Every day, Colorado’s citizens and organizations make extraordinary efforts to strengthen our communities, provide opportunity to fellow Coloradans, and move our state forward. To honor their work and to inspire future generations to serve the interests of the state, Governor John Hickenlooper, in partnership with all living Colorado Governors, created the Colorado Governor’s Citizenship Medal (CGCM). The CGCM recognizes individuals and organizations from diverse sectors that make enduring impacts on the strength and vitality of the State of Colorado. In 2019, Governor Jared Polis will award his inaugural Citizenship Medals to leaders in Colorado. Awardees will be honored in an exhibit in the History Colorado Center. 



Vanguard Legacy Medal

This award is given to a business leader who has made transformational contributions to the community throughout his or her career.

Emerging Community Leader Medal

This award recognizes a high school community leader who has demonstrated excellence and made a positive impact on the community.

Growth & Innovation Award

This award is given to an entrepreneur or business leader who has led with exceptional ingenuity and growth while inspiring and creating new possibilities for others.

Public & Community Service Award

This award is given to a government or community leader who serves the public with innovation, operational excellence and progressive vision.

Corporate Citizenship Award

This award recognizes a Colorado based company that has made a significant positive impact in the community.

Colorado Mountain Leader Award

At the discretion of the sitting Governor, the Colorado Mountain Leader is awarded in memoriam to a community leader or enduring organization that has provided an innovative impact on the state of Colorado while providing a role model for the nation.