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Mayors Compete for Most Livable City Honor

By Jocelyn Bogen
January 28, 2013

With a wide range of programs eligible, The United States Conference of Mayors and Waste Management launched the mayor’s race for the honor of calling themselves a 2013 City Livability Awards Program Award winner. The program has begun with the mailing of the application and guidelines to mayors of cities of 30,000 or more.

“For 34 years, the City Livability Awards Program has been one of the most competitive awards program sponsored by The U.S. Conference of Mayors. Each year hundreds of mayors and their city governments submit applications for a wide range of programs to compete for the honor of calling themselves a City Livability Award winner. I am pleased to be a two-time past City Livability Award winner for the 2010 PhillyGoes2College Progam and 2009 Philadelphia Mortgage Foreclosure Prevention Program. I thank Waste Management, Inc. for their long-term support in honoring and giving national attention to mayoral leadership. It is through this partnership that we are able to continue to salute the mayors who have developed innovative and successful programs that improve the quality of life for their residents,” said Conference of Mayors President Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter.

For over two decades, Waste Management has partnered with the Conference of Mayors to honor mayors and their cities for outstanding programs that contribute to the quality of life of their citizens. Waste Management Chief Executive Officer David Steiner added, “Waste Management is the largest environmental solutions provider in North America, serving nearly 20 million municipal, commercial and industrial customers in the U.S., Canada, and Puerto Rico. Sustainability is the driving force in our business. It is the central motivation for our transformation from a waste disposal company to an environmental solutions company that views waste as a resource. Waste Management has been the proud sponsor of The City Livability Awards for 24 years because it is a reflection of our core values. At Waste Management, we share The U.S. Conference of Mayors City Livability Awards commitment to contribute toward a more sustainable society and make cities and communities better places to live.”

Participating cities will submit an initial application of 500 words, due on Friday, March 15, which briefly describes their program and indicates when and why it was created, how it has improved the quality of life of the community, and why it is outstanding or innovative.

From these initial applications, approximately 20 second-round cities in each of two population categories will be selected. These second-round cities will then submit a more detailed application, due on April 12. An independent panel of judges will select the winners in May. Award winners will be announced in June at the 80th Annual Conference of Mayors in Las Vegas.

The 20 City Livability Awards are presented in two population categories—ten awards to cities of less than 100,000 people, ten for cities of 100,000 or more.

Every municipality in the United States is eligible to nominate one or more city government programs in any policy area, regardless of whether the municipality has applied for or received a City Livability Award in previous years. All programs initiated by the city government are eligible, including those developed and implemented in cooperation with private sector and/or community group participation.