Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski received an Honorable Mention Large City 2017 City Livability Award Saturday during The U.S. Conference of Mayors’ 85th Annual Meeting in Miami Beach.
Pawlowski was cited for his efforts to establish a Cultural Community Center at Alliance Hall.
The award recognizes mayoral leadership in developing and implementing programs that improve the quality of life in America’s cities, focusing on the leadership, creativity, and innovation demonstrated by the mayors. This year’s winning cities were selected by former mayors from a pool of more than 150 applicants.
"Our City Livability Awards Program gives us the chance to express our pride in cities’ mayoral leadership in making urban areas cleaner, safer, and more livable,” said Tom Cochran, CEO and Executive Director of the Conference of Mayors. “We are grateful to Waste Management for its many years of support for the City Livability Awards Program, and for the opportunity to showcase the innovation and commitment of mayors and city governments across the country."
This is the 38TH year in which cities have competed for the award, which is sponsored by the Conference of Mayors and Waste Management, Inc., the nation’s largest environmental solutions provider.
Alex Gonzalez, Waste Management’s Florida Area Public Affairs Director, presented the City Livability awards during Saturday’s annual luncheon in Miami Beach.
“Through the City Livability Awards, Waste Management is immensely proud to honor US Mayors who are committed to strengthening our communities and enhancing the lives of their residents across the nation,” said Susan Moulton, Waste Management’s Senior Corporate Director of Public Sector Solutions. “For more than 28 years, Waste Management has sponsored the Awards, because the work these Mayors do to keep our communities safe, healthy, and vibrant aligns directly with our commitment to community vitality by providing innovative, safe and sustainable recycling and waste services.”
This year’s first place winners were Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti for a local program focused on keeping city streets and alleys clean, as well as Hattiesburg (MS) Mayor Johnny DuPree for a local literacy initiative where young people are able to access free books through library lounges in local restaurants.
“I am extremely honored to receive this award from the U.S. Conference of Mayors and Waste Management,” Pawlowski said. “Allentown is a very diverse city and I saw an opportunity to bring so many of our young and growing groups together under one roof.
Today, they are all meeting in household kitchens and living rooms across the city. They have no place to call their own. At Alliance Hall they will each have small office space and access to a second floor kitchen area where they can hold small events and joint meetings.”
Honorable Mention citations for cities with populations of 100,000 or more also went to: Bridgeport (CT), Las Vegas (NV), and Plano (TX). Bethlehem was one of four cities cited with populations of less than 100,000.
For program descriptions for the Outstanding Achievement and Honorable Mention award programs please go to: https://www.usmayors.org/city-livability/.
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