Tallahassee, Florida (Press Release) --
The City of Tallahassee is one of the top 40 Cities in the World, as determined by The International Awards for Livable Communities (The LivCom Awards). The City was recently named a finalist for this prestigious, international award, and community representatives are invited to participate in the 2010 LivCom finals from November 4-8, in Chicago.
“We are proud of being an ‘All America City’ and having some of the best parks in America,” said Mayor John Marks. “Now, to be a finalist for international recognition for our environmental practices and being a livable community is another major accolade for the citizens of Tallahassee. This recognition reflects the hard work and dedication of our entire community.”
In June, City staff and a community representative from the Council on Culture and Arts collaborated to prepare and submit a nomination on the City’s behalf to LivCom. The City of Tallahassee is one of three finalists from the United States in Category D (population of 150,001 to 400,000) for the Whole City Awards Section of the 2010 LivCom Awards. The other two finalists from the United States for this population category are the cities of Miami Beach, Florida, and Riverside, California.
Approximately 40 local governments from around the world have been invited to participate in the finals in the host city of Chicago. In prior years, the competition was held in various cities around the world. Last year’s competition was held in the City of Pislen, in Czech Republic.
The LivCom Awards is the world’s only competition for local communities that focuses on environmental management and the creation of livable communities. It is managed by Nations in Bloom Limited, headquartered in Reading, England. The awards program is non-political, embraces all nations and cultures, and is endorsed by the United Nations Environment Program. The aim of The LivCom Awards is to encourage best practices, innovation and leadership in providing vibrant, environmentally sustainable communities that improve the quality of life for people worldwide.
The LivCom competition looks not only at how environmental programs operate but also how the city seeks to involve its citizens in the civic life of the city.
“The competition is an excellent opportunity for the City to promote itself internationally as a sustainable community and to join other finalists from the United States and around the world,” said Cynthia Barber, director of the City’s Department of Environmental Policy and Energy Resources.
The areas highlighted in the competition are enhancement of the natural and built landscapes; arts, culture and heritage; environmental best practices; community participation and empowerment; healthy lifestyle; and strategic planning.
Peggy Brady, executive director for the Council on Culture and Arts, also commented on the City’s selection for the finals. “Making it to the finals in this competition is a tremendous recognition for our community and shows the value we place on our environment as well as our history, arts and culture.”
Involvement in The LivCom Awards 2010 will profile the City of Tallahassee to a global audience and offers the chance to network with other countries to exchange information and experiences. City staff will also have the opportunity to learn from their counterparts in European and Asian countries participating in the finals.
The City will be inviting various community organizations, educational institutions and local businesses to send a representative to the finals to help make up the Tallahassee delegation. In addition, the City is inviting community residents who would like to be a part of the City’s delegation to contact the City at 891-2476 for additional information about the finals. Due to limited funding, community sponsorships will be sought to help cover the City’s participation in the LivCom Awards.