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

By Judy Reid
January 30, 2012

The United States Conference of Mayors recognized outstanding partnerships between cities and members of the business community at USCM's 80th Winter Meeting in Washington (DC) January 20.

Conference of Mayors CEO and Executive Director Tom Cochran, who presided over the Business Council Luncheon, 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. We can point to successful public private partnerships in cities across the nation."

The awards program recognized best practices in Elizabeth (NJ), Los Angeles (CA), Long Beach (CA) and New Orleans (LA).

The United States Conference of Mayors and the Mayors Business Council established the awards to encourage businesses and cities to work together to bring innovative solutions to challenges facing local communities and to highlight successful public private partnerships.


The award winners are as follows:

Awards of Excellence

  • Los Angeles and the IPS Group, Inc. for the "Coin and Credit Card Parking Meter Upgrade" project.

  • New Orleans and Veolia Water North America for the "City of New Orleans Project"

Outstanding Achievement Awards

  • Elizabeth (NJ) and American Water for the "Elizabeth Water and Wastewater Partnership."

  • Long Beach and Waste Management, Inc. for the City of Long Beach: "Re:Cycle Your Bicycle Program."

Visit the website for additional information about the Public/Private Partnership Award winners.

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.