Ashland, MA (October 15, 2020) - The National Research Center (NRC) at Polco and the International City & County Management Association (ICMA) recently announced at the ICMA Annual Conference, that the Town of Ashland received this year’s 2020 Voice of the People Awards (VOP)- including the winning award for Transformation in Natural Environment and the finalist award for Transformation in Community Engagement.
The Voice of the People Awards are the only national award that honors local governments based on feedback from residents. The awards, presented by the NRC at Polco and the ICMA, acknowledge local governments with the highest or most improved ratings on The National Community Survey™ (The NCS) and that take the best actions based on their data.
Michael Herbert, Ashland’s Town Manager notes, “After being appointed Town Manager in 2016, The National Community Survey was one of the very first initiatives I wanted to introduce to the town to gather an accurate assessment of where we were as a town and where we the people wanted to go. I appreciate the Select Board’s support in conducting this important initiative, and I am extremely grateful to those randomly selected residents that invested a considerable amount of time completing the survey. Without their feedback, our administration would not have undertaken all that we have done in the past few years.”
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