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The City of Carmel has been recognized for excellence in many aspects of its planning, development, implementation and service. Carmel's work force is well trained and dedicated to providing the highest level of service to residents, businesses and visitors to our community. This work has been recognized by various organizations locally, nationally and internationally and we have provided a list of some of those awards below.

Mayor Jim Brainard  -

  • 2015 - City Livability Award for the Carmel Arts & Design District (U.S. Conference of Mayors)
  • One of the “Most Powerful Hoosiers in the World” by Indianapolis Monthly
  • 2004- Butler University 50 Under 50
  • 2007- Distinguished Eagle Scout Award (Crossroads of America Council)
  • 2011- National Award for Local Arts Leadership (US Conference of Mayors)
  • 2012- Butler University Robert Todd Duncan Alumni Achievement Award 2012 – Public Service Award (American Council of Engineering Companies [ACEC] of Indiana)
  • 2013 - Joseph P. Riley Jr. Award – Honored at the 2013 International Making Cities Livable Conference with this award given to Mayor Jim Brainard for his inspirational leadership in creating a vibrant, multi-functional heart for the City of Carmel, Indiana through the development of City Center and the Arts & Design District including the Center for the Performing Arts.  

City Awards and Recognitions 

  • 2015 - #8 Safest Small Cities for Retirement by
  • 2015 - Best Town to Raise a Family - by NICHE
  • 2015 - Best Place to Raise a Family - by MarketWatch
  • 2015 - Best Place to get a Job in Indiana by Zippia
  • 2014 - No. 4 Safest Suburb in America by SafeWise
  • 2014 - No. 1 Safest Suburb in America by Movoto
  • 2014 - No. 1 Best Small City in America by Nerdwallet
  • 2014 - Top 10 Best City for Kids by
  • 2013 - Ranked 9th fastest-growing place in America for high-tech jobs by Forbes
  • 2012 - #1 Best Places to Live in America from Money magazine
  • 2012 - IACT Green Community Award
  • 2012 - Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption Best Adoption-Friendly Workplaces in the Government Industry Carmel and Commonwealth of Kentucky tie for No. 1 spot
  • 2012 - City and American Structure Point received Transportation Achievement Award for Facilities at the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) 2012 Annual Meeting and Exhibit
  • 2010 - The Keystone Parkway project, specifically the roundabout interchanges at 106th and 126th Streets, was the top award winner at the 2010 Engineering Excellence Awards Sponsored by the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of Indiana.
  • Carmel, IN Named a Top 10 Best City for Kids, 2014 by – Annual list ranks America’s top cities for kids.
  • #1 Best Places to Live in America from Money magazine (2012)
  • #1 Adoption Friendly Workplace for government sector from the Dave Thomas Foundation
  • Honorable Mention for Municipal Excellence from the National League of Cities

 Environmental and Green Initiatives

  • 1994-current Tree City USA  - presented by the National Arbor Day Foundation
  • 1996-current Tree City USA Growth Award - presented by the National Arbor Day Foundation
  • First Place in the Climate Protection Awards from the U.S. Conference of Mayors
  • National Runner-up of The Home Depot Awards of Excellence for Community Trees
  • Outstanding Civic Organization - presented by the Indiana Urban Forest Council
  • Outstanding Project of the Year ‘Tree Stars Day’ - presented by the Indiana Urban Forest Council
  • Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence-Recycling (2014)
  • Groundwater Foundation’s Groundwater Guardian Award (2010-Current)
  • Carmel Chamber of Commerce Green Award-Recycling (2013)
  • Indiana Water Environment Association Outstanding Laboratory Award (2001-Current)
  • Carmel designated a Green Community by the Indiana Association of Cities and Towns (2008 & 2013)
  • Hoosier Water Guardian Award “With Distinction” (2009-Current)
  • Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence for Pollution Prevention for the UV wastewater disinfection (2008)

Bicycling and Alternative Transportation

  • Bronze Level Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists



Last updated: 7/15/2015 2:39:11 PM