2023 Voice of the People Award
The Town of Frederick is on the map for EXCELLENCE!
The only nationally recognized award, Voice of the People (VOP), given to local governments for their dedication to harnessing resident input, was awarded to the Town of Frederick at this year’s ICMA - International City/County Management Association Annual Conference. This is the 15th year of the award presented jointly by ICMA and Polco.
At the heart of Frederick’s progress and success is community involvement! We are honored to be recognized with the 2023 VOP Award. It serves as a true testament to the vital role of putting our community’s voice at the forefront!
We are Frederick! Built on What Matters!
The 2023 Frederick Business Awards, held on November 15, celebrated the remarkable achievements of the Frederick business community. Hosted by Jim Siedlecki, Director of Marketing and Communications for the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, the event recognized businesses for their contributions to the town, which recently earned the “Small Community of the Year” distinction from the Economic Development Council of Colorado.
The awards, themed “Built on What Matters,” were divided into four categories, each representing the values denoted by “FRED” - Family, Respect, Empowerment, and Dedication.
Finalists: Dark Horse Fitness, Bash’s Pizza, Front Range Tooling, Otter Products.
Winner: Front Range Tooling won for demonstrating exceptional commitment to their employees, many of whom have long tenures, reflecting the company’s strong family-like culture.
Finalists: Frontier Metal Stamping, Inc., Carbon Valley Eyecare, Acupuncture & Natural Medicine Center, Cerus Fitness.
Winner: Cerus Fitness, recognized for its efforts in fostering health and wellness in the community, including hosting a festival and developing a state-of-the-art spin program, received the Respect Award.
Finalists: Holly Vejrostek, FCI Constructors, Pebble Bay Soaps, Aqua-Hot.
Winner: Holly Vejrostek was honored for her role in empowering local business owners and contributing to various community initiatives.
Finalists: HS Design, Inc, Frontier Metal Stamping, Inc., Hirsh Precision Products, Pebble Bay Soaps.
Winner: Hirsh Precision Products, known for its commitment to precision manufacturing and community involvement, won the Dedication Award.
Additionally, the event acknowledged the “Small Business of the Year” and “Large Business of the Year.”
Small Business of the Year
HS Design, praised for its human-centered product designs and community involvement, was named Small Business of the Year.
Large Business of the Year
FCI Constructors, recognized for its significant contributions to local and national charitable organizations and involvement in major construction projects, was awarded Large Business of the Year.
These awards underscore the thriving business ecosystem in Frederick, highlighting businesses that succeed in their fields and contribute significantly to the community’s well-being.
2023 Small Community of the Year
The Economic Development Council of Colorado (EDCC) announced the 2023 EDIE award recipients, recognizing outstanding achievements by its members, organizations, communities, companies, individuals, and legislators for their achievements in economic development in the State of Colorado.
The Town of Frederick was selected as this year’s ‘Small Community of the Year’ (community population up to 19,999) for its achievements in the following activities:
- The Town doubled down and formed an Economic Development team to serve as the concierge for its local businesses.
- Launched a grant program for brick-and-mortar businesses to be used for property improvements or purchase of new equipment.
- Five notable Business Attraction projects won as a result of multiple site selection and negotiations including precision manufacturing and automation, retail, and distribution, totaling over 135,000 sq ft of industrial space, 500 new jobs, and millions in new capital investment.
- Completed a study assessing the viability in creating a downtown district to support future activation of its downtown.
- And finally, partnering with several organizations and grant programs in pursuit of the construction of the community’s first ever income-restricted multigenerational workforce housing initiative.
Government Finance Officers Association Awards
The Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) presented two distinguished awards to the Town of Frederick, recognizing their exceptional financial reporting and budgeting practices. These prestigious accolades, the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting and the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award, highlight the Town's commitment to transparency, accountability, and effective financial management.
In March, the GFOA awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting to the Town for its comprehensive financial report for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2021. An impartial panel evaluated the report and deemed it to meet the program's rigorous standards, including demonstrating a constructive "spirit of full disclosure." The Certificate of Achievement represents the highest recognition in governmental accounting and financial reporting. Additionally, Frederick was honored with the GFOA's Distinguished Budget Presentation Award in May. The Town satisfied nationally recognized guidelines for effective budget presentation, ensuring that the budget serves as a policy document, financial plan, operations guide, and communications device.
The Finance Department played a pivotal role in achieving these prestigious awards. This acknowledgment underscores Frederick's exceptional dedication and meticulous financial reporting!