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City Awards & Achievements

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City Recognition

  • 2017 GMA Live, Work, Play Award
  • Named a Gold Certified Green Community by the Atlanta Regional Commission for leadership in its environmental and sustainability efforts
  • Named One of the Top Three Cities in the Nation to Raise Your Family: Roswell was listed third in the book, "Best Places to Raise Your Family," released by Frommer's
  • Roswell is ranked as the 18th Safest City in the United States according to City Crime Rankings
  • Named the 6th Best Place to Retire in the United States by Black Enterprise Magazine
  • City of Excellence: Only 50 cities in the state have been honored with the designation by the
  • Designated as a Bicycle Friendly Community in 2006 by the League of American Bicyclists
  • "Money Magazine's" 19th Best Eastern U.S. City to Live: Roswell was ranked 19th for cities with populations under 100,000
  • "Atlanta Magazine's" Best Place to Live in Metro Atlanta: Roswell was honored twice by "Atlanta Magazine" as the best place to live in the metro area
  • Internationally Accredited Police Department: Commission on Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA)
  • State of Georgia Law Enforcement Certification: Roswell Police Department
  • Nationally Accredited Recreation and Parks Department: Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies
  • Preserve America Community Designation: Honored for its efforts in preserving our historic, cultural, and natural heritage


  • 2017 National Gold Medal Award: Presented by the National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA) for excellence in parks and recreation management
  • Trendsetter Award 2006: Roswell received the award for the Big Creek Wetlands demonstration project from the
  • Create Community Award 2005: The Atlanta Regional Commission's most prestigious award. Roswell was honored for its efforts in environmental sustainability
  • Achievement of Excellence in Procurement: The National Institute of Governmental Purchasing 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
  • Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting: City of Roswell has received a Certificate of Achievement for the last 24 consecutive years, since June 30, 1989
  • Georgia Recreation and Parks Agency of the Year: 1974, 1979, 1984, 1988, 1990, 1998, 2000, 2004, 2011 and 2017
  • Budget Presentation Award: Government Finance Officers Association 10 consecutive years since June 30, 2004
  • Tree City USA Award: The National Arbor Day Foundation