Largo Wins Municipal Achievement Award
The League of Cities Environmental Stewardship Award went to Largo for its Freecycle Event.
LARGO – The Florida League of Cities has recognized Largo for its commitment to conservation.
Largo won the League’s Environmental Stewardship Award, which focuses on city programs that promote conservation, improve and protect environmental conditions, and/or provide environmental education and outreach programs. Largo’s winning entry, Freecycle Event, allows staff to collect donated items that are used to create a marketplace. Residents receive a reusable bag that they use to ‘shop’ for free from thousands of items.
The award is one of three statewide awards that go to cities that are paving the way for innovations and excellence in municipal government. The other two winners of the 10th Annual Florida Municipal Achievement Awards are Clermont and Miami Beach. Clermont won the City Spirit Award and Miami Beach, the Florida Citizenship Award.
The City Spirit Award recognizes a single, specific citywide effort to successfully address a local need. Clermont’s winning entry, the Oakhurst Project, changed the crime-ridden neighborhood of Oakhurst into a crime-free neighborhood through a citywide effort that allowed police to spend a portion of their time beautifying the neighborhood and connecting with residents.
The Florida Citizenship Award focuses on city projects or programs that increase civic awareness and promote active participation in city government among residents. Miami Beach’s winning entry, MB Resident Connect, is an electronic system that allows residents and others to set up keywords of interest and receive alerts when their topic is published on an agenda.
“For the past decade, the Florida Municipal Achievement Awards have recognized cities that create standout programs to better serve their communities.” said Tallahassee City Commissioner and Florida League of Cities President Gil Ziffer. “These programs are perfect examples of cities at work, and the League is proud to recognize this year’s award winners for their success.”
Founded in 1922, the Florida League of Cities is the united voice for Florida’s municipal governments. Its goals are to promote local self-government and serve the needs of Florida’s cities. Florida’s cities are formed by their citizens and governed by their citizens. The League is founded on the belief that local self-government is the keystone of American democracy.
For information about the League, go to floridaleagueofcities.com.
Photo courtesy of the city of Largo.
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