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City program wins Best of State award

Jun 19, 2017 11:18AM ● By Cassie Goff

Best of State recognition for Cottonwood Heights City Economic Development team. (Cottonwood Heights Business Association)

By Cassie Goff |  [email protected]

The Best of State Premiere Recognition and Awards Program announced their 2017 winners in June. The Cottonwood Heights Economic and Business Development program won the Best Economic Development Management in State award for their community involvement.

“The Best of State Awards were created to recognize outstanding individuals, organizations and businesses in Utah,” states the Best of State Awards.

For an organization, individual or business to win one of the many awards, they must meet three criteria. They must show that they have excelled in their endeavors, used innovative approaches or methods for such endeavors and contributed to a better quality of life for residents of Utah.

Many different artifacts can be used for evidence of meeting the criteria. Evidence may come from peers, development of products, growth of individual enterprise, other earned awards, community service, charitable contributions, environmentally sound practices, employment opportunities, beautification, education or cultural contributions.

Over 100 judges review the nominations individually. These judges are carefully selected from the recommendations of the Utah Chamber of Commerce, Industry Association or Mayor’s Office. The judges are encouraged to not rank nominations against one another. However, they rate each nomination numerically based on a 100-point system. The highest ranking nomination wins for the respective category.

On May 17, the community and economic development department for Cottonwood Heights was recognized for winning the Best of State Award during the annual awards gala.

Business Development and Licensing Specialist Peri Kinder and Community and Economic Development Director Brian Berndt accepted the award. As part of their recognition, they were praised for making Cottonwood Heights into a business-friendly city. Over the past two years, Kinder has been working hard with her team to create and perfect the Cottonwood Heights Business Association (CHBA).

Mayor Kelvyn Cullimore, City Manager John Park, Councilman Mike Peterson, Assistant Manager Bryce Haderlie and Human Resource Manager Paula Melgar attended the gala to support their fellow city staff members.

To learn more about the Best of State Awards, visit

To learn more about the CHBA, visit