Concord has reason to celebrate. In 2012 and 2013, the City was recognized with a number of prestigious awards.
Reuse Project widely commended
The Concord Reuse Project for the former Concord Naval Weapons Station was recognized by the Northern California Chapter of the American Planning Association with a 2012 Merit Award for Green and Sustainable Planning. In 2012, the Reuse Plan also earned a Visionary Leadership award from East Bay Housing Organizations. Save Mt. Diablo awarded the City its Mountain Star Alliance Award for "incredibly visionary leadership" in preparation of the reuse plan. Sustainable Contra Costa recognized the project with its "Smart Growth" Award for 2012.
Spray Park Earns Showcase Award
Meadow Homes Spray Park received an Agency Showcase Award from the California Park & Recreation Society, District 3, in the category of Outstanding Facility/Park as well as the American Public Works Association (Northern California) Public Works Project of the Year Award in t he "Structures" category.
Caring for the Urban Forest
The City of Concord has been named a Tree City USA by the National Arbor Day Foundation for the 32nd consecutive year to honor Concord's commitment to its community forest. Concord is also the recipient of a Tree City USA Growth Award for the 15th consecutive year for demonstrating progress in its community forestry program.
Green Business Awards
Concord's Civic Center, Parks Division, Fleet Management and Printing Services Divisions were recertified as Bay Area Green Business Award winners. To be certified "green," participants must be in compliance with all regulations and meet program standards for conserving resources, preventing pollution and minimizing waste.
Matteo's Dream in Rose Parade
Concord's Matteo's Dream – A Playground for Children of All Abilities - was selected out of the hundreds of Lions Club International projects world-wide as the project that will be featured on the organization's float for the 125th Annual Tournament of Roses Parade on January 1, 2014 in Pasadena. The parade theme for 2014 is "Follow Your Dreams."
City Receives Procurement Award
The City of Concord has been awarded the prestigious Achievement of Excellence in Procurement Award for 2013 from the National Procurement Institute. Concord is one of only 58 cities in the U.S. and one of only 36 agencies in California to receive the award. The award is earned by public and non-profit organizations that obtain a high application score based on standardized criteria. The judging criteria are: innovation, professionalism, E-procurement, productivity, and leadership.
- Lifeguards at Concord Community Pool were recognized for saving the lives of two adult swimmers in two separate incidents. Jake Heikkila and Matt Galindo rescued a man from the water in December 2012; Jake Heikkila, Matt Galindo, Christa Rohrach, Lindsay Nausin, Laura Griffin and other lifeguards rescued a second swimmer in July 2013.
- Concord's Daytime curfew Ordinance Program was recognized as a Model Program of Excellence by the Contra Costa Juvenile Justice-Delinquency Prevention Commission, especially commending Officers Todd Stroud and Michael Jamie and Detective Amy Hendricks for work on the program.
- Presidential Service Awards and certificates of appreciation from local Congressional offices were presented to members of Volunteers in Police Services (VIPS), recognizing their significant contribution of 16,744 hours volunteered in 2012.
- Emergency and Volunteer Coordinator Margaret Romiti received a Good Neighbor Award from the American Red Cross in 2012 for her efforts in partnering with the Red Cross on a number of emergency preparedness exercises.
- Officer Ken Carlson was recognized as the Kiwanis Officer of the Year for exceptional service to the community in his 25 years as a Concord Police Officer.
- Sgt. Robert Brady and Master Officer Todd Stroud received "Men of Merit" awards from the Contra Costa County's DELTA Project's program "Everyday Heroes Prevent Violence.
- Camp Concord was recognized by the readers of Bay Area Parent Magazine as a "Family Favorite" for resident camping.