Excitement is building as the 2010 LivCom Awards begin Thursday (11-4-2010) in Chicago. The International Awards for Liveable Communities (LivCom) focus on cities engaged in best practices regarding environmental sustainability and community involvement. Tallahassee is one of more than 40 cities from around the world competing for top honors. The conference takes place today through Monday, Nov. 8, with winners announced Monday night. A delegation of individuals from local businesses, community and non-profit agencies, and local governments will be representing the Tallahassee region.
“We are competing against communities from around the world for an honor that says you are truly the best of the best,” said Mayor John Marks. “We believe the Tallahassee region stands out among the competition as a liveable community because our citizens and leaders were committed to protecting the environment and addressing sustainability issues long before they became commonplace. From canopy roads and tree protection, to Smart Grid technologies and citizen involvement, to outstanding health care and quality education, we have a community where people want to live, work and play.”
The objective of The LivCom Awards is to encourage best practices, innovation and leadership in providing a vibrant, environmentally sustainable community that improves the quality of life for its residents. This prestigious event, first launched in 1997, is the only worldwide competition for local communities that focuses on environmental management and the creation of livable cities.
Judging is concentrated in six areas:
Enhancement of the Natural and Built Landscapes
Arts, Culture and Heritage
Environmental Best Practices
Community Participation and Empowerment
Communities are not compared against others within their population category but are judged on how they perform in respect of the judging criteria within the cultural, political, economic, geographic and climatic environment in which they are situated. Beyond reviewing how the community’s environmental programs operate, the competition also looks at how cities develop and maintain strong citizen involvement in local civic matters.
Tallahassee’s LivCom nomination was coordinated by City staff and the Council on Culture and Arts. In Tallahassee’s population category, the city faces three finalists from the United States: Miami Beach, Florida; Riverside, California; and Westchester County, New York, as well as four global cities from South Korea, China, the Ukraine and Denmark.
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. The delegation will also have the opportunity to learn from their counterparts in Asian, European, North American and South American countries participating in the finals.