Awards & Accolades


2024 Accolades

No. 7 on list of 15 Most Affordable and Safe Small Cities, MoneyGeek

No. 1 on list of Most Up and Coming Small Cities in the U.S., MoneyGeek

No. 21 on The South's Best Cities on the Rise 2024, Southern Living

No. 1 fastest-growing U.S. city on LinkedIn Workforce Report for January 2024

No. 9 on list of Top 10 Master-Planned Communities for 2023 Sales (Wellen Park), RCLCO

No. 13 on list of Top U.S. Growth Cities of 2023, U-Haul

No. 1 fastest-growing city in Florida, Insider Monkey

2024 Awards

Distinguished Budget Presentation Award, Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA)

Certificate of Recognition - Budget Preparation, GFOA

Outstanding Award - Florida Municipal Communicators Association (FMCA) for FY23 Annual Report

Outstanding Award - FMCA for 2024 Communications Strategy

National Gold Medal Award Program Finalist - Excellence in Park and Recreation Management from the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration 


2023 Awards

First Place - Wyland National Mayor's Challenge for Water Conservation

Gold Award - Aetna Workplace Well-being 

Gold Winner Award - Bell Seal for Workplace Mental Health

Certificate of Achievement - Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA)

Distinguished Budget Presentation Award - GFOA for FY22-23 budget

First Place - Children's Program: MONDA Swim from Florida Festival & Events Association (FFEA)

First Place - Best Web Resource for from the Florida Municipal Communicators Association

Top Ranking - Counsilman-Hunsaker Aquatic Examiner Services for the North Port Aquatic Center

2023 Accolades

No. 2 Fastest-Growing U.S. City, Quicken Loans

No. 7 fastest-growing U.S. city in 2023 Metro Rankings, Business Facilities

No. 1 fastest-growing U.S. city on LinkedIn Workforce Report for December 2023

No. 10 on list of Best U.S. Metros to Start a Business in High-Growth Sectors (No. 1 in Healthcare & Social Assistance), The Credit Review

No. 1 U.S. city in tech job growth, The Brookings Institution

No. 1 U.S. city on 2023 Talent Attraction Scorecard, Lightcast

No. 6 on list of Top 10 Metros Homebuyers Are Moving Into, by Net Inflow, Redfin

No. 9 on list of Top Cities for U.S. Job Seekers in 2024, MoneyGeek

No. 4 hottest housing market, Bankrate

No. 6 fastest-growing U.S. city, U.S. Census Bureau

No. 38 on list of Best Small-Sized Cities to Start a Business, WalletHub