City of Tallahassee Accomplishments
- The City of Tallahassee Natural Gas Utility was recognized as one of the best in the country receiving the American Public Gas Association's (APGA) Gold Level System Operational Achievement Recognition. This prestigious award is given to gas utilities who demonstrate excellence in the areas of worker safety, workforce development, system integrity and system improvement. The City's Gas Utility is one of only three in the country to receive the Gold Level recognition, the highest level that can be achieved by a public utility. APGA also presented the City's Gas Utility with the Marketing and Sales Award for Advertising recognizing its innovative and highly successful multimedia advertisement programs which helped position the Utility as a statewide leader in customer growth, and the Consumer Education Program Award for its outstanding educational programs and initiatives promoting the awareness of natural gas and natural gas safety for business and residential consumers.
- The Tallahassee-Leon County Planning Department (TLCPD) received the 2014 National Planning Excellence Award for a Planning Agency from the American Planning Association (APA). As a partnership between the City of Tallahassee and Leon County, Fla., the TLCPD has created dynamic planning programs that benefit the whole community and encourage coordination with and assistance to stakeholders.
- The City of Tallahassee Underground Utilities' Stormwater Management department was named the recipient of the 2014 Florida Stormwater Association (FSA) Excellence award. This award is presented to stormwater programs that have shown an outstanding commitment to best practices that benefit the environment and local citizens.
- The City of Tallahassee was awarded the 2014 "Project of the Year for Diversity Exemplary Practices" by the Florida Chapter of the American Public Works Association (APWA) for the Tallahassee-Leon County Civil Rights Heritage Walk.
- The City of Tallahassee's Electric Utility took two first place awards and a safety achievement award at the 14th annual Florida Lineman Competition. The rigorous state lineman competition, hosted by the Florida Municipal Electric Association (FMEA), demonstrated the varied skills of line workers from electric utilities throughout Florida. The City's Electric Utility garnered first place overall in both the journeyman and apprentice categories. This accomplishment marks only the second time in 14 years the event has been held that a city has ever taken first place in both main categories.
- Tallahassee is currently listed one of the 50 best swim cities in America, according to a new study commissioned by USA Swimming and leading swimwear brand Speedo. The ranking index, Tallahassee is listed as number 27, was developed through a comparison of each city's swim-related attributes relative to the overall U.S. population.
- Gaines Street was designated as a High Performance Public Space by the University of Florida Graduate School of Urban and Regional Planning.
- Tallahassee was named as one of the "Top 100 Best Place to Live" by Livability.com, a website that ranks quality of life for America's small to mid-sized cities. Out of 1,700 cities across the nation, Tallahassee ranked 42nd, making it within the top 50 most livable cities. This national recognition comes on top of being named "#1 Most Livable City" by the United States Conference of Mayors in 2011.
- The City of Tallahassee received the "Silver Walk Friendly Community Designation" from the Pedestrian Bicycle Information Center (PBIC). The Walk Friendly Community program is the only national recognition program that highlights communities across the United States for their walking successes.
- The City won the Award of Excellence from the Urban Land North Florida Institute (ULI) for its work rebuilding Gaines Street.
- Two City of Tallahassee projects were nominated for an Emmy - "Change for Change" documentary and the "Bike Box: Get Behind It" promotional video. Both of these videos were produced by the Communications department.
- The City of Tallahassee's Communications department took home honors from the City, County, Communications and Marketing Association (3CMA) conference for the "Gaines Street Cash Mob event and Seeing Red Swag Bags" in the Marketing and Tools category, "Bike Box: Get Behind It" in the Most Creative Activity with the Least Dollars Spent category and the "Bringing Beauty Full Circle: Miccosukee/Fleischmann Roundaout" in the Government Service Delivery/Community Issue category.
- The City of Tallahassee's Communications department took home awards for the Florid Public Relations Associations (FPRA) state conference, including an Award of Distinction in the Public Service category for "Bringing Beauty Full Circle: Miccosukee/Fleischmann Improvement Project," Award of Distinction in Public Information category for "Bike Box: Get Behind It," and a Golden Image and Judge's Award in the Video - Public Service category for "What a Tease! Bike Box Promotional Teaser Videos."
- The City's Electric Team won 8th place in the Corporate Cup Challenge presented by the local Working Well Initiative.
- Team Name: City Electric
- Greg Ozbun - Kayak 1 mile loop
- Robert Wigen - Bike (paved and unpaved course)
- John Boes - Run 5k
- Tommy Haynie - Strength & Conditioning
- The City's Fire Department Team won first place in the WellQuest Challenge also presented by the local Working Well Initiative.
- In recognition of StarMetro's exemplary service, particularly to elderly, disabled and low-income and transportation challenge citizens, StarMetro was awarded the prestigious "2013 Dispatcher/Scheduler of the Year Award" by the Florida Commission for the Transportation Disadvantaged.
- StarMetro received three statewide marketing awards from the Florida Public Transportation Association (FPTA), as well as "Partner of the Year" award from RESPECT of Florida.
- The American Planning Association has designated StarMetro as the recipient of the 2013 National Planning Excellence Award for Transportation Planning. StarMetro was chosen for this award for its launch of the 2011 decentralized route network.
- The City of Tallahassee's Electric Utility department is one of 184 of the nation's more than 2,000 public power utilities to have earned the coveted Reliable Public Power Provider (RP3) recognition from the American Public Power Association (APPA).
- The City's Electric Utility has gone ten years without a lost-time accident. In addition to this safety achievement, the City also received Florida Municipal Electric Association's Safety Award. For the past 25 years, FMEA has recognized the efforts of Florida's municipally owned utilities to stress worker safety as a key priority.
- The City of Tallahassee's Underground Utilities took home first place in a rigorous statewide competition sponsored by the Florida Sterling Council. The City was named "2013 Team Showcase Champion" by the Council for its outstanding achievement in implementing a nitrogen reduction program as part of the City's commitment to move to a higher level known as Advanced Wastewater Treatment (AWT).
- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded the City of Tallahassee the prestigious Excellence Award for its exemplary annual 2012 Water Quality Report as well as its outstanding public awareness activities and long history of environmental stewardship in the community.
- The City of Tallahassee's Public Works department recently won the 2013 Project of the Year Award from the Big Bend Florida Chapter of the Institute of Transportation Engineers (BBFC-ITE). This award recognizes organizations that make outstanding achievements concerned with transportation.
- The City's Public Works department received the Project of the Year Award for their work constructing the state-of-the-art Tallahassee Regional Transportation Management Center (RTMC), which is housed in the newly opened Leon County-City of Tallahassee Public Safety Complex (PSC). The RTMC manages the I-10 Freeway Management System (FMS) and serves as the control center for the City's Advanced Transportation Management System (ATMS) for traffic signals. This center allows for monitoring of traffic along I-10 and many local roadways throughout the region; and, it also features technology superior to that of any center within the state.
- The City of Tallahassee received a Silver Award for its environmental leadership from The International Awards for Livable Communities and was the first community to be awarded a Gold Certification as a Green City by the Florida Green Building Coalition.
- Tallahassee is #1! The City of Tallahassee Utilities was honored by the American Public Power Association (APPA) for receiving the prestigious 2012 E. F. Scattergood System Achievement Award. This national designation recognizes the top public utility in the country for enhancing the prestige of public power utilities nationwide through sustained achievement, exemplary leadership and customer service excellence.
- The City also received APPA's 2012 Energy Innovator Award for its innovative and highly successful Neighborhood REACH program along with active community involvement. This national honor recognizes a utility that has demonstrated advances in the development and application of creative, energy-efficient technologies, customer service enhancements and operational efficiencies.
- Tallahassee residents love their downtown Chain of Parks. So does the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA). ASLA recognized Tallahassee's Chain of Park's as one of America's 100 best examples of landscape architecture. Chain of Parks is only three parks honored in Florida by the ASLA.
- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded the City of Tallahassee the Excellence Award for its 2012 Water Quality Report, including public awareness activities and a history of environmental stewardship. The Water Quality Report is a federally mandated Consumer Confidence Report that provides customers with information on the city's drinking water quality, supply, technology and protection accomplishments.
- By involving citizens in its annual performance measurement and reporting process, the City of Tallahassee was recognized as a Government Trailblazer by the National Center for Civic Innovation. Tallahassee joins a group of 69 other governments and government managers throughout the nation who are blazing new trails in how they measure and report performance. The Office of the City Auditor leads the effort, with support from the City Manager, the other Appointed Officials and each City department.
- The Florida Airports Council (FAC) announced that Tallahassee Regional Airport (TLH) has received the Environmental Excellence Award (EEA) for 2012. Announced at the FAC's annual conference in Naples, TLH received the award for the installation of Solar Photovoltaic System in the main terminal building. This is the second time in three years Tallahassee Regional Airport has won the prestigious award.
- The Tallahassee Regional Airport (TLH) was awarded the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) "Airport Safety Mark of Distinction" Award. This acknowledgment by the FAA recognizes specific actions, efforts or events involving an airport that deserve praise for its demonstrated effect on the advancement of safety. Typically, less than a handful of these awards are granted each year.
- The Tallahassee Regional Airport received an award from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for its participation in the FAA's Safety Management System (SMS) Implementation Study. The Tallahassee Regional Airport was one of only 14 airports in the United States selected for participation in this pilot program, which utilized federal Airport Improvement Program funds.
- Honors Acknowledge Individual Linemen and Overall Safety - The City of Tallahassee Electric Utility was recognized by the Florida Municipal Electric Association (FMEA) at its annual Safety Awards and Florida Lineman Competition.
- For the second year in a row, the City's Electric Utility was awarded a first place Safety Award in category D for its continued commitment to safe work practices during the past year. Category D is comprised of utilities with 400,000 to 999,999 man-hours worked
- StarMetro was named 2012 Urban Community Transportation of the Year by the Florida Commission for the Transportation Disadvantaged.
- City Wins National 2011 Livability Award from U.S. Conference of Mayors - The City of Tallahassee was honored by the United States Conference of Mayors (USCM) and presented with the prestigious 2011 City Livability Award. This highly coveted first-place designation, awarded for exemplary leadership and innovation, recognizes the City for ensuring the highest quality of life for residents.
- The City of Tallahassee received the Best Practice Award in the Government category for its Green Initiative at the 13th Annual Sustainable Florida Best Practice Awards ceremony held recently.
- The City claimed its second Best Practice Award for its Get There Green entry, which focused on transportation planning and program initiatives. The City was also the Sustainable Florida Best Practice winner in 2008.
- The work of local businesses, citizens, a non-profit organization and city government to create a sense of place in the Midtown Area received statewide acclaim when the American Planning Association's Florida Chapter gave the district Award of Merit to the City of Tallahassee for it's Midtown Placemaking Action Plan.
- The City's Communications department was awarded 12 awards at the Florida Public Relations Association's (FPRA) annual conference, including the prestigious Dick Pope All Florida Award, the highest award offered by FPRA. Then, the City collected seven additional national awards at the annual City-County Communications and Marketing Association (3CMA) conference.
- WCOT, the City's public access channel, also won awards from the National Association of Telecommunications Offices and Advisors for several shows, including Pet-tertainment Tonight, Gaines St. Flash Mob, Tallahassee Matters/ID Theft and City Law City Justice/DUI Prevention.
- StarMetro took home top honors from several transportation groups in recognition of its superior safety, maintenance, operations and marketing. At the annual conference for the Florida Public Transportation Association (FTPA), StarMetro was recognized for its safety and maintenance with two first place wins in the "Most Improved Safety" and "Overall Safety Record" categories and a third place win in the "Top Mechanic Award."
- In addition, the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) presented StarMetro with a first place award for the newly redesigned Ride Guide in the "Print Media/Schedule" category.
- StarMetro's paratransit division was also recognized. At the 19th annual Transportation Disadvantaged Best Practices and Training Workshop, StarMetro's paratransit division received second place honors in the "Innovations of the Year", "Dispatch Scheduler of the Year" and the "Urban Transportation Coordinator of the Year" categories.
- The City of Tallahassee's Public Works Department's Drainage Operations Unit, in conjunction with Underground Utilities' Stormwater Management, received recognition from the Big Bend Branch of the American Public Works Association (APWA) for two flood relief projects. The Shamrock-Edenderry Stormwater Improvement Project was named Environmental - Stormwater Project of the Year and the Windsong Conveyance Drainage Repair project was named as winner in the beautification category.
- Competition Tests Wastewater Operations/Maintenance Skills - The City of Tallahassee's Underground Utilities Wastewater Operations Team received state recognition by winning first place in the recent Florida Water Environment Association's annual Operations Challenge competition. The competition was held during the annual Florida Water Resources Conference in Kissimmee. Finishing in second and third place were teams from the City of Fort Lauderdale and Gainesville Regional Utilities.
- The City of Tallahassee's Arvah B. Hopkins Power Plant has been named one of the top six gas-fired, electric-generating facilities in the world. Recognizing the City's Electric Utility as an industry leader, the prestigious Top Plant designation is given for best operating records, environmental performance, unique technology and importance to the community.
- Michelle Obama, the First Lady of the United States, recently designated Tallahassee a Preserve America Community.
- In 2010, the City of Tallahassee was selected as one of the top 40 Cities in the World by The International Awards for Livable Communities (The LivCom Awards).
- The Animal Service Center participated in the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals' (ASPCA) nationwide Save More Lives Challenge. During the challenge, the ASC garnered more support and votes from its community than any other participating group in the United States, earning it the $25,000 Community Engagement Award.
- The City of Tallahassee Aviation Department announced the receipt of a statewide environmental award. Tallahassee Regional Airport was selected as recipient of the Florida Airports Council (FAC) Environmental Excellence Award.
- The Tallahassee Regional Airport announced that it has once again been recognized nationally for Excellence in Airport Training. The designation by the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) recognizes the Airport for providing its own employees and first response personnel from the Tallahassee Police and Fire Departments with computer-based video training and testing. This is the seventh consecutive year the Tallahassee Regional Airport has received the award. Additionally, the Airport will also be listed as a 2009 Hall of Fame winner on the Airport Training and Safety Institute's Hall of Fame. Airports awarded a place in the Hall of Fame must have a proven track record of dedication to training and excellence in the field of aviation.
- Four Outreach Efforts Received National Recognition. The City of Tallahassee's Communications department received top honors from the City-County Communications and Marketing Association (3CMA) annual Savvy Awards event, held as part of 3CMA's recent annual conference. The City won four first place awards involving a variety of outreach initiatives to citizens.
- WCOT, the City's government access channel, won the Savvy in the TV and Video - Education/Training category for "Stranger Safety," a video produced to address community concerns about children and potential abductions. WCOT also won the Savvy in the TV and Video - Regularly Scheduled Programming category for "Change for Change," a documentary that followed three women who were homeless and assisted by a community-initiated program where citizens contribute funds through their utility bill. The City's work with the community on extending FAMU Way won two awards. The FAMU Way Community Breakfast postcard won the Savvy in the Other Graphic Design - Publications/Advertising and Other category, and the FAMU Way Community Breakfast event itself took home the Savvy in the Communications Plans and Service Delivery category.
- Out of 124 applicants, the City of Tallahassee's Environmental Policy and Energy Resources department (EPER) was honored as one of 14 recipients of The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) 10th annual Clean Air Excellence Award. The City was one of two honorees in the Regulatory/Policy Innovations category.
- StarMetro accepted four awards from the Florida Public Transportation Association (FPTA), including the prestigious honor of Most Outstanding Florida Transit System in 2010 for StarMetro's continued dedication to service and improvement. In addition to the Most Outstanding Florida Transit System honor, StarMetro earned first place in the Sustaining Campaign category for the Nova2010 Public Involvement campaign, second place in the Special Event category for the Gadsden Express Kick-off and Dwayne Fiene, a StarMetro mechanic, won first runner-up for the Top Mechanic in the State award.