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SDAO Awards Program

The Special Districts Association of Oregon’s Awards Program gives recognition to member districts for accomplishments which allow them to provide better service to the public and honors individuals who have greatly contributed to the success of their organization. These awards celebrate the ingenuity, creativity, and diversity of our members. Within this program are two special recognition awards; the Outstanding Special District Program award, and the Outstanding Special District Service award. Winning either award is the highest level of professional acknowledgment within the realm of local government today.

Awards Program FAQ


How do I submit an application?
Submit the nomination form found on this page or download the form and submit by mail, fax, or email. Downloadable nomination forms coming soon!


SDAO | PO Box 12613 | Salem, OR 97309 
Fax: 503-371-4781
Email: (redacted)


How are entries judged? 
Applications will be reviewed by the awards committee members using standard evaluation features such as: impact for other districts, positive results, special purpose, increased safety, cost savings, improved quality of service, innovation, and community need.


What happens if the person I nominate wins? 
Winners may accept the award in person at the SDAO Annual Conference Awards Banquet on Saturday, February 6th in Sunriver. Recipients who are unable to attend the conference may have someone accept the award on their behalf, or may request to have their award mailed to them.


Who do I contact if I have questions?
If you have any questions, please contact Jennifer Quisenberry.