Tom and T. Cooper James Government Improvement Awards

The Tom and T. Cooper James Government Improvement Awards recognize City of Greensboro employees who have devised innovative and impactful solutions that improved City’s services or productivity. The awards are sponsored by local commercial real estate developers.

Winning projects will be awarded up to $2,500 in two categories:

  • Impact – had the greatest or most significant influence on the City organization or the greater Greensboro community
  • Innovation – exhibited the most creative approach to providing or improving a service or addressing a City or community problem. 

Productivity improvements include those that provided the same level of service at a lower cost, provided a higher level of service at the same cost, avoided future costs, or improved sustainability of projects and practices.


To be considered for the current year's awards, a project or solution must have been implemented during the previous fiscal year.

Any full- or part-time employee or a group of employees may nominate a project for an award. Management level staff, including division managers, City Council members, and Budget and Evaluation Department staff are not eligible to receive the awards.

How to Apply

To nominate a project, download this submission form and fill it out. E-mail the completed form to or deliver it to 300 W. Washington St., Suite 220.

The deadline for nominations is November 30. Winners will be announced in January.

More Info

Learn how to apply at one of these informational meeting at the Plaza Level Conference Room in the Melvin Municipal Office Building:

  • 2-3 pm, Friday, October 11
  • 10-11 am, Monday, November 4

Read the Improvement Awards policy to see what kinds of projects are eligible and learn more about the judging process.


Contact Tracy Nash at 336-373-7678.