2022 Texas Municipal Excellence Award Winners
A memorial wall was created to pay tribute to the first public schools in Athens for African Americans. The wall includes names of the Blackshear, Fisher, and Bishop Heights school students, faculty, and staff from 1920-1965. The project was brought to life through partnerships with the City, Building Athens Together, foundations, local businesses, citizens, and more.
The City created Garage Gab to bring traditional town hall meetings to neighborhood garages and driveways. Each Garage Gab is attended by a representative from city leadership and management, police, fire, and public works. The laid-back and intimate approach has provided sincere and helpful feedback while helping city officials engage with the community.
Needing to hire in a competitive market, the city created the Saginaw Student Apprentice Program. This paid apprenticeship offers high school and college students exposure to the public sector while serving as a talent pipeline for future city employees. The City has saved 55 percent in labor costs while still offering quality city services despite labor shortages.
The Port Lavaca Police Department created a mental health officer position to better serve those suffering from mental illness and to reduce the time that patrol officers spend on mental health incidents. Since its implementation, the City has seen a decrease in time and cost spent on these incidents due to the specialized attention.
The City fundraised $770,000 to develop College View Park. This unique park is all-inclusive and intergenerational, and promotes participation, healthy activity, and social interaction. It is the only one of its kind within 60 miles and serves as the sole National Demonstration Site for a park of its kind in East Texas.
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The City's Code Enforcement Resource Program lends residents equipment to tackle tall grass and low-hanging tree limbs. When code enforcement leaves a flyer about a code violation, they also provide information on how to borrow equipment and will deliver a lawn mower or wood trimmer at no charge.
The video series "Stoler on the Street" helps Plano residents understand the vast array of City services and amenities that their tax dollars support. In just 10 months, more than 70 videos driving thousands of views and increasing overall engagement were created using an iPhone, selfie stick, and a lavalier mic.
The Infants at Work pilot program improves the work-life integration for City of Tyler employees by recognizing a parent's and caregiver's responsibility to their job and family. It supports employees with the transition to parenthood by allowing them to bring their babies to work until they are six months old.
The Tyler Police Department's homeless coordinator works with the homeless population to identify individual needs and access local resources. Since the position was created, homelessness has decreased significantly and more individuals are seeking social services. Also, eight homeless camps were disbanded and 14 dangerous structures were demolished.
The City developed the Downtown Ambassador Program to help keep the Georgetown Square clean and beautiful during its busiest hours on the weekend. The ambassador does a variety of tasks, including picking up litter, emptying decorative sidewalk trash containers, cleaning up around the dumpster area, and, when needed, providing extra collection of the dumpsters.