The Diamond Awards

Named in honor of the ECFRPC’s 60th anniversary, the East Central Florida Regional Planning Council is proud to announce the Diamond Awards to showcase the region’s best urban planning projects and efforts.

The Diamond Awards will help inform decision-makers and other professionals about the best practices across the region. 

Attendees at the awards ceremony will have the opportunity to learn from these groundbreaking projects through a panel discussion with leaders from each of the projects. A sponsor showcase will also allow for networking with many of the region's premier urban design and development contractors. 

The inaugural Diamond Awards will take place on the morning of January 18, 2023, at the Lake Mary Events Center. 

The competition is open to individual, private, and public sector projects, plans, and programs. A vital part of the awards is the panel discussion that will take place at the awards ceremony. To be eligible for consideration, a project must commit to having a representative attend the event on January 18, 2023. All award winners will be provided with two complimentary tickets.

The awards celebrate partners that are implementing innovative, healthy, sustainable, equitable and resilient projects throughout the 8 county region that make east central Florida an amazing place to live, work, learn, and play.

The application window for the inaugural Diamond Awards is now closed. Sponsorship opportunities are still available. 

Award Categories

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Conservation & Countryside

Environmental Preservation, Rural Projects, Agriculture, Food Systems

  • Reduce vehicle miles traveled

  • Enhance or secure food systems

  • The project helps to ensure rural areas are preserved

  • Protect or restore critical habitats and ecologically sensitive lands

  • The project provides new or novel ways of engaging with the region’s rural offerings Non-built environment projects that reduce the carbon footprint

  • Improve water quality of natural water systems

  • Promote conservation of scarce water resources or contribute to a sustainable water supply for our region.

  • Promote environmental stewardship, outdoor youth education, and community engagement in our region’s natural places

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Innovative Places

Built Environment, Placemaking, Community Planning

  • Unique placemaking projects or initiatives

  • The project is paramount for the region bringing new live-work-play balance options to the region

  • The project is an anchor for new investments of a regional significance T

  • Innovative infrastructure projects that deliver multiple public benefits

  • Demonstrate best industry practices, and promote compact development or redevelopment in existing urban areas

  •  Built projects that reduce risks and vulnerabilities

  • Improve access to products and services throughout the region and connectivity between housing and employers

  • Promote multi-modal transportation 

  • Ensure streets are safe for people of all ages and abilities, balance the needs of different modes of transportation, and support local land uses, economies, cultures, and natural environments

Health &


Equity, Demographics, Health, Cross-Generational Lifestyle Improvements

  • Further improves equity within the region

  • Enhances health assets within its community 

  • Demonstrates novel ways of engaging with demographic data in ways that assist local community leaders in better understanding their constituents 

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Regional Prosperity

Economic Development, Cross-Generational Wealth Building, Community Reinvigoration 

  • Large scale project that enhances the region’s job offerings

  • Project improves or introduces new career placement programs and offerings

  • Project engages with regional workforce data in innovative, precedent-setting ways 

  • Project engages with economic data to harness new and beneficial insights for the community 

The Brilliance Award of Regional Innovation

A regionally significant program, person, or organization

This highest honor award is presented to an individual, program, or organization that exemplifies the spirit of regional cooperation, dedication to their community, and notable achievement in encouraging future vision

Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsors can celebrate and show their support of best practices across the region via three distinct sponsorship levels. At the awards ceremony, a small sponsor showcase hall will be available for guests to enjoy. This networking opportunity is designed to encourage conversations spurred on by the winning projects and allow for actionable next steps to take place. Ruby level sponsors will have a full reserved table at the event. 




  • Slide on intro slide deck

  • Logo on printed materials

  • Provide an item for the grab bag

  • Two tickets

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  • Amethyst level benefits (except for tickets)

  • A table display in the sponsorship showcase hall

  • Four tickets

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  • Sapphire level benefits (except for tickets)

  • Exclusive reserved seating for eight at a table in prime location within the awards ceremony (includes eight tickets)

  • Quarter page ad in event program

  • Limit of only four sponsors at this level

The sponsorship Applications window has been extended


Q1 - With the extension of the Diamond Awards deadline, does that also extend the completion date of the project to be eligible?  For example, we are adopting the Transportation Resiliency Master Plan tomorrow, would it be eligible this year or should we wait until next year?

  •  No, the deadline remains the same but as long as the project was adopted or worked on in the 5-year timeframe (Oct 2017 – Sept 2022) it is eligible to be entered in this year’s inaugural Diamond Awards. In this example, the project would be eligible since it was developed during the five-year time frame for the awards.

Q2 - Can a private company submit an application? 

  • Yes, the awards are open to all entities doing work within the eight-county East Central Florida region.