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Governor's Honor Award Categories
 
 
Awards will be offered in the following 11 categories:

Enhancing the Prosperity and Quality of Life in Rural Virginia. This category recognizes exceptional contributions in support of the Governor’s plan to build a stronger Virginia.   

Diversification of Energy Sources. This category recognizes exceptional contributions in support of the Governor’s plan to build a stronger Virginia.

Ensuring Access to Skilled Workers through Workforce Development Programs. This category recognizes exceptional contributions in support of the Governor’s plan to build a stronger Virginia.

Administration Excellence. This category recognizes exceptional contributions in support of the Governor’s plan of building a stronger Virginia. Contribution(s) should specify the impact on such things as increasing efficiencies and alignment, transforming the culture of the Commonwealth of Virginia, significantly reducing overhead costs, implementing strategic process improvement, and/or the furtherance of the Governor’s plan to build a stronger Virginia and its related objectives.

Personal and Professional Excellence. This category recognizes individuals and teams who have demonstrated an exceptional level of accomplishment in furthering the mission of the Commonwealth of Virginia in areas that are not specifically included in the first four categories. It includes notable achievements in such program areas as scientific research, economic analysis or any other mission-related activity of the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Support Service. This category recognizes employees who demonstrate an exceptional level of accomplishment in providing administrative support. This category includes employees in administrative and clerical occupations, usually pay band 4 or equivalent and below, whose dedication and contributions enhance administrative excellence. Achievements include, but are not limited to, such things as system benefits, increased productivity, cost savings and improved procedures or techniques.

Diversity, Inclusion and Outreach. This category recognizes employees who demonstrate exceptional commitment to the value of diversity, inclusion and outreach in the Commonwealth of Virginia, and the furtherance of the Governor’s plan to build a stronger Virginia. The category includes demonstrating significant progress in the workforce demographics of an agency and to enhancing access to Commonwealth of Virginia services for the communities we serve.

Creative Customer Service. This category recognizes outstanding contributions in support of the Governor’s plan of building a stronger Virginia, as well as individuals and teams who have otherwise demonstrated an exceptional level of accomplishment and innovation in serving their customers.

Heroism. This category recognizes employees who voluntarily risk his/her life in the line of duty. This category also recognizes employees who demonstrate exceptional heroism by exhibiting outstanding judgment or courage in an emergency, or displaying meritorious action to prevent injury, loss of life or preventing damage to or loss of property in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Public Service. This category recognizes employees who have made outstanding contributions by participating in or implementing community and public service projects (such as volunteering with various non-profit organizations) that have made a beneficial and sustainable effect on the quality of community life for citizens in the Commonwealth.

Public-Private Partnership. This category recognizes the exceptional contributions of the Commonwealth of Virginia’s (COVA) external partners, particularly in terms of how the contributions enhance innovation, productivity and efficiency in the COVA’s program delivery, and leverage state funding to the benefit of the COVA’s customers, the external partner and the agency. This category should be used for all public-private partnership programs (e.g., Federal, state, local and non-governmental entity) that have been fully operational for at least two years.

If someone you know deserves a nomination in any of these categories, please take a moment to discuss the opportunity with your supervisor!