Awards & Designations

State and national awards have been bestowed upon several departments, including but not limited to the Gainesville Convention & Visitors Bureau, Gainesville Fire Department, Gainesville Parks & Recreation and Gainesville Water Resources.

City of Excellence

The Georgia Municipal Association (GMA) designated the City of Gainesville a City of Excellence in January 2000 and, in partnership with Georgia Trend magazine, a GeCity of Excellenceorgia Trendsetter City in January 2006 - both important reminders of the City's commitment to service and to the people of Gainesville.

GMA's mission is to anticipate and influence the forces shaping Georgia’s cities and to provide leadership, tools and services that assist municipal governments in becoming more innovative, effective and responsive.

Georgia Trend, the magazine of Georgia business, politics and economic development since 1985, is the only statewide business publication in the market.

Georgia Certified City of Ethics

Certified City of EthicsThe Georgia Municipal Association (GMA) Ethics Certification Committee determined Jan. 5, 2021 the City of Gainesville meets the qualifications to be recertified as a Georgia Certified City of Ethics. Gainesville first received the certification in 2009.

GMA's Cities of Ethics program is not in any way approval of past or present conduct by the City or any city official. Instead, it is an attempt to raise awareness about ethics issues at the local level and provide a local forum for the airing and resolution of legitimate concerns. The use of a local ethics ordinance allows citizens to raise their concerns and participate in the ethics investigation process at the local level, where the voice and influence of the individual citizen is strongest.

Gainesville Convention & Visitors Bureau

program sponsorMain Street Gainesville has been designated as a 2020 Accredited Main Street America™ program. Accredited status is Main Street America’s top tier of recognition, and signifies a demonstrated commitment to comprehensive commercial district revitalization and proven track record of successfully applying the Main Street Approach™.

Main Street Gainesville’s performance is evaluated by the Georgia Main Street Program, which works in partnership with Main Street America, a program of the National Main Street Center, to identify the local programs that meet 10 rigorous performance standards. Evaluation criteria determines the communities that are building comprehensive and sustainable revitalization efforts, and include standards such as fostering strong public-private partnerships, documenting programmatic progress and actively preserving historic buildings.

Main Street Gainesville is a division of the Gainesville Convention & Visitors Bureau that focuses on economic activity in historic downtown Gainesville. Gainesville has been a designated Georgia Main Street City since September 1995, and a National Main Street Center member since 1997. Main Street Gainesville is sanctioned by Main Street America and Georgia Main Street, and implements the standard Four-Point Approach used by Main Street programs all over the country: economic vitality, design, promotion and organization.

Gainesville Fire Department

The Gainesville Fire Department proudly maintains an ISO (Insurance Services Office) One Classification, thanks to the actions of the fire department, Gainesville Gainesville Fire Department badgePublic Utilities and Hall County 911 Communications.

Gainesville is now one of only two Class One ISO Departments in the State of Georgia, sharing this honor with Macon-Bibb County, and one of 60 nationwide. This achievement shows a commitment to public protection that is second to none.

The ISO Public Protection Class (PPC) program recognizes efforts of communities to provide fire protection services for citizens and property owners. Insurances companies use the PPC to help establish fair premiums for fire insurance, which generally results in offering lower premiums in communities with a better class protection rating. Fire departments receive a rating of one-10, with one being the best and 10 being the worst.

Gainesville Parks & Recreation

Parks and Rec Home PageGainesville Parks & Recreation is proud of its role in the quality of life our citizens covet. P&R operates and maintains eight major facilities, 21 parks and over 458-plus acres of park land. The department is steadfast in its commitment of building and preserving a parks and recreation system that meets the needs of the community.

Named "Agency of the Year" 17 times over the last 31 years by the Georgia Recreation & Parks Association, most recently in 2020, Gainesville P&R sets the standard for leisure in the State of Georgia.

Gainesville P&R has also been a CAPRA Accredited Agency since 2000, receiving its reaccreditation every five years with its most recent completed virtually in summer 2020.

Gainesville Water Resources

The Gainesville Department of Water Resources is recognized regularly for accomplishments in operations and service.

Facility Awards

Lakeside Water Treatment Plant 

  • 2021 Georgia Association of Water Professionals Platinum Award recipient
  • 2020 Georgia Association of Water Professionals Platinum Award recipient

Riverside Water Treatment Plant 

  • 2021 Georgia Association of Water Professionals Gold Award recipient

Linwood Water Reclamation Facility 

  • 2020 Georgia Association of Water Professionals Plant of the Year Award recipient
  • 2020 Georgia Association of Water Professionals Gold Award recipient

Flat Creek Water Reclamation Facility

  • 2020 Georgia Association of Water Professionals Plant of the Year Certificate of Achievement recipient
  • 2020 Georgia Association of Water Professionals Gold Award recipient

Department Awards

  • 2016 Georgia Chapter of the American Public Works Association Public Works Awareness Award recipient for the Bandalong Litter Trap in Flat Creek
  • 2014 Georgia Association of Water Professionals Stormwater Management Program of the Year - Phase II MS4 Community