Is your HOAFlorida Communities of Excellence or condo a “community of excellence?” If so, now is the time to submit your success story and win an award at the Communities of Excellence Awards Gala on May 15, 2015 at the Bonaventure Resort & Spa in Weston, Florida. Entries are being accepted until January 31, 2015. There is no cost to enter and entries are submitted online.

The Florida Communities of Excellence Awards recognize the achievements of volunteer board members and professional managers in community associations. It is the only recognition program for community associations throughout Florida. These awards are points of pride for current residents and they have a powerful impact on communities seeking to attract new owners.

Now, in its seventh year, the Conference & Awards Ceremony will honor all finalists and award winners and includes educational sessions, a trade show, awards program and a gala after-party.

The COE Awards are a great way for communities and associations to show off all of their hard work. There are 12 awards categories, including:

• Water Conservation (Indoors and Outdoors)
• Energy Efficiency
• Florida-Friendly Landscaping
• Civic Volunteerism & Advocacy
• Communications & Community
• Family Friendly Programs & Initiatives
• Disaster Preparedness
• Safety & Security
• Financial Innovation
• “The Comeback Kid”
• Trendsetter Awards
• Community Video Showcase

The Communities of Excellence awards are judged by a panel of professionals that are experienced in each of the categories. Check out last year’s finalists and winners to start brainstorming about which category is best for your community association to enter.

Has your community ever entered the COE Awards? What was your experience? Let us know in the comments section below.

by Ashley Dietz, Marketing Director, Campbell Property Management