Florida Communities of Excellence



Since its founding by the Florida Community Association Journal, the Becker & Poliakoff law firm, and Pen Group Communications, the Communities of Excellence Awards has involved more than 400,000 residents in communities throughout Florida. As it enters its sixth year, the Florida Communities of Excellence Awards has grown to become a 12-month program, with this year’s capstone event, the Conference & Awards Gala, in Orlando in May, 2014.


    • Name: Florida Communities of Excellence Awards (www.CommunitiesOfExcellence.net)
    • Founded: 2009
    • Founding sponsors: Florida Community Association Journal, Becker & Poliakoff, Pen Group Communications
    • Number of communities participating: More than 450 communities with more than 400,000 residents.
    • Judges: 33 individuals, including representatives of state, county and local government agencies and departments (incl. Division of Emergency Management, Volunteer Florida, Florida Dept. of Elder Affairs, The St. John’s River Water Management District, City of Tampa Parks and Recreation, and The Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office) as well as professional and non-profit organizations.
    • Categories: 11, with categories added or expanded in 2011 (“Florida-Friendly Landscaping” and “Financial Innovation”), 2012 ("Comeback Kid"), 2013 (“Communications & Community”) and 2014 (“Water Conservation Indoors and Outdoors” and “Energy Efficiency”).
    • Size classifications: Winners are selected from communities with fewer than 400 residents and those that have 400 or more residents.
    • Number of communities that have won at least one award: 66 over five years.
    • Number of sponsors: 60 over five years.
    • Deadline for entering: January 31, 2014 (12 p.m. ET)
    • Entry fees: None. Communities can enter in as many categories as they wish, and there is no fee to enter.
    • Winners announced: In May, 2014 at the Sixth Annual Conference & Awards Gala in Orlando
    • Number of attendees at the Conference and Awards Gala: 450 in 2013.

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