Bloomington received four national communications awards from the City-County Communications and Marketing Association this year. 3CMA received a record 807 entries from cities and counties across the country hoping to place in this competitive contest that recognizes the best in government communications. The City received a first-place Savvy Award for the 2021 State of the City: A Year Like No Other; a second-place Silver Circle Award for the 2020 Corporate Report to the Community and the Mask up, Bloomington! social media campaign; and a third-place Award of Excellence for the Briefing.
The City also received recognition for its communications at the state level with five awards from the Minnesota Association of Government Communicators annual Northern Lights Awards. Topping the list for Bloomington was the video Buckthorn Bust: How To, which received a first-place Northern Lights Award and a Best in Show nomination, one of only five entries nominated for this honor. The Briefing, recipient of the Northern Lights award a number of times over the years, was awarded second place in the publications category this year. Third place honors went to Council Minute with Mayor Busse video series, Mask up, Bloomington! social media campaign that featured Bloomington landmarks “wearing” masks and a Visual Translations Art Exhibit video.