City Certifications and Awards

Texas cities are doing remarkable things, and many are getting some well-deserved recognition. This page contains a list of current award and certification holders as well as links to the programs.

If your city would like to be added to the page, please email Rachael Pitts at


Texas Municipal League Municipal Excellence Awards

2016 Winners:  Arlington, Elsa, Leander, McKinney, Plainview, Prosper, Sachse, Sulphur Springs, Tyler, Waco


GO TEXAN Certified Retirement Community (administered by the Texas Department of Agriculture)

Athens, Atlanta, Big Spring, Canton, Canyon, Chandler, Clifton, Commerce, Cuero, De Kalb, Duncanville, Euless, Gun Barrel City, Hale Center, Harlingen, Henderson, Jacksonville, Kaufman, Killeen, Lampasas, Longview, Lufkin, Mineola, Muleshoe, Navasota, Odessa, Orange, Paducah, Palestine, Pampa, Paris, Pittsburg, Plainview, Rusk, Seguin, South Padre Island, Texarkana, Tulia, Van Alstyne, West Columbia, Winnsboro


International Dark Sky Community (administered by the International Dark Sky Association)

Dripping Springs and Horse Shoe Bay


Governor's Community Achievement Awards (administered by Keep Texas Beautiful)

2016 winners:  Allen, Angleton, Boerne, Cuero, Lufkin, McKinney, North Richland Hills, Plano, Somerville, Van Alstyne


Keep Texas Beautiful Government Awards

2016 winners: Murphy and Plano


National Civic League All-American City Awards 

2016 Finalists: Missouri City and San Antonio


Scenic CIty Certification Program

Current certification holders:  Bastrop, Beaumont, Belton, Benbrook, Buda, Cedar Hill, Cedar Park, College Station, Colleyville, Corinth, Cuero, Denton, Double Oak, Dripping Springs, Fairview, Flower Mound, Friendswood, Frisco, Georgetown, Granbury, Grapevine, Heath, Horseshoe Bay, Houston, Hutto, Irving, Keller, Kennedale, La Vernia, Lakeway, Magnolia, Mansfield, McKinney, Mesquite, McAllen, Missouri City, Nassau Bay, North Richland Hills, Pearland, Pflugerville, Pilot Point, Plano, Prosper, Richardson, Roanoke, Rockwall, Seabrook, Sealy, South Padre Island, Southlake, Sugar Land, Taylor, Trophy Club, Waxahachie, Webster, West Lake Hills, West University Place, Westlake


Texas Comptroller Transparency Stars

Abernathy, Andrews, Arlington, Carrollton, Coppell, Frisco, Gainesville, Granbury, Haslet, Lancaster, La Porte, Midlothian, Pharr, Schertz, Wylie, Westlake, Westover Hills


Texas Downtown Association President's Awards

2015 best public improvement winners:  Belton, Carrollton, Navasota


U.S. Conference of Mayors City Livability Awards

2016 Winner:  Arlington