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Town of Holly Springs Awards
Below are some of the awards, honors and recognition that the Town of Holly Springs has received in recent years, plus other honors that reflect on the community.


2014

Holly Springs Second Safest City in N.C.
April 2014
Holly Springs ranked second on the 50 Safest Cities in N.C. list compiled by SafeWise. The home security business's report used 2012 violent and property crimes reported to the FBI and based chance of occurrence per 1,000 population.

Holly Springs Ranks Seventh Most Affordable Town in N.C.
April 2014
The real estate research blog Movoto ranked Holly Springs seventh in affordability among 83 towns in N.C. with a population of at least 10,000.

Holly Springs Ranked #1 Among Best Places in N.C. for Home Ownership
March 2014
Holly Springs ranked first in NerdWallet's Best Places for Homeownership in North Carolina list. Factors considered in forming the list included home availability and affordability, as well as area growth.


2013
Holly Springs Listed as a Traffic Safe Community
December 2013
Holly Springs was listed by AAA Carolinas as a Traffic Safe Community and was one of the three towns with populations between 10,000 and 30,000 selected statewide. Traffic safe communities are selected by looking at crash statistics, number of law enforcement officers per capita and presence of formal traffic safety programs. 

Holly Springs Listed Among Best Cities in N.C.
November 2013
Holly Springs ranked 12th among the 50 Best Cities in N.C in a study by Movoto, a real estate research blog. Movoto considered cost of living, crime rate, education, median household income, home values, and amenities.

Holly Springs Ranked Among Best Places in N.C. for Job Seekers
October 2013
Holly Springs was ranked second by NerdWallet in a list of the best places in North Carolina for job seekers. The Town's population growth, median household income and median monthly homeowner costs were considered, as well as the Town's proximity to top health and life science employers.

Holly Springs Farmers Market Voted Top Farmers Market in North Carolina and United States
October 2013
The Farmers Market in the Holly Springs Village District, managed and operated by the Department of Planning & Zoning, was voted as the Top Farmers Market in North Carolina and was among the Top 100 Most Celebrated Farmers Markets in the United States in the American Farm Land Trust’s I Love My Farmers Market™ contest, an online national contest that helps Americans show their support for their favorite farmers markets and helps markets raise their visibility.

Town Honored for Excellence in Financial Reporting
September 2013
For the eighth consecutive year, Holly Springs has received the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada. The award is for the Town's comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR). The certificate is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting. 

Holly Springs Among Best N.C. Towns for Young Families
July 2013
The consumer advocacy Web site NerdWallet ranked Holly Springs third in the state in its survey of best N.C. towns for young families. The financial literacy Web site based its rankings on public schools, home value, cost of home ownership, average income and economic growth.

Communications Staff Earns Two Awards at Statewide Conference
March 2013
The Town of Holly Springs' Department of Public Affairs and Communications received two honors during the third annual Excellence in Communications Awards presented in March 2013 by the North Carolina City and County Communicators (NC3C). 


2012

Bloomberg Businessweek: The Best Place to Raise Kids in North Carolina

December 2012
Bloomberg Businessweek and Bloomberg Rankings evaluated more than 3,200 places nationwide with populations from 5,000 to 50,000. Bloomberg looked at such metrics as public school performance, safety, housing costs, commute time, poverty, adults’ educational attainment, share of households with children, and diversity. To gauge the local job market, Bloomberg also weighed median income and unemployment.
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Holly Springs Listed as a Traffic Safe Community
December 2012
Holly Springs was listed by AAA Carolinas as a Traffic Safe Community and was one of the five towns with populations between 10,000 and 30,000 selected statewide. Traffic safe communities are selected by looking at crash statistics, number of law enforcement officers per capita and presence of formal traffic safety programs. 

Parks & Recreation Staff Earns Award at Statewide Conference
November 2012
Parks and Recreation Athletics Program Manager Kristen Denton received the 2012 Young Professional of the Year award during the annual North Carolina Recreation and Parks Association state conference. Denton was recognized for her dedication and experience in the field of Parks and Recreation at a luncheon held by the NCRPA in Greenville, NC.

Holly Springs Farmers Market Voted Favorite Farmers Market in North Carolina
October 2012
The Farmers Market in the Holly Springs Village District, managed and operated by the Department of Planning & Zoning, was voted as the #1 Favorite Overall and Mid-Sized Farmers Market in North Carolina, #7 Favorite Mid-Sized Market in the United States in the American Farm Land Trust’s America’s Favorite Farmers Market™ contest, an online national contest that helps Americans show their support for their favorite farmers markets and helps markets raise their visibility.

Town Receives Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting
September 2012
For the seventh consecutive year, Holly Springs received the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada. The award is for the Town's comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR). The certificate is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting. 


2011

Holly Springs Farmers Market Voted Favorite Small Farmers Market in North Carolina 
October 2011 
The Farmers Market in the Holly Springs Village District, managed and operated by the Department of Planning & Zoning, was voted as the Favorite Small Farmers Market in North Carolina, #2 Favorite Overall Market in North Carolina and the #17 Favorite Small Market in the United States in the American Farm Land Trust’s America’s Favorite Farmers Market™ contest, an online national contest that helps Americans show their support for their favorite farmers markets and helps markets raise their visibility.

Holly Springs Census 2010 Media Blitz Receives Award
October 2011 
The Town of Holly Springs' Department of Planning & Zoning and the Holly Springs Sun received the Marvin Collins Outstanding Planning Award for the media campaign regarding the importance of participation in the 2010 US Census from the N.C. Chapter of the American Planning Association. The award recognizes plans, programs or processes of unusually high merit that have been completed within the past two years.

Town Receives Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting
September 2011
Holly Springs has received the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada for the sixth consecutive year. The award is for the Town's comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR). The certificate is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting. 

Communications Staff Earns Two Awards at Statewide Conference
April 2011
The Town of Holly Springs' Department of Public Affairs and Communications and the Department of Parks and Recreation received two honors during the third annual Excellence in Communications Awards presented in April 2011 by the North Carolina City and County Communicators (NC3C.)


2010

Town Honored for Excellence in Financial Reporting
September 2010
Holly Springs has received the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada. The award is for the Town's comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR). The certificate is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting. 

Communications Staff Earns Six Awards at Statewide Conference 
April 2010
The Town of Holly Springs' Department of Public Affairs and Communications received six honors during the second annual Excellence in Communications Awards presented April 29 by the North Carolina City and County Communicators (NC3C.)


2009

Town Honored for Excellence in Financial Reporting
September 2009
Holly Springs has received the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada. The award is for the Town's comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR). The certificate is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting. 

Holly Springs Included Among "America's Top 100 Places to Live"
April 2009
For the second straight year, the consumers directory Relocate America named Holly Springs to its list of "America's Top 100 Places to Live." Communities were chosen based on growth outlook and ability to rebound from the nation's recession, as well as government and business leadership in the community.


2008

Pedestrian Transportation Plan Receives Award
September 2008
The Town of Holly Springs' Pedestrian Transportation Plan received an award from the N.C. Chapter of the American Planning Association. The award recognizes plans, programs or processes of unusually high merit that have been adopted with the past two years.

Town Recognized for Excellence in Financial Reporting
September 2008
The Governmental Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada awarded Holly Springs a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting. The award was for the Town's Comprehensive Annual Financial Report.


2007

Holly Springs Recognized for Recruitment of Life Sciences Manufacturing
September 2007
The International Economic Development Council awarded Holly Springs with an Honorable Mention for the Town's marketing campaign to attract life sciences manufacturing facilities. The years-long effort paid off when Novartis Vaccines and Diagnostics announced in July 2006 that it would build a flu vaccine facility here.

Town Recognized for Excellence in Financial Reporting
September 2007
The Governmental Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada awarded Holly Springs a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting. The award was for the Town's Comprehensive Annual Financial Report. 

Forbes Magazine Ranks Holly Springs 18th Fastest Growing Suburb in U.S.
August 2007

Money Magazine Lists Holly Springs Among Top Towns in U.S.
July 2007
Money Magazine named Holly Springs one of the best places to live in the country, ranking it 22nd among 100 Great American Towns. Holly Springs was one of three North Carolina towns on the list.

"Some places have everything any family could want - economic opportunity, good schools, safe streets, things to do and a sense of community," CNNMoney.com wrote in naming the best smaller places to live.

Novartis Recruitment Earns Industry Recognition
May 2007
Novartis' recruitment to Holly Springs was named one of the "Top Deals in North America" by a trade publication for executives who decide where businesses locate. Site Selection magazine based its Top 20 list on factors including capital investment, jobs, regional impact, creativity and intensity of the competition.

Town Earns New Industry Award
February 2007
Triangle Business Journal honored the Town's Novartis project with one of the publication's annual commercial real estate awards. The Town and Novartis received the business journal's SPACE Award in the Economic Development: New Industry category.

Wake County School System Tops Nation in Teacher Certification
January 2007
The Wake County Public School System has the largest corps of teachers to earn certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards of any school system in the nation.


2006

Town Honored for Excellence in Financial Reporting
July 2006
The Governmental Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada awarded Holly Springs a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting. The award was for the Town's Comprehensive Annual Financial Report. A panel cited the Town's "spirit of full disclosure."

Erosion Control Program Receives State Award
February 2006
The N.C. Sedimentation Control Commission gave the Town of Holly Springs' sedimentation and erosion control program an award for overall excellence. It was the second such award in three years.


2005

Money Magazine Ranks Holly Springs Among Best Places to Retire in N.C.
October 2005
Holly Springs ranked among the state's 20 contenders for best places to retire in the magazine's annual nationwide study. The magazine included towns with more than 14,000 people, above-median household income, population growth, and real-estate appreciation over the previous five years. 

Money Magazine Ranks Holly Springs Among Best Places to Live in N.C.
July 2005
Holly Springs ranked among the state's 20 contenders for best places places to live in the magazine's annual nationwide study. MONEY magazine and CNN/Money spent months looking for great American towns "where you would want to raise your children and celebrate life's milestones."

Holly Springs Ranked Safest N.C. Municipality with More Than 10,000 People
April 2005
Holly Springs ranked as the state's safest municipality with a population of more than 10,000 people. The Shelby Star newspaper conducted the study, comparing crime numbers for 55 N.C. municipalities. The numbers for violent crimes in each municipality were divided by that municipality's population and multiplied by 1,000.


2004

Holly Springs Town Hall Wins Award
May 2004
Holly Springs Town Hall received the Community Enhancement Award from the Triangle Commercial Real Estate Women association. The award goes to a public or non-profit project that enhances the community's economics, aesthetics, quality of life, etc.




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