The Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments strives to represent one theme, Communities Working Together. PPACG recognizes an individual in the region that has demonstrated leadership and an outstanding ability to work across jurisdictional boundaries to improve our region with the Communities Working Together Award.

This award was inspired by former PPACG Board member and former Woodland Park Mayor Neil Levy, who passed away in August 2020. The award highlights leaders who exemplify some of the qualities that Neil exhibited, like listening to all sides, working toward a consensus and always extending a hand to grow the entire region.

The Communities Working Together Award is given at the final meeting of the PPACG Board of Directors in December of each year.


  • Any individual in the region (elected or non-elected official) is eligible to be nominated.
  • The individual must exemplify working across jurisdictional boundaries to improve and strengthen the region, particularly in the key areas of focus under the PPACG mission.
  • The individual exhibits the qualities the Board embraces in its collaborative process at PPACG: selflessness, compassion, integrity, commitment to improving the community, listening to all sides of an issue, trying to reach consensus.

Nomination and Approval Process:

  • An application form will be prepared, which will be filled out by the person(s) making the nomination for that individual, with reasons and examples provided to support the application.
  • Applications will be accepted from November 1-20.
  • A review committee made up of PPACG Board Members will review the applications and make a selection.
  • During the December Board meeting, the recipient will be announced and recognized during the meeting.

For questions regarding the award or nomination process please email or call (719) 471-7080 x139.

Previous honorees

2021: Dick Elsner, commissioner of Park County

2020: Norm Steen, former commissioner of Teller County