Awards & Recognitions


National & Regional Recognition

Government Executive Magazine: County Says ‘Third Way’ Transformation Helped It Thrive Despite Great Recession

National Association of Counties: County cuts taxes but not services during recession

New Jersey Association of Counties: Burlington County Roadmap to Excellence

Government Executive Magazine’s Innovation in Action Vol. 2 eBook: Budgeting The Third Way


Local Recognition

Veterans Services officer went above and beyond


Awards & Honors

2014         DVRPC Air Quality Excellence Award
The Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission awarded Burlington County with an Air Quality Excellence Award for “The county's efforts to improve air quality have included encouraging its employees to carpool, installing a solar panel array at its offices, and substantially cutting its vehicle fleet.” This year marks the first time a New Jersey county• was recognized with the award, which is bestowed by the Air Quality Partnership, a division of the regional commission. The partnership educates the public about ozone and provides air quality forecasts.

2014         NACo 2014 Achievement Award
The National Association of Counties (NACo) has awarded the Burlington County Board of Chosen Freeholder’s with a 2014 Achievement Award for its Municipal Park Development Grant Program. NACo congratulated Burlington County for developing this innovative program, now in its fifth year. The program has been used to build and improve local parks, trails, ball fields and other recreational facilities.

2014         New Jersey Conference of Mayors Freeholder of the Year
The New Jersey Conference of Mayors has named Burlington County Freeholder Joe Donnelly Freeholder of the Year statewide for public service.

2013         NAACP 2013 Special Civil Rights Award
The Southern Burlington County NAACP presented the 2013 Special Civil Rights Award to Burlington County for the establishment of the Office of Cultural Affairs. They applauded the visionary leadership and cultural sensitivity of Freeholder Director Donnelly and County Administrator Drayton in facilitating the development of this important new office. This award memorializes that “Burlington County clearly leads the way in demonstrating the commitment to diversity in the State of New Jersey.”

2013         National Safety Council Best Performance in a Defensive Driving Course Training
Burlington County Sheriff Jean Stanfield received national recognition for achieving the Best Performance in a public traffic safety program for her Defensive Driving course. The National Safety Council recognized the sheriff’s training course at the 2013 Congress and Exposition. The award was presented at the Annual Defensive Driving Course Training Center & Instructor of the Year Awards Banquet. This award was presented to the Burlington County Defensive Driving Course for leading the field in training safer motorists on the highways in our service area.

2012         Pew Charitable Trust Lowest Taxes in the Region
Pew Charitable Trust ranked Burlington County as the County with the lowest comparable tax burden in the Philadelphia region

2010         American Society of Landscape Architects-NJ Merit Award
Taylor Design Group of Mount Laurel received a Merit Award in the Landscape Architectural Site Design Category from the American Society of Landscape Architects-NJ for Boundary Creek Natural Resource Area the design project was considered “an extraordinary example of passive park design.” Boundary Creek Natural Resource Area is a 38-acre Burlington County park located in Moorestown, along the Rancocas Creek. The park is Burlington County’s eighth, and has received rave reviews from visitors since opening in November 2008.

2009         Victorian Society of America Award
Burlington County won a national award from the Victorian Society of America for its restoration of the Victorian-era industrial village streetscape at Historic Smithville Park. The architect for the project, Vitetta, nominated the County for the award. The original late 1860s streetscape was recreated to resemble the way it looked during the time of Hezekiah B. Smith when he operated a progressive industrial center for production of wood working machinery and the Star high-wheel bicycle. The Victorian Society, headquartered in Philadelphia, noted in its award letter that the compound is an “invaluable resource that has been adaptively reused by the county as a heritage site and cultural destination” and that the “county should be proud of this important asset.”

2008         Walt Whitman Preservation Forum 2008 Community Partnership award
Burlington County’s River Route project was selected the winner of the 2008 Community Partnership award at the Seventh Annual Walt Whitman Preservation Forum. It was awarded this honor because at least 203 major businesses have invested more than $2 billion in new projects within the 52 square miles covered by the project. That investment has, in turned, created more than 3,000 new jobs.

The Walt Whitman Preservation Forum is presented annually during National Preservation Month by the Heritage Collaborative, a non-profit organization dedicated to exploring fresh approaches to historic preservation—particularly in communities at risk. The River Route enjoyed significant economic growth, with $2 billion dollars in new commercial and residential investment under the “smart growth” planning initiative undertaken by the Burlington County Freeholders and local community leaders.

2008         Southern New Jersey Development Council Renaissance Community Award
Hailed as the County’s “Gateway to Opportunity,” the River Route has been honored by the Southern New Jersey Development Council The Development Council selected the River Route Advisory Committee as the recipient of its prestigious Renaissance Community Award.

2008         Southern New Jersey Business People Impact Award
Southern New Jersey Business People honored the River Route Project by awarding the SNJBP Impact Award for “its pivotal role in the growth of the region.”

2007         NJ Commission on Recreation for Individuals with Disabilities Innovative Accessible Recreation Facility Award
Burlington County won an Innovative Accessible Recreation Facility Award from the NJ Commission on Recreation for Individuals with Disabilities in 2007

2007         Governor’s Environmental Excellence Award for Land Conservation
Burlington County’s Open Space and Farmland Preservation Program was selected winner of the Governor’s Environmental Excellence Award for Land Conservation in 2007. Burlington County was honored for having preserved more than 25,000 acres of farmland and 5,000 acres of open space, having created New Jersey's first Farmland Preservation Program in 1985 and ranking first in the State and sixth in the nation for acreage preserved. Burlington County was also recognized for establishing the State's first Transfer of Development Rights (TDR) program which served as the model for statewide TDR legislation adopted in 2005.

2007         NJ Division on Women Outstanding Recognition of Service to Women by a Community Organization Award
The Burlington County Advisory Council on Women received a state award for its annual Reach for the Stars program which introduces girls to alternative career choices by bringing them together with professionals in various nontraditional fields. The Council received the award from the NJ Division on Women for “Outstanding Recognition of Service to Women by a Community Organization.”

2007         NJ Concrete and Aggregate Association Award
Burlington County received an award for the use of environmentally friendly pervious concrete and “grass-crete” paving at the Community Agricultural Center that allows water to pass through into the soil reducing runoff and erosion, as well as recharging groundwater supplies. The County received the award from the NJ Concrete and Aggregate Association

2007         National Fallen Firefighters Foundation Seal of Excellence Award
The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation’s (NFFF) nationwide Whistle-Stop Tour stopped in Burlington County to salute state and local firefighters, and present the NFFF Seal of Excellence Award to the Burlington County Emergency Services Training Center. The Seal of Excellence program recognized Burlington County for implementing the 16 Firefighter Life Safety Initiatives/ Everyone Goes Home Program.

2006         Preservation Alliance Design in Excellence Award
Burlington County won an award from the Preservation Alliance for Smithville Park’s master plan, and a Design in Excellence Award from the NJ Park and Recreation Association in 2006

2005         Trust for Public Lands/National Association of Counties Award
In 2005, the County won the Trust for Public Lands/National Association of Counties Award for leadership, innovation, and successful implementation of its park and recreation plans. Burlington County was the only winner in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions.

2005         NJ Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects Merit Award
Burlington County won a Merit Award from the NJ Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects in 2005 for Smithville Park.