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Conference of Mayors, Scotts Miracle-Gro Announce GRO1000 Gardens and Green Spaces Awards at Winter Meeting

January 28, 2013

The U.S. Conference of Mayors and The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company announced the recipients of the 2013 GRO1000 Gardens and Green Spaces Grant Awards Program. The grants, which focus on improving our nation’s cities through the development of community gardens and green spaces, were announced at The U.S. Conference of Mayors 81st Winter Meeting in Washington (DC).

This year’s winning cities are:

  • Bridgeport—Mayor Bill Finch

  • Cincinnati—Mayor Mark Mallory

  • Fort Worth—Mayor Betsy Price

  • Sacramento—Mayor Kevin Johnson

  • Tuscaloosa—Mayor Walter Maddox

“We congratulate the five award winners thanks to the support from our partner, ScottsMiracle-Gro,” said Conference of Mayors CEO and Executive Director Tom Cochran. “It is through the strong leadership of these outstanding mayors that families will have increased access to healthy foods and outdoor spaces in their neighborhoods.”

“Many communities have limited access to livable, outdoor green spaces,” said ScottsMiracle-Gro Chairman and CEO Jim Hagedorn. “Through our partnership with The U.S. Conference of Mayors, we are proud to work with cities to bring the benefits of gardening and green spaces to their residents.”

The partnership between the Conference of Mayors and ScottsMiracle-Gro, now in its second year, aims to improve U.S. cities through increased access to public gardens and green spaces. The winning cities were chosen from a competitive field to create new, innovative greenscapes and to recognize mayoral commitment to urban beautification.

More information and descriptions of the programs are available the website: