In 2017, the City started the journey to excellence with the submission of application to Rocky Mountain Performance Excellence. The City received the Foothills Award, which is the second of four levels within the region. In 2018, the City received the Timberline Award, which is the third of four levels within the region. The City is now preparing to submit an application at the national level using the Baldrige framework and criteria.
The Baldrige award is the nation’s highest presidential honor for performance excellence through innovation, improvement, and visionary leadership. Congress created the award in 1987 to enhance the competitiveness and performance of U.S. businesses. Since 1988, only 106 organizations have earned the award named after Malcolm Baldrige, the 26th Secretary of Commerce. Of the award winners, only four municipalities in the United States have received the award. Arvada aspires to be the 5th.