Awards and Recognitions


Bedford Earns Gold in Prominent Scenic City Certification

Bedford was named a Gold Award recipient through the Scenic City Certification Program, which currently recognizes 91 Texas cities for their demonstrated commitment to high-quality scenic standards for public roadways and spaces.

The City was presented with its gold-level certification during the Texas Municipal League annual conference in San Antonio. The Scenic City certification is not new to Bedford, as the City was previously awarded the bronze level certification in 2017. Bedford was one of five cities to rise in the rankings in 2022. Learn more about Scenic Texas.

Bedford Council Members Rich Steves and Rob Gagliardi accepting the Scenic City Designation

National Association of Telecommunicators Officers & Advisors

Bedford's Communications Division won two awards for City-produced videos at the annual Texas Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (TATOA) conference in McAllen. These are the first video production awards won by the City.

The City brought home: 

photo of two trophies lined up on the fountain at Bedford City Hall

Purple Heart City

In February 2022, Bedford was recognized as a Purple Heart City, for the City's continued support of the men and women in our Armed Forces who have selflessly served our country. Bedford is proud to honor our Purple Heart recipients and acknowledges their acts of courage and resilience to defend our freedom. Learn more about the Purple Heart designation.

photo of City Council members and veterans holding signs designating Bedford as a Purple Heart City


Achievement of Library Excellence Award

For the 10th consecutive year, the Bedford Public Library received the Achievement of Library Excellence Award from the Texas Municipal Library Directors Association. Out of nearly 570 public libraries in Texas, only 59 received this award, based on a variety of services, programming, and staff development that occurred in 2021.

Library staff posing in front of the Library with the Achievement of Library Excellence Award

Distinguished Budget Presentation Award

For the 25th consecutive year, the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) presented the City with its Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for the City’s 2020-2021 Fiscal Year budget.

In order to receive this award, the City had to satisfy nationally-recognized guidelines for an effective budget presentation. These guidelines were designed to determine how well the City’s budget served as a policy document, operations guide, financial plan, and communications tool. With more than 19,500 municipalities in the United States, only 1,158 received this budget award last year, including Bedford. Learn more about the City budget.

City staff and Council posing at the dais with the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award