner in Education Award (2015)

Presented by Council Bluffs Community Schools to the Public Works Department for support of school facility improvement projects. 

Field of the Year Award (2014)
Presented by Sports Turf Managers Association for the excellence in design and maintenance at the Council Bluffs Sports Complex.

Honor Award for Engineering Excellence (2014)

Presented by American Council of Engineering Companies for the outstanding engineering and design of Tom Hanafan River's Edge Park.

Great Places in America (2014)

Presented by American Planning Association for the unique design of Bayliss Park that successfully combines traditional "town square" public space with unique public art and architecture. 

Paper Anvil Award (2014)
Presented by Public Relations Society of America for the success in the promotion and marketing of Loessfest 2014. 

Excellence in Snow & Ice Control Award (2014)

Presented by American Public Works Association for Operation's excellence in snow and ice control.

All-America City
Great places award
2016 Recycling Award
AAC Facebook
Library Award
2017IowaTourismAwardWinner
mission of life award