Rankings and Recognitions

We like to recognize all the things that make Greeley a thriving community: student athletic and academic achievements; positive partnerships between businesses and schools; national rankings; and local, state and national awards earned by our non-profit, civic, business and government workers.

These recognitions aren't a pat on the back from locals to locals; rather, they're awards and kudos given from outside the community to those in Greeley who deserve it.

At each City Council Meeting, we recognize the people, organizations, and businesses that make Greeley great.  Visit GTV8 to view videos of the presentations. 


What’s Great About Greeley: January 2019

With these announcements we are appreciating the good work of our residents, showing support for their efforts, and encouraging everyone to share the word that Greeley is Great.

BizWest: 40 Under Forty Honorees
40-Under-40Congratulations to Karla Del Karpio-Ovando of the University of Northern Colorado, Chris Garcia of the City of Greeley, Nick Kenny of the Greeley Philharmonic Orchestra, and Lisa Taylor from the Immigrant & Refugee Center of Northern Colorado for being named a 40 Under Forty Honoree by BizWest. Northern Colorado 40 Under Forty recognizes 40 up-and-coming business leaders under 40 years of age who are making their mark on their communities through success in their professions and volunteer activities outside of work. Recipients are nominated by their peers, and a panel of previous winners selects the current-year honorees.

Weld County: A StormReady County
The National Weather Service has named Weld County a Storm Ready County.  To be a StormReady County, a county must meet several criteria including a 24-hour warning point and emergency operations center, creation of multiple way to alert to public, promotion of the importance of emergency preparedness and the development of a formal hazardous weather plan.

Northridge High School: Special Olympics/Unified Bowling Champs
Congratulations to members of the Northridge Unified Bowling Team for winning the championship title at the Special Olympics/Unified Sports state bowling tournament.

University of Northern Colorado: Special Olympics Colorado Hall of Fame
Speaking of Special Olympics, the University of Northern Colorado Unified Athletics club has been inducted into the Special Olympics Colorado Hall of Fame.  The student organization began in 2015 and has been growing steadily every year since.  This year, the UNC club was recognized as the first ever collegiate chapter to be named a Unified Championship School.

University of Northern Colorado: Colorado Association of Science Teachers Awards
Three University of Northern Colorado faculty members received awards from the Colorado Association of Science Teachers.  Rob Reinsvold, Ph.D and Lori Reinsvold, Ph.D. both received the Distinguished Service Award for their work to create the Colorado Center for Rural Education, various collaborative programs between UNC and the Colorado School of Mines, and working with the school district STEM program.  UNC adjunct professor Neva Nardone received the Elementary Science Teaching Award.

Weld Food Bank 5th Top Food Bank in America
FoodBankLogo_141_275wCongratulations to the Weld Food Bank for being ranked 5th by 24/7 Wall Street on their Top 40 Food Banks in America list.  Ratings were based on how each food bank scored in the areas of accountability, transparency, and financial health, as well as the percentage of each donated dollar that goes towards programs and services.

School District 6: Thriving School Honor Award
Madison Elementary physical education instructor, Meagan Reliford, has been selected as a Kaiser Permanente Thriving School Honor Award winner. The awards program recognizes individuals who are dedicated to building a healthier future for students and staff.  She was selected for 1 of only 19 Thriving School Honor Roll awards across the nation.

North Colorado Medical Center: Primary Stroke Center
North Colorado Medical Center has been named a Primary Stroke Center by the Joint Commission, a national nonprofit that certifies nearly 21,000 health care organizations and programs.

University of Northern Colorado: Active Schools Institute
The University of Northern Colorado Active Schools Institute has been awarded more than $500,000 in grant funding for 2018-2020.  The money will go toward programs for physical education teachers and community engagement programs designed to improve children’s health, like the Bear Physical Activity Week camp.

State Commission and Council Appointments
Congratulations to Kathryn Margaret Heffron and Michael T. Trotter for their State appointments by Governor John Hickenlooper.  Kathryn will serve on the 19th Judicial District’s nominating commission.  Michael will serve on the Workforce Development Council, which is responsible for advising the governor on employment and training needs of the state, as well as workforce development plans and strategy.

University Schools: State Cheer Championships – Class 3A Pom
Here’s another reason to cheer…the University Bulldogs Poms team captured the 2018 CHSAA Class 3A Pom State title.  This is University’s 3rd title in school history and a repeat of the title it won in 2016.

Greeley Grizwalds: ABC’s “The Great Christmas Light Fight”
Congratulations to the Medhurst Family, also known as the “Greeley Grizwalds”, for their selection to be featured on ABC’s “The Great Christmas Light Fight”.  The contest showcases the wildest and most spectacular Christmas displays in America and ends with one home winning the coveted Light Fight trophy and a $50,000 prize.

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