City of Tallahassee Accomplishments
- The City of Tallahassee is named #38 of the 50 Best Bike Cities of 2016- Every two years, by sifting through Census and department of transportation data on more than 100 cities, consult with experts from organizations such as People for Bikes, the Alliance for Biking & Walking, and the League of American Bicyclists, and talk with bike advocates and everyday riders to identify the 50 most bike-friendly towns in the United States.
- The City of Tallahassee received the Accela Trendsetter Award for its mobile app DigiTally.
- The City of Tallahassee was named the first Dementia Caring Community in the state. Florida Department of Elder Affairs Secretary Sam Verghese announced that the city was getting the honor through the Department's Dementia Care and Cure Initiative.
- The City of Tallahassee is the recipient of the 2016 Ability Awards Public Employer of the Year for its commitment to providing a variety of career development experiences to young job seekers with disabilities.
- The City of Tallahassee is ranked in the top ten in the nation for the 2015 Digital Cities Survey by the Center for Digital Government. In its entry, the City of Tallahassee highlighted a variety of technology solutions that improve customer service, make reporting issues easier and increase transparency. Some of the featured items were DigiTally, the City's mobile app; the online outage reporting system for electric; the City's online checkbook; and social media efforts, to name a few.
- The City of Tallahassee's Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Affairs (PRNA) department received the National Facility or Park Design Award from the National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA) for the management of Cascades Park.
- Additionally, the American Public Works Association (APWA) named Cascades Park a 2015 Public Works Project of the Year. The award was presented to Blueprint 2000 and the partners involved in the construction of Cascades Park. Blueprint 2000 is the intergovernmental agency funded by a one-cent sales tax and governed by both the City of Tallahassee and Leon County.
- Judges from the National Civic League named Tallahassee as one of the ten cities to win the prestigious All-America City (AAC) award. The All-America City award is the most coveted award that a community can win. The annual award recognizes exemplary grassroots and problem-solving efforts of communities that cooperatively tackle challenges and achieve measureable results. Judging is based on the overall level of community involvement in solving critical problems, including public-private partnerships. This is the second time that Tallahassee has won the All-America City award; it was first recognized in 1999.
- The City of Tallahassee's Growth Management department is one of the best in class according to Harvard University. The department earned the honor for its Residential Money Back Guarantee Program, which was deemed a Top 25 Program out of more than 500 entries in the Innovation in American Government Competition.
- The City of Tallahassee's Electric Utility department felt the power at the 15th annual Florida Lineman Competition as it swept top honors in all main categories for the second year in a row. Coordinated by the Florida Municipal Electric Association (FMEA), the rigorous statewide contest demonstrated the varied skills of line workers from electric utilities throughout Florida and Georgia.
- The Gaines Street District was selected as a finalist for the American Planning Association – Florida Chapter's (APA-FL) Great Places in Florida award!
- In June 2015, the Tallahassee Regional Airport (TLH) received the official designation from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) as an international airport.
- Today, the Florida Sterling Council, through Executive Office of the Governor, announced that the City of Tallahassee's Underground Utilities Department will be a recipient of the 2015 Governor's Sterling Award (GSA). This coveted award is Florida's highest honor that an organization can receive for organizational performance and management excellence. Recipients are considered role models by which other public and private organizations throughout the state can evaluate themselves.
- 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.