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December 4, 2015
Contact: Susan Norton
Director of Communications & Marketing
Fayetteville Receives City of Distinction Awards
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Mayor Lioneld Jordan and other city officials attended the Arkansas Municipal League’s 2015 Fall Conference in Springdale this week and brought home several awards on behalf of city employees and collaborators. The awards recognize successes of Arkansas cities as demonstrated by innovations, efficiencies, improved public service, and public support.
The Mayor accepted the City of Distinction awards at ceremonies during the Arkansas League banquet Wednesday night, Dec. 2, and the Arkansas Volunteer Community of the Year award at the luncheon Thursday, Dec. 3.
The City of Distinction program is designed to honor outstanding initiatives in cities across the state. Fayetteville was named the winner of the Arkansas Business City of Distinction 2015 in the Green/Energy Conservation Initiatives category for cities with a population more than 20,000.
Projects submitted for this award included: the Greedy Goats invasive species removal and habitat restoration project in Wilson Park, the Recycle Something Campaign, and the Energy Efficiency Lighting Projects.
There are six award categories:
• Workforce Development
• Main Street Preservation
• Quality of Life
• Green/Energy Conservation Initiatives
• Technology Advancements
Fayetteville also received an honorable mention of the Arkansas Business City of Distinction 2015 in the Quality of Life category for cities with a population of more than 20,000. In this category, the City submitted their work in the following areas: major infrastructure improvements inside the “Mayor’s Box,” Parks projects (new Regional Park, Kessler Mountain, Walker Park Senior Activity and Wellness Center, and Mount Sequoyah Gardens), and the City’s Active Transportation Plan that creates “Fayetteville’s livable transportation network.”
Volunteer Community of the Year
Fayetteville was honored to be chosen as one of 12 communities to receive the 2015 Arkansas Volunteer Community of the Year Award for the 6th consecutive year for more than 682,000 hours of volunteer work performed by its citizens. The Arkansas Volunteer Community of the Year awards are co-sponsored by The Division of Community Service and Nonprofit Support, the Arkansas Municipal League, and the Office of the Governor.