Recognizing Our CommunityIn recognition of our outstanding citizens, the City annually presents the Citizen of the Year Award.
Community RecognitionBecause Rock Island leads the way when it comes to the arts, cultural festivals, quality of life, downtown revitalization, and historic preservation, the City has received the following awards.
Awards for Schwiebert Riverfront ParkQuad City Riverfront Council / Bi-State Regional Commission awarded a Certificate of Appreciation for Schwiebert Riverfront Park. American College of Engineering Companies of Iowa gave an Award for Engineering Excellence in the Special Projects Category for Schwiebert Riverfront Park and Flood Protection. National Association of Women in Construction gave the Park a Lorraine D. Wright Award 2009/10 for Outstanding Construction Project – Park / Bike Trail / New Construction.
Quad City Riverfront Council / Bi-State Regional Commission AwardsThe Trail Connection to Veteran’s Memorial Bridge at Carr’s Crossing recieved a Certificate of Appreciation in 2011.
National Association of Women in Construction
Augustana College Central Campus Multi-Use Trail received a Lorraine D. Wright Award 2009/10.
Eddy AwardsThe City of Rock Island won a 2010 Eddy Award in revitalization for the hydroelectric plant and one in design for Schwiebert Riverfront Park. Rock Island Economic Growth Corporation won a 2009 Eddy Award in design from River Action for the McKesson Lofts Green Roof. City of Rock Island won a 2009 Eddy Award for revitalization for the Centennial Bridge Visitor Center.
Environmental Hero AwardState of Illinois Lt. Governor saluted the City for its forward-looking green initiatives and presented the City with a 2008 Environmental Hero Award. Awards are made to recognize the commitment to providing and maintaining a healthful environment for current and future generations in Illinois.
Rock Island and Davenport are Most Livable Cities
Rock Island and Davenport have been awarded First Place honors in the 2007 City Livability Awards Program, sponsored by The U.S. Conference of Mayors and Waste Management. For the past 28 years, cities have competed for this very prestigious award, which recognizes mayoral leadership for developing and implementing programs that improve the quality of life in America's cities. The City Livability Award was given for Davenport and Rock Island’s RiverVision Plan, a far-reaching and broadly participatory waterfront development plan.
Excellence in Financial Reporting
The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) awarded the City with a Certificate of Achievement in Excellence in Financial Reporting for the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2010, commonly called the audit. This is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting. This marks the thirtieth year the City has received this award.
Also, a Distinguished Budget Presentation Award was given for the City's budget for the fiscal year 2010-11 document. In order to receive the award the budget must be proficient in all categories including: a policy document, a financial plan, and operations guide, and a communications device. The City has received this award since 1987, or 24 years.
Tree City USA
Rock Island has been named a Tree City USA community for 21 years. The program promotes tree planting and care programs in urban areas and calls public attention to the economic, health, and aesthetic benefits trees offer.