January 22-24, 2002: Washington, DC
January 24-26, 2002: New York City

U.S. Conference Of Mayors Presents Public-Private Partnership Awards

WASHINGTON (January 25, 2002) - The U.S. Conference of Mayors today recognized six outstanding public-partnerships with awards presented at the Conference's Winter Meeting in New York City.

The six cities receiving the fourth annual Public-Private Partnership Award are Indianapolis, Sacramento, Lansing, Orlando, Hazelton City, Pennsylvania, and Hurst, Texas.

The Mayors' Business Council established these awards to encourage businesses and cities to work together as city resources become stretched and the need for local community improvements increases. This year's recipients were chosen by the Business Council for demonstrating civic responsibility and corporate commitment to the issues of workforce development, downtown redevelopment and affordable housing, improved technologies and safe drinking water. Following is a brief description of each partnership and award recipient:

Outstanding Achievement Award Winners

  • American Water Services' partnership with Hazelton City Authority - This partnership has experienced long term success and has helped the Authority provide high quality water service at affordable rates for its customers. Over the last 10 years, American Water Services has helped the Authority obtain $53 million in financing to implement facility improvements including a 10 MGD conventional filtration plant, new pump stations, storage tanks and distribution main improvements.
  • United Water and the White Water Environmental Partnership in Indianapolis - In its eighth year, the White River Environmental Partnership's internship program with Arlington High School provides employment opportunities and learning experiences for Indianapolis students. Students work in real jobs in operations, maintenance, accounting, and laboratory functions. The success of the program has been measured by improvements in student grades, attendance, and an increase of students attending post secondary education.
  • City of Sacramento and the Nehemiah Corporation's Cities First program - The Cities First program is dedicated to re-building Sacramento from the inside out. The program was created to help urban residents find safe and affordable housing and restore public land in cities through affordable housing developments.
  • General Motors and the City of Lansing - Following GM's announcement in 1998 that all Lansing operations would be closed by 2005, Mayor David Hollister convened a blue ribbon committee to retain GM. Due to coordination between Mayor Hollister, Governor John Engler, and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, GM eventually decided to make $1.5 million in new investments to construct and equip two high tech auto assembly facilities in Lansing. The Lansing region is now one of the only areas in the world with state-of-the-art facilities and two new plants commissioned by GM in over a decade.
  • City of Hurst, TX and the Anderson Shared Services Center - In 1999, the City of Hurst was facing increasing demands to replace outdated systems, recruit and retain high-level staff, and meet the objectives of the city's strategic plan. Participation in SSC helped the city implement a new technology plan, participate in e-business, led to savings in staff, time and maintenance of systems and improved process and service delivery. Hurst and other local governments can access improved technologies and increased service offerings, standardized software, and a state-of-the-art infrastructure.

    First Place Award of Excellence

  • City of Orlando and Fannie Mae - In February 1999, Mayor Glenda Hood convened the Horizon 2000 Downtown Summit, which concluded that the redevelopment of affordable, market rate housing and the development of a balanced multi-modal transportation system were essential to Orlando's future. Fannie Mae and its Central Florida Partnership Office began to focus its resources toward transforming the downtown business district into a safe environment for residents to work and play. In support of Mayor Hood's priorities, Fannie Mae worked with other key partners to encourage mixed-income rental housing and home ownership in the district and surrounding areas.

    Echelon at Cheney Place became the first new, large-scale residential rental community in downtown Orlando in over 10 years, and first within the central business district in more than 40 years. Fannie Mae made a $5.6 million equity investment in Echelon at Cheney Place through their American Communities Fund. The $28 million, 303-unit apartment community was 45% leased before the official grand opening in April of 2001. After witnessing the success of the new development, six more market rate residential communities are being developed in the downtown core.

    Susan Jarvis (202) 861-6760