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Awards and Honors
City Awards and Honors
The City of Rowlett strives to achieve the highest standards in all areas of business to demonstrate our commitment to excellence. In the past several years, the City has been bestowed many awards, which are listed below.

Recognized with a Silver Star Award TAMI by the Texas Association of Municipal Information Officers (TAMIO) for the City's new website in the category of Tech Services Website Category for populations less than 75,000.
Recognized with a TAMI Award by the Texas Association of Municipal Information Officers (TAMIO) in the category of Special or One-Time Video Programs.
Recognized for the Award of Excellence from the Videographer Awards in the category of a one-time government/city video.
Recognized with a Silver Star Award TAMI Award by TAMIO in the Special Program category.
Recognized for the Award of Excellence from the Videographer Awards in the category of TV Spot, Wet Zone, "Ready for Summer?"

Economic Development
Rowlett was recognized by the Dallas Business Journal in March 2012 in their list of the “Largest North Texas Economic Development Agencies” based on the volume or real estate transactions occurring in 2011.  This designation provides additional support for the past efforts of preparing Rowlett for growth with investment in transportation infrastructure, such as PGBT and DART.
Excellence in Community Economic Development
For the fifth consecutive year, Rowlett has been recognized for Outstanding Achievement in Community Economic Development by the Texas Economic Development Council (TEDC). Rowlett was recognized for its innovative approach to utilizing existing resources to make contact with the local business community by engaging the Police and Fire department annual visits as another point of contact for business retention and engagement.  This process ensures that annually the City has up-to-date information on our existing business community.
Rowlett was recognized for its collaborative effort by citizens, local businesses, the Mayor and City Council, and city staff in creating a local stimulus program. In order to receive this honor, cities must demonstrate how a community did something that another community of similar or smaller size could emulate at little to no cost to their budget. 
Economic Development won 2nd place from for a marketing piece for communities 50k to 200k. This marketing piece was mailed to all Rowlett citizens and was distributed to businesses in other cities inviting them to move their businesses to Rowlett. 
Economic Development was recognized for the assistance offered to the development process of the Andrews Office Building located on Dalrock near AH-30. This authentic log-cabin type multi-story office building was very difficult to complete since the City of Dallas owns the take area adjacent to the lake. The City was able to work with all entities involved to make this project a reality. 
Economic Development was recognized for overseeing the development process for the Super Target location on SH 66 at Liberty Grove. This development is the first of many to come because of the Eastern Extension of the President George Bush Turnpike. 

2008 - 2009
Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR)
The City's Finance and Administration Department has received the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for its comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR). T
he certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management.  
Budget Document Presentation
Finance and Administration was also recognized by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for the 
Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for the Annual Budget beginning October 1, 2008. In order to receive this award, a government unit must publish a budget document that meets program criteria as a policy document, as an operations guide, as a financial plan, and as a communications device.


For seven consecutive years, the Rowlett Public Library has been awarded "Achievement of Excellence in Libraries Award" by the Texas Municipal Library Directors Association.

Parks & Recreation
August 2010
Rowlett named "Playful City USA"
Let’s Go Play!
- the non-profit organization called KaBOOM! selected Rowlett as one of only 118 cities across the nation, and one of only six Texas cities, to be named a Playful City USA for its outstanding dedication to play and notable aspect of its commitment to children. The award recognizes Rowlett for engaging its citizens to promote neighborhood park locations and play space amenities through the creation of a new program called “Come Out & Play”.  


Tree City, USA
The City of Rowlett has held the Tree City USA designation developed by The National Arbor Day Foundation (NADF) for cities dedicated to conservation and environmental awareness. To become a Tree City USA, Rowlett passed a tree ordinance, organized a tree board and proclaims and celebrates an Arbor Day.  The City of Rowlett’s significant efforts to earn this important distinction can be seen in its median beautification projects as well as tree plantings in area parks, greenbelts and city grounds. Rowlett was first named Tree City USA in 2000.

Wet Zone Waterpark

World Waterpark Association, Wave Review 2009, Best Brochure for up to 100,000 attendance
World Waterpark Association, Wave Review 2008, Best Website for up to 100,000 attendance.

Emergency Management
Storm Ready City
The City of Rowlett was one of the very first cities in Texas to receive the StormReady designation in 2002 as a community better prepared to save lives from the onslaught of severe weather through meticulous planning, education and awareness. StormReady communities have experienced fewer fatalities and property damage.

CERT Excellence
The City of Rowlett has set the pace for communities around Texas as one of the first cities to implement the federal government’s initiative for Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT). The program has trained more than 100 CERT volunteers and has been recognized by the Federal Emergency Management Agency for its excellence.


4000 Main Street Rowlett, TX 75088