Accolades

Along with our top listings for quality of life (including #1 Best Place to Live in the US by Time/Money Magazine), our dedicated staff is continually recognized for their exceptional work!

Electric Utilities

  • Reliable Public Power Provider (RP3) - Platinum Member (2020 - 2022)
  • Public Power Award of Excellence - Workforce Development (2019)
  • Reliable Public Power Provider (RP3) – Platinum Member (2009 - 2010)
  • Reliable Public Power Provider (RP3) – Gold Member (2007-2008)
  • Public Power Award of Excellence – Customer Service (2008 and 2009)
  • Public Power Award of Excellence – Communications (2008 and 2009)
  • Public Power Award of Excellence – Energy Efficiency (2008 and 2009)
  • Municipal Electric Safety Award – for No Time Lost (American Public Power Association 1997-2007)

Environmental

  • Bee City USA (An Initiative of the Xerces Society)
  • Tree City USA (The Arbor Day Foundation)
  • NC Smart Fleet - Supporter Level (NC Clean Energy Technology Center)

Financial

  • Distinguished Budget Presentation Award - Government Finance Officers Association (2019)
  • AAA Bond Rating (PDF) - Standard and Poor’s (2009 - present)
  • Certificates of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting - Government Financial Officers Association of the United States (1994 - present)

Fire Department

  • Langley-Higgins Outstanding Achievement Award for Hurricane Matthew Response (2017)
  • Enhanced ISO Rating 3/6 (2014)
  • Langley-Higgins Award for Successful Rescue of 2 canoeists on the Haw River (2012)
  • Langley-Higgins Award for Swift Water Rescues performed during the storms/floods associated with Hurricanes Frances and Ivan in Madison County (2004)
  • Recognition for achievement as a state Heavy Rescue provider for all 9 rescue specialties to include: Confined Space Rescue, Dive Rescue, Heavy Rescue, High Angle Rescue, Open Water Rescue, Structural Collapse
  • Swift Water Rescue, Trench Rescue, Wilderness Search and Rescue (North Carolina Association of Rescue Squads, 2006)

Police Department

  • Outstanding North Carolina Traffic Safe Community (AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, 2008 - present)
  • Gold Level Fundraising Agency Award (Special Olympics North Carolina, Law Enforcement Torch Run, 2007 - 2010, 2012 - present)
  • Gold Level Fundraising Agency Award (Special Olympics North Carolina, Law Enforcement Torch Run, 2007 - 2010, 2012 - present)
  • 3rd Place Team Carry (North Carolina SWAT Competition, 2014)
  • 1st Place Sniper, 3rd Place Overall, 3rd Place Officer Rescue. 3rd Place Team Carry (North Carolina SWAT Competition, 2012)
  • 1st Place for Best Police Car Design (Law and Order Magazine, 2006)

Planning & Community Development

  • Marvin Collins Outstanding Planning Award - Apex Downtown Master Plan & Parking Study (North Carolina Chapter of the American Planning Association, 2020)
  • Marvin Collins Outstanding Planning Award - Peak Plan 2030 (North Carolina Chapter of the American Planning Association, 2014)
  • Great Main Street (North Carolina Chapter of the American Planning Association, May 2014)
  • Anthemion Award for Adaptive Reuse of the Old Apex Town Hall, now Halle Cultural Arts Center (Capital Area Preservation, 2008)
  • Gertrude S. Carraway Award of Merit for Outstanding Achievement for Historic Preservation (Preservation North Carolina, 2007)
  • Marvin Collins Outstanding Planning Award - Interactive Development Map (North Carolina Chapter of the American Planning Association, 2006)
  • Anthemion Award for Ordinances Regulating Demolition of Historic Structures (Capital Area Preservation, 2004)

Water Quality

  • 1st place in the Best Tasting Water Competition (NC AWWA-WEA, 2009)
  • Directors Award (The Partnership for Safe Water, 2004-2009)

Water Reclamation Facility

  • Pinnacle Award for Best Partnering Project - Water Treatment Plant Expansion (The Associated General Contractors of America, 2001)