Elevate Receives Outstanding Planning Award

On Thursday, October 14, Elevate Tuscaloosa staff accepted an award from the Alabama Chapter of the American Planning Association at the Mississippi-Alabama joint conference in Biloxi, Mississippi.

Elevate was awarded the Outstanding Planning Award for a Project or Implementation Tool, which recognizes an outstanding project or tool that is a significant advancement to the cause of planning, with special emphasis on results and how a project or tool implements a plan.


Projects were judged on the following criteria:

  • Originality/Innovation

  • Transferability

  • Quality

  • Comprehensiveness

  • Public Participation

  • Role of Planners

  • Effectiveness/Results

“I am very excited for the Elevate team to have received this award in recognition of their hard work,” Mayor Walt Maddox says. “This is a testament to their endless passion, dedication and standard of excellence. I am honored to work with them.”


The City of Tuscaloosa was also awarded the Outstanding Planning Award for a Comprehensive Plan for Communities with a Population of 50,000 or more for the Framework comprehensive plan, and the Distinguished Leadership Award for an Elected Public Official for Mayor Walt Maddox. Learn more.