Savvy Awards - Making Your Mark in 2020

UPDATE: With COVID-19 impacting members from across the country, 3CMA is adjusting the entry deadline and will not increase the entry rate beyond the Early Entry Rate.  You won’t miss your opportunity to highlight the great programs and projects your community has done over the past year.  Revised entry date to be posted soon!

It’s Time to Make the Leap

3CMA Savvy Awards2020 is a leap year and there are many reasons why you should take the leap and enter the Savvy Awards competition. Winning a Savvy Award tells your residents, and your elected and appointed leaders, that your work to increase engagement, communicate effectively and infuse creativity is among the best in the nation. It’s also a matter of personal pride – you’ve seen the results of your work and having it judged by your peers, and named among the best in the nation, brings a great sense of satisfaction. It’s our local government equivalent to receiving the Gold at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.

And while the athletes in Japan may look forward to the view from Mount Fuji, Savvy Award winners will be recognized in St. Louis, home to the 630-foot-tall Gateway Arch with beautiful views of the mighty Mississippi River. The Savvy Awards Ceremony will be presented during the 3CMA Annual Conference, September 9-11 in Missouri’s Gateway to the West.

The Savvy Awards competition covers every aspect of your work from social media and special events, to graphic design and photography, to community branding, video, and much more. We also love recognizing new communication heights and vitality with awards for creative projects with little to no budget and those that are most innovative.

The early entry deadline is being EXTENDED until April 20, 2020, and the regular deadline is May 11, 2020. The cost to enter remains at $85 for members for the early entry deadline and $95 for members for the regular entry deadline.

Your Time to Shine

2020 is anticipated to be a memorable year – from a mission to Mars, to the 2020 World Expo in Dubai, to the rise of high-speed rail in the US, to November elections and medical and technology breakthroughs. You can create your own memorable moment when you win a Savvy and hear your community’s name called during the spectacular 32nd Savvy Awards Ceremony at the 2020 Annual Conference, Sept. 9-11, in St. Louis. All finalists will be notified in advance so they can invite community leaders and co-workers to be present at the awards ceremony.

If you are a Savvy finalist unable to attend the Savvy Awards Ceremony, your award will be shipped to you following the Annual Conference. You deserve this – the opportunity to share what you’ve accomplished for your community, a chance to make your mark in 2020, and the potential to achieve the highest level of nation-wide acclaim for government communicators, a 3CMA Savvy Award!

Who Can Enter?

The 2020 Savvy Awards competition is open to all local government jurisdictions (City, County, Town, Village, District, etc.). In addition, public relations firms, consultants and/or advertising agencies may submit entries on behalf of their local government clients, provided they are submitted under the client’s name and jurisdiction.

Creating a Solution Source

When you submit your Savvy entry, your work becomes part of the most useful database of local government solutions from across the country. We created a Guidebook and Knowledge Repository for 3CMA members to have easy access to Savvy entries from years past with cutting-edge information and ideas from the most creative professionals in the business. This searchable database provides a solution to nearly every municipal challenge you may face at the touch of your fingertips.