Robert D. Ray Community Award for Excellence

This award is given annually to a town or city for enhancing the beauty, cleanliness and attractiveness of the community. 

The award is designed to recognize a town/city that has gone the extra mile to build a stronger more vital Iowa community both culturally and environmentally.

Community beautification projects that are supported or expanded may include, but not limited to, entryway improvement, housing, streetscaping, litter prevention,  park/trail development, recycling, lighting, roadway improvement, incorporation of art landscaping and public nuisance abatement.

Former Governor Robert D. Ray believes that clean and attractive communities improve the economic vitality and cultural climate of where we live, work and raise a family.


Nominations are accepted from organizations, community officials and/or volunteers by Jan. 29, 2017. To submit your nomination, please send a letter detailing:
  1. Which town or city is being nominated

  2. Why you are nominating this community

  3. Detail in what ways this nominated community contributes to enhancing the beauty, cleanliness and attractiveness of our state. (Please provide specific examples of projects or initiatives that were deployed and the impact(s) of those efforts)

  4. All contact information of the nominated community (along with city officials and city managers)

  5. Your full contact information and affiliation with the nominated community

Nomination letters must be submitted via email to Bill Jackson at no later than 5 p.m. on January 29, 2016.

2017 Robert D. Ray Community Award for Excellence

The 2017 award was presented to The City of Woodbine on March 13, 2017 at the Iowa State Capitol by Governor Terry Branstad for investing in downtown rehabilitation by saving 45 building and adding 37 upper story housing units.

2016 Robert D. Ray Community Award for Excellence

2016 Recipient: The City of Lake City

Lake City is recognized for their enhancement efforts and beautification programs that make the community a more attractive place to live and work.

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