New Baldrige Award Category – Community

Congress Adds “Community” as the 7th Category of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Awards

Baldrige – America’s Best Investment

Communities of Excellence 2026

Awards are given across six categories: manufacturing, service, small business, education, healthcare and non-profit.

In addition, the categories are organized into seven criteria: Leadership; Strategic planning; Customer focus; Measurement, analysis and knowledge management; Workforce Focus; Operations Focus; Results

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