The Council of Neighborhood Associations (CONA), Leon County and the City of Tallahassee launched their annual Neighborhood Recognition Program Thursday morning at Z. Bardhi’s Italian Cuisine restaurant, a member of the Killearn Lakes Plantation Homeowner’s Association – a 2010 Leon County Neighborhood of the Year winner.
CONA President Christic Henry, Leon County Board of County Commissioners Vice-Chairman Akin Akinyemi and City of Tallahassee Mayor John Marks spoke at the joint kick-off news conference for the awards program, which honors the accomplishments and successes of great neighborhoods.
“The Board of County Commissioners realizes strong and united neighborhoods are the foundation of our community,” said Commissioner Akinyemi. “We recognize that a neighborhood is known, not by a point on a map, but by its outstanding residents. There are many Leon County residents who care deeply about this community and continuously work to improve their neighborhoods, and the Neighborhood Recognition Program is our way of honoring those citizens who are dedicated to making Leon County a better place for us all.”
The County will recognize an outstanding Small Neighborhood (200 or fewer homes), a Large Neighborhood (more than 200 homes) and an Unincorporated Area Neighborhood of the Year (outside the City limits). The City will recognize an outstanding Small Neighborhood (200 or fewer homes) and a Large Neighborhood (more than 200 homes). Winning neighborhoods will receive a sign to display at their entrance and bragging rights as 2011 Neighborhood of the Year.
“Tallahassee is certainly well known for having many positive attributes, but perhaps none more than our long-standing beautiful and viable neighborhoods,” said Mayor Marks. “I’m proud of the City of Tallahassee’s ongoing participation in the Neighborhood Recognition Program, as it reflects our commitment in working with Leon County and CONA to ensure our neighborhoods remain the vital lifeblood of our community.”
The County and City are also accepting nominations for their respective 2011 Neighbor of the Year. These individuals must have exemplified the characteristics of leadership and servitude in making contributions to his or her community.
Winners of the Neighborhood of the Year and Neighbor of the Year awards will be announced on Monday, May 9, 2011, at CONA’s 31st Annual Meeting & Awards Reception, where CONA will also present its annual Public Servant of the Year Award and a new award for 2011, the Business Neighbor of the Year Award.
“As organized fronts, neighborhoods are creating their own libraries, donating to shelters, planting trees and supporting local businesses; they are doing the work of community and are thriving despite difficult economic times,” said CONA President Christic Henry. “This awards cycle is our opportunity to honor and showcase the amazing things neighborhoods are doing everyday to make our community a wonderful place to call home. We are glad to partner with the City of Tallahassee and the Leon County Board of County Commissioners in this effort and encourage every neighborhood to take the time to apply."
Applications and nomination forms are available online at www.LeonCountyFL.gov for the County, at www.Talgov.com for the City and at www.econa.org for CONA. For more information, please contact the Leon County Public Information Office at (850) 606-5300 or City Neighborhood Services at (850) 891-3846.