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Here are some of the awards the City's Communications Division has received.

City-County Communications and Marketing Association (3CMA)

3CMA did not hold a contest or confer any awards in 2020.

Savvy Award

  • 2021: Special Events: Recurring Event – State of the City: A Year Like No Other
  • 2019: Video – Pack Your Bags, Pondweed!
  • 2018: TV Talk Show/News – Bloomington Today
  • 2016: External Newsletter – Bloomington Briefing
  • 2016: TV and Video News Programming – Bloomington Today
  • 2014: Special Events: Recurring Event – The Art of Creating Community (Bloomington State of the City)
  • 2013: Annual Reports – Corporate Report to the Community
  • 2013: Graphic Design – Corporate Report to the Community
  • 2013: Internal Newsletter – Insider
  • 2013: TV and Video News Programming – Bloomington Today
  • 2011: Printed Newsletter – Insider
  • 2010: Printed Newsletter – Insider
  • 2009: Internal Newsletter – Insider
  • 2009: Special Events – Bloomington Sesquicentennial Celebration
  • 2007: External Newsletter – Bloomington Briefing
  • 2007: Internal Newsletter – Insider
  • 2006: Internal Newsletter – Insider
  • 2005: Internal Newsletter – Insider
  • 2005: Annual Report – Corporate Report to the Community

Silver Circle Award

  • 2021: Social Media Best Campaign Use – Mask Up, Bloomington!
  • 2021: Annual Report – 2020 Corporate Report to the Community
  • 2019: Printed Publications: External Publications – Bloomington Briefing
  • 2018: Printed Publications: External Publications – Bloomington Briefing 
  • 2018: Special Event – Recurring Events – We Are Bloomington (Bloomington State of the City)
  • 2016: Video – Bloomington Honor Guard in the Spotlight
  • 2014: Printed Publications: External Publications – Bloomington Briefing 
  • 2012: Internal Publications – Insider
  • 2010: Printed Newsletter – Bloomington Briefing
  • 2007: Annual Report – Corporate Report to the Community
  • 2004: Special Events – Bloomington Civic Plaza Debut
  • 2002: Intranet – CityBIZ
  • 2001: Most Creative – Tech Team Report
  • 2000: External Newsletter – Bloomington Briefing
  • 1999: One-time Video – Bloomington: Where the Water Touches the Bluffs

Award of Excellence

  • 2021: External Newsletter – Bloomington Briefing
  • 2018: Annual Report – 2017 Corporate Report to the Community
  • 2013: External Newsletter – Bloomington Briefing
  • 2011: External Newsletter – Bloomington Briefing
  • 2010: Annual Report – Corporate Report to the Community
  • 2008: Internal Newsletter – Insider
  • 2008: External Newsletter – Bloomington Briefing
  • 2006: Annual Report – Corporate Report to the Community
  • 2005: External Newsletter –Bloomington Briefing
  • 2003: Intranet – CityBIZ
  • 2003: Annual Report – 2002 Corporate Report to the Community
  • 2002: External Newsletter – Bloomington Briefing
  • 2001: TV/Video – At Your Service
  • 2000: One-time Video – 2000 and Beyond

National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (NATOA)

First Place

  • 2017: Video Journalism – Bloomington Today at its Best
  • 2005: Public Affairs – A New Use for Old Town Hall

Second Place

  • 2017: Arts and Entertainment – Hairspray Gets Fancy with Foam Wigs
  • 2005: Public Affairs – Bloomington Today: 2004 Year in Review
  • 2003: Public Education – Public Works: A Blueprint for Opportunity
  • 1999: Public Education

Third Place

  • 2018: TV Journalism –The Stories of Bloomington Today
  • 2017: Public Education – How Does Drinking Water Get to Your Faucet?
  • 2004: Public Affairs – Bloomington Today: 2003 Year in Review
  • 2003: Public Affairs – Bloomington Today: 2002 Year in Review
  • 2000: Profile of a City/County – 2000 and Beyond: A Bloomington Odyssey
  • 1999: Documentary Profile

Minnesota Association of Government Communicators

Northern Lights Award
MAGC's first-place award starting 2016

  • 2021: Instructional Video – Buckthorn Bust: How To*
  • 2020: Annual Report – Corporate Report to the Community 2019*
  • 2020: Illustration or Graphic – Bloomington Engagement Vehicle (BEV)
  • 2019: Agency, Event, Program or Service Video – Wanted: Bloomington Bus Drivers
  • 2019: Interview, Talk Show or News Magazine – Bloomington Today
  • 2019: Video Short – Pack Your Bags, Pondweed!
  • 2018: Community Interest Video – The Story Behind the Butterflies
  • 2018: Interview, Talk Show or News Magazine – Bloomington Today
  • 2018: Promotional Video – Dog Sledding at Bush Lake Beach 
  • 2018: Special Event – 2017 State of the City (We Are Bloomington)
  • 2018: Video Short  Bloomington Police Welcomes Super Bowl Visitors
  • 2017: Annual Report – Corporate Report to the Community 2016
  • 2017: Social Media/Engagement – Bloomington's #RunningManChallenge*
  • 2017: Best for Least – Bloomington's #RunningManChallenge
  • 2016: News Magazine Programming – Bloomington Today*
  • 2016: Newsletter or Magazine Printed Publications - Insider
  • 2016: Social Media/Engagement - Mining Old Photos in Search of Facebook Gold

*Nominated for best of show

Award of Excellence
MAGC's top tier award, 2004 – 2015

  • 2015: Social Media Engagement – The Race to 2,000 Likes
  • 2015: Annual Reports – Corporate Report to the Community 2014*
  • 2015: Video, Informational – Staying Active Has No Age Limit
  • 2015: Periodical Printed Publication, External – Bloomington Briefing
  • 2014: Corporate Reports – Corporate Report to the Community 2013
  • 2014: External Periodical – Bloomington Briefing
  • 2012: Corporate Reports – Corporate Report to the Community 2011
  • 2011: Annual Reports – Corporate Report to the Community 2010
  • 2011: Periodical Printed Publication, External – Bloomington Briefing
  • 2011: Periodical Printed Publication, Interna – Insider *
  • 2011: Video, Informational – All About Water
  • 2010: Annual Reports – Corporate Report to the Community 2009*
  • 2010: External Periodical – Bloomington Briefing *
  • 2010: Internal Periodical – Insider
  • 2009: Annual Reports – Corporate Report to the Community 2008*
  • 2009: Internal Periodical – Insider 2009
  • 2009: Special Events – Bloomington Sesquicentennial Celebration*
  • 2009: Websites – CityWEB Sesquicentennial Redesign
  • 2008: Annual Reports – Corporate Report to the Community 2007
  • 2008: External Periodical – Bloomington Briefing
  • 2008: Internal Periodical – Insider
  • 2007: Annual Reports – Corporate Report to the Community 2006
  • 2007: External Periodical – Bloomington Briefing
  • 2007: Internal Periodical – Insider
  • 2006: External Periodical – Bloomington Briefing
  • 2006: Internal Periodical – Insider
  • 2005: Annual Reports – Corporate Report to the Community 2004
  • 2005: Local Programming Video – A New Use for Old Town Hall
  • 2005: Internal Periodical – Insider
  • 2004: Special Events – Bloomington Civic Plaza Debut

*Nominated for best of show

Silver Award

  • 2021: Newsletter or Magazine – Bloomington Briefing
  • 2020: Newsletter or Magazine – Bloomington Briefing
  • 2020: Community Engagement – Life in Bloomington Photo Series
  • 2019: Annual Report – Corporate report to the Community 2018
  • 2019: Community Interest Video – The Mayor of Hopkinsville
  • 2018: Annual Report – Corporate Report to the Community 2017
  • 2018: Newsletter or Magazine – Bloomington Briefing
  • 2017: Newsletter or Magazine – Insider
  • 2017: Interview, Talk Show, News Magazine – Bloomington Today
  • 2017: Community Interest Video – Ice Arena Manager Retires After 45 Years
  • 2017: Special Event – State of the City 2016
  • 2016: Newsletter or Magazine Printed Publications - Bloomington Briefing

Bronze Award

  • 2021: Promotional Video – Visual Translations Art Exhibit
  • 2021: Social Media Engagement – Mask Up, Bloomington!
  • 2021: Video Campaign or Series – Council Minute
  • 2020: Special Event – Bloomington in Focus: State of the City 2019
  • 2019: Photography – Bloomington Honor Guard: Standing For Those Who Have Fallen
  • 2019: Special Event – State of the City 2018
  • 2017: Newsletter or Magazine – Bloomington Briefing
  • 2017: Promotional Video – Better Together: TRAIL Helps Adaptive Softball Players Play Ball
  • 2016: Video Campaign or Series – Art in the Loop
  • 2016: Annual Reports - 2015 Corporate Report to the Community

Award of Merit

  • 2021: Community Interest Video – Bloomington Yesterday: Pahl Family Farm
  • 2019: Public Information Project – Pack Your Bags, Pondweed!
  • 2018: Agency, Event, Program or Service Video – Oak Grove’s New "Kids" at School
  • 2018: Newsletter or Magazine – The Insider
  • 2015: Recurring Event – State of the City 2014
  • 2015: Video, Promotional – Meet Laurie
  • 2015: Video, Informational – Made in Bloomington: Nechville Musical Products
  • 2014: Internal Periodical – Insider
  • 2014: Video, Informational – Firefighters Make Dreams Come True
  • 2014: Video, Internal – What Do Snowplow Operators Do in the Summer?
  • 2013: Annual Report – Corporate Report to the Community 2012
  • 2013: Periodical Printed Publication – Newsletters, Magazines For External Audience – Bloomington Briefing
  • 2013: Periodical Printed Publication – Newsletters, Magazines For Internal Audience – Insider
  • 2012: Periodical Printed Publication – For External Audience – Briefing
  • 2012: Periodical Printed Publication – For Internal Audience – Insider
  • 2012: Video – News or Talk Show – Bloomington Today
  • 2011: Video, Informational – City Faces
  • 2009: External Periodical – Bloomington Briefing
  • 2009: Video – Where the Water Touches the Bluffs: A Sesquicentennial Edition
  • 2008: Websites – CityWEB
  • 2006: Local Programming – Bloomington Today: Year in Review 2006
  • 2005: Instructional Video – Who Wants to be a Snowplow Driver?
  • 2004: Public Service Announcements – Only on Cable
  • 2004: Internal Periodicals – Insider

City Hall Public Information Awards

  • 1998: Award of Merit – Bloomington Briefing

IABC - District 4

  • 2004: Award of Merit, Special Events – Bloomington Civic Plaza Debut

League of Minnesota Cities

  • 2004: City Achievement Award, Communications – Bloomington Briefing and Insider

Twin Cities ITVA

  • 2000: Award of Merit, Special Budget – Bloomington: Where the Water Touches the Bluffs

Women in Communications, Inc. - Twin Cities Chapter

  • 2004: Award of Merit, Special Events