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: August 2021

Greeley signGreeley Ranked #1 in Colorado Fastest Growing City
The Greeley metro area has been ranked as the fastest growing “city” in Colorado by 24/7 Wall Street with a population growth of 32.1% from 2010-2020.  For comparison, the population of Colorado grew by 15.5%, and the U.S. population increased by 6.7%. To determine the fastest growing city, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed population data from the U.S. Census Bureau's Population and Housing Estimates Program.

African American Civil Right Grant: Dearfield Dream Project
The University of Northern Colorado has been awarded more than $497,000 by the National Park Service’s African American Civil Right Grants Program to go towards the Dearfield Dream Project. The project is a collaborative research effort to learn more about Dearfield, formerly located east of Greeley and a pre-eminent Black agricultural community established in 1910. Funding will go towards exterior rehabilitation and stabilization of two buildings on the property, the Jackson House and the filling station.

Northridge High School STEM: Sanford I. Weill Award for Excellence

Northridge High School’s STEM Academy is one of two academies in the U.S. to win a Sanford I. Weill Award for Excellence by the National Academy Foundation. The annual award recognizes a select number of NAF academies exhibiting the highest standards for public-private partnerships for the benefit of students. 

University of Northern Colorado: CoSIDA Academic All-America First TeamCongratulations to Lisa Hudson for being selected as the Colorado Small Business Development Center Network State Star. Her hard work has made the East Colorado Small Business Development Center, located within the UNC Monfort College of Business, one of the top locations in the state. The East Colorado SBDC offers no-cost business consulting and training for existing and emerging businesses.

School District 6: Teachers of the Year
Two Greeley-Evans School District 6 teachers have been recognized for their work by the Colorado Association for Career and Technical Education. Chelsea Bernard from Northridge High School was named the Career and Technical Education New Teacher of the Year. Lauren Appelhans from Greeley Central was named the Career and Technical Education Teacher of the Year. 

Experimental Aircraft Association: $10,000 Scholarship
William B. Ramirez has been awarded a $10,000 James Ray aviation scholarship by the Experimental Aircraft Association through the Greeley Chapter 1117. Ramirez will be training at the Blue Sky Flyers Club based at the Greeley/Weld County Airport. The scholarship supports students, like William, through written and practical segments of flight training as part of FAA pilot certification.

Weld Rugby: Division II State Champions
Weld Rugby, part of USA Rugby and Rugby Colorado, won the Division II state championship in its first year with a high school program. Weld Rugby, based in Greeley, is one of 20 high school boys teams across the state that play for Rugby Colorado. 

FEI Vaulting World Championships U.S. Squad Takes Silver
Congratulations to University School junior Rhianon Hampton for winning a silver medal at the FEI Vaulting World Championships in the team equestrian vaulting category representing the United States. Equestrian vaulting has been described as gymnastics on horseback. All vaulting routines, in team, individual and freestyle, are performed on the back of a cantering horse traveling in a circle and attached to a lunge line.


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