Chapel Hill 2020 co-chairs win honors

Apr. 17, 2013 @ 11:18 PM

George Cianciolo and Rosemary Waldorf were recently honored with the Key Volunteer Award and the Governor’s Service Award for their work in leading the town’s effort to update its comprehensive plan.
Cianciolo and Waldorf co-chaired the nearly year-long Chapel Hill 2020 visioning process that was marked by unprecedented community participation.
The two were nominated for the awards by the Town of Chapel Hill.
“George and Rosemary are truly deserving of these awards,” said Mayor Mark Kleinschmidt. “Their commitment and leadership played a major role in Chapel Hill 2020’s success, and it is wonderful to see their service recognized.”  
Waldorf is project manager for Bryan Properties and a former mayor of Chapel Hill, and Cianciolo is a Duke University associate professor of pathology and former chairman of the Town’s Planning Board.
On Tuesday, Cianciolo and Waldorf will visit the Governor’s Executive Mansion to receive a 2013 Governor’s Medallion Award, one of only five in the state.
Cianciolo said in an interview last week that the awards were won by the entire community.
“It’s nice to get an award, but it’s one ideally shared by all who participated in the process,” Cianciolo said.
Chapel Hill 2020 remains a work in progress, with the town still developing several small area plans.
“It’s still moving forward,” Cianciolo said. “There are still bugs to be worked out. This is government in progress, democracy. No one ever said it was going to be easy. Chapel Hill 2020 has gotten people to believe that if they participate, someone will listen.”
The Chapel Hill 2020 vision process took place from June 2011 to June 2012.
Waldorf and Cianciolo attended several dozen community meetings with the goal of involving 10,000 people in the process. They addressed civic clubs, business groups and PTA audiences.
In addition, the two penned opinion pieces for local newspapers and took calls to answer media questions about the process.
Key Volunteer Awards honor Triangle-area volunteers who work with and are nominated by local governments and nonprofits.
The nominees with the top five scores from each county receive the North Carolina Governor's Volunteer Service Award. Finally, the governor selects five North Carolina Governor’s Volunteer Service Award winners to receive a Medallion Volunteer Award.
In addition to the awards won last week, Chapel Hill 2020 has earned recognition for excellence in public communications and outreach from the NC City & County Communicators Association (NC3C), winning a first-place award in the Community Visioning category.
It was also featured in the March 2013 issue of PM Magazine in a story titled “Hard Work That Pays Off.”