2010 Florida Municipal Achievement Award Winners

08/11/2010

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2010 Florida Municipal Achievement Award Winners Announced

August 2, 2010 Contact: Sharon G. Berrian
(850) 222-9684

TALLAHASSEE – The Florida League of Cities will honor the cities of Palm Coast, Sunrise and Hollywood, award winners in the second annual Florida Municipal Achievement Awards Program. The Florida Municipal Achievement Awards Program is designed to recognize innovations and excellence in municipal government. It provides municipalities with an opportunity to receive recognition for superior and innovative efforts in three award categories: City Spirit, Citizenship and Environmental Stewardship.

The winners will be honored for their unparalleled commitment to public service in August during the League’s annual educational conference at the Westin Diplomat in Hollywood. Each of the winner’s programs will be featured in a best-practices workshop that will be held at the conference. In addition, the cities will receive a “MUNI” award, be spotlighted in the special “best-practices” publication, and will be featured in the League’s award-winning publication, Quality Cities, and on the League’s Web site and FaceBook page.

“The winners in these categories provide exemplary service for their cities and we are honored to recognize them for their outstanding achievements,” said John Marks, Florida League of Cities president and Tallahassee mayor. “It is a privilege to salute such outstanding cities and public servants with the heralded Florida Municipal Achievement Award.” The following provides additional information about the winning entries:

Florida City Spirit Award:

City of Palm Coast – Our Dynamic Decade

The City of Palm Coast commemorated its 10th year of incorporation in December 2009, culminating many months of planning an event to celebrate its anniversary. The goal of “Our Dynamic Decade” was to lift spirits and show support for residents, local businesses, community organizations, schools and neighborhoods. The event was held December 12, 2009, and included “green” gifts, music, entertainment, an antique car show, photos with Santa, activities for children, golf and tennis demonstrations, door prizes and food. More than 200 businesses and organizations, including the Palm Coast Fire Department, Flagler County Sheriff, Palm Coast Historical Society, Flagler County Rotary/Fantasy Lights, Flagler County Government, Florida Agriculture Museum and Flagler Humane Society, had informational booths on site. There was also a parade with floats and marching bands representing a wide variety of local organizations. “Our Dynamic Decade” not only gave something special to residents, but also gave to charitable community organizations. The celebration will always be remembered in Palm Coast as a symbol to all who value friendship, cultural diversity, loyalty, the environment and everything that has come to make the city so special.

Florida Citizenship Award:

City of Sunrise – Sunrise Leadership Academy

The City of Sunrise – once known as a “retirement haven”– has embraced its changing demographic, which is shaped by younger families attracted to Sunrise’s affordable homes and quality amenities. The city created youth programs including holiday events, craft workshops, dance classes, summer camps and sports leagues. Going a step further, city staff created a curriculum for the Sunrise Leadership Academy. School faculty members selected 18 exceptional students to participate in the program for the 2009-10 school year. Once the schools chose their representatives, city staff held on-campus orientations and provided a program syllabus, release form, code of conduct and polo shirt. There were five sessions in 2009 covering city history, the city’s budget process, community development, utilities, resource conservation, leisure services, programs for special populations, event planning, public safety, DUI awareness, ethics, government, leadership and volunteerism. The program created partnership opportunities among schools, the city, nonprofit organizations and the private sector. Academy participants received civics education, leadership training and access to a network of skilled professionals.

Florida Environmental Stewardship Award:        

City of Hollywood – “Hollywood Goes Green”

The City of Hollywood has adopted the concept of “thinking globally and acting locally.” The city’s environmental program started small with recycling bins, efficient light bulbs and thermostat adjustments. Over time, the city expanded its vision. Hollywood has continued its quest for a sustainable community and has now adopted more than 200 “green” strategies. Hollywood’s comprehensive environmental program, Global Hollywood, is a group of 1,400 city employees and 140,000 residents. City policy now requires departments to consider environmental impacts in their daily practices and long-term planning. All departments performed energy audits and increased hybrid and alternative fuel vehicles in the city fleet. The city also has a paperless online bill pay and electronic drafts program, and employees print double sided and use narrower margins to minimize paper use, as well as use recycled paper and recycle toner cartridges and batteries. Employees receive a weekly “green tips” e-newsletter; there is a "cash for trash" neighborhood cleanup program and more than 3,000 gallons of recycled paint is distributed to residents at no cost each year. The City Commission has appointed a citizens’ group called the “Green Team” that partners with Global Hollywood to accomplish set goals. This flexible, innovative oversight program provides a structure for identifying and monitoring results. 

The awards program was open to city, town or village governments that are members of the Florida League of Cities. Interested cities could submit one nomination in each of the three categories (City Spirit, Florida Citizenship and Environmental Stewardship) for a total of three nominations per city.

Requirements also included a complete narrative essay and supportive information for the specific category—such as newspaper clippings, photos, letters from constituents and a letter of recommendation from the mayor and city council. In each category, the narrative and supportive materials had to meet certain criteria, such as how was the project innovative, effective, successful and adaptable.

Founded in 1922, the Florida League of Cities is the united voice of the state’s 410 municipalities. Its goals are to promote local self-government and serve the needs of Florida’s municipal governments. The League is founded on the belief that local self-government is the keystone of American democracy. The League is the premier provider of many products and services developed especially for Florida’s cities, so they can effectively serve Florida’s citizens.

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