Awards Won By Bloomington
– 2013 Arts Destination Marketing Award
- Established by Americans for the Arts and Destination Marketing Association International, this national award recognized the tremendous growth the Bloomington area has realized in recent years from visitors coming here to experience arts and cultural events. Visit Bloomington and BEAD work with area artists and art-related events and attractions to promote them to visitors. According to an Americans for the Arts study, the arts create 3,450 local jobs and $72.3 million is spent annually on arts and entertainment in the Bloomington area.
– National Blue Ribbon School
- Laura G. Childs Elementary School of the Monroe County School Corporation has been recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Secretary of Education. Childs Elementary was one of 286 schools in the 2013 cohort awarded based on overall academic excellence or progress in improving student academic achievement. The award recognizes both public and private elementary, middle and high schools.
– Forbes’ Best Small Places for Business
- In the 15th annual Forbes’ ranking of the Best Places for Business and Careers, Bloomington ranked number 22 out of 200 of the largest metropolitan statistical areas in the U.S. Metrics considered in the methodology include job growth, costs, income growth, educational attainment, and projected economic growth through 2014. This year, Forbes added high school attainment and dropping crime rates in the methodology, noting the importance of quality of life.
– Top 25 Best Public Colleges
- Indiana University Bloomington is among the nation’s top 25 best public colleges and universities, according to new rankings from Forbes. IU Bloomington ranks 22nd among public colleges and universities in Forbes’ Top Colleges rankings. Overall, the university ranked 97th out of 650 schools, joining the top 100 for the first time since Forbes began its college rankings in 2008 and moving up 47 spots from its 2012 ranking of 144.
– Top 10 of Best Hospitals
- IU Health-Bloomington has been named in the top 10 of Best Hospitals by the U.S. News and World Report 2013-2014. IU Health-Bloomington earned the 9th spot on the list of top hospitals in the state. IU Health was also acknowledged for its eleven nationally-ranked adult specialties.
– Tree City USA
- Communities achieve Tree City USA status by meeting four core standardsof sound urban forestry management: maintaining a tree board or department, having a community tree ordinance, spending at least $2 per capita on urban forestry and celebrating Arbor Day
– Bicycle Friendly Community
- Each year, the League assesses all 50 states. Communities, businesses, and universities are assessed through a voluntary application process. All applicants get customized feedback on their application and access to technical assistance. And if you’re not quite there yet, we’re here to help League. And once you’ve made the ranks of a Bicycle Friendly Community℠, Bicycle Friendly Business℠ or Bicycle Friendly University℠, the BFA program helps you get to the next level.
– Walk Friendly Award
- The City of Bloomington is now a Bronze Walk Friendly Community, an award given by The Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center for its walkability initiatives and programs. A walk-friendly community, according to the program, represents a town or city improving pedestrian safety and walkability through programming, planning, and policies. Bloomington is one of eight communities recognized in the latest round of the program, and the first community to receive the designation in Indiana.