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Mayors, Business Partner for Success: Excellence in Public Private Partnership Awards

By Judy Reid
January 28, 2013

The United States Conference of Mayors recognized outstanding partnerships between cities and members of the business community January 19 in Washington (DC) at the Conference of Mayors 81st Winter Meeting.

Conference of Mayors Vice President Mesa Mayor Scott Smith, who presided over the Business Council Breakfast, remarked, “The Business Council members’ commitment to developing new partnerships with cities and promoting innovation is fundamental to success of the Business Council.” He emphasized, “Mayors have always understood the power of the private sector to affect change and improve lives and we can point to successful public private partnerships in cities across the nation.”

Conference of Mayors CEO and Executive Director Tom Cochran also participated in the awards program, recognizing best practices in Chicago (IL), Gresham (OR), Philadelphia (PA) and San Francisco (CA). He highlighted the importance of the Mayors Business Council stating, “We look forward to continuing our commitment to work with America’s mayors and the business community to promote the public private partnerships that will strengthen the economy in cities and in America.”


The award winners are as follows:

Award of Excellence: San Francisco (CA) and Citi Community Development for the “Kindergarten to College” partnership.

Outstanding Achievement Awards:

  • Chicago (IL) and Comcast for the “Internet Essentials” project.

  • Gresham (OR) and Veolia Water North America for the “Achieving a Green Vision for Energy Independence” project.

  • Philadelphia (PA) and Recyclebank for the “Philadelphia Recycling Rewards” project.

An independent panel of judges was appointed by the Conference of Mayors to review the submissions. Criteria upon which their selections were made included: improvement in delivery of services, sustainability, cost savings, creativity of approach, benefits to both public and private partners, economic and business benefits, and measurable results.

Applications for the 2014 awards will be available at following the Annual Meeting in Las Vegas June 21-24. Deadline for the 2014 awards is October 1, 2013. Visit the website for additional information about the Public/Private Partnership Award winning programs.