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34 cities selected as finalists for the 2009 Awards for Municipal Excellence.

NLC received 192 nominations from cities and towns from 39 states for the 2009 Awards for Municipal Excellence.

Thirty-four projects and programs, listed below, have been selected by a panel of judges to move into the finalist stage in the awards process.

The Awards for Municipal Excellence identify and showcase outstanding city and town programs that improve the quality of life in America's communities. Winners of this award exemplify excellence in city governance, best practices in municipal policy, and established model programs that improve the lives of their citizens.

The nine judges will convene in September to choose the winners. Two winners, Gold and Silver, will be selected from each population category.

The winners will be announced at NLC's Congress of Cities and Exposition in San Antonio, November 10-14.

Population less than 50, 000

Apex, N.C.: Halle Cultural Arts Center of Apex

Carbondale, Ill.: Carbondale Home Ownership Program

Estes Park, Colo.: Estes Valley Restorative Justice Partnership

Highland Village, Texas: Police Involving Parents "PIP"

Hopkins, Minn.: Blake Road Corridor Project

Queen Creek, Ariz.: Green Building Policy

Rock Valley, Iowa: Riversbend Campground

Romeoville, Ill.: Foreclosure Mitigation Program

Sierra Vista, Calif.: City of Sierra Vista Watertight Project

Signal Hill, Calif.: Revenue Diversification Strategy

Slidell, La.: Strengthening the Community and the Economy through the Arts

Population 50, 001-150, 000

Bellflower, Calif.: Downtown Bellflower Revitalization

Burnsville, Minn.: Burnsville Surface Water Treatment Plant Project

Fort Collins, Colo.: City of Fort Collins Climate Wise Program

Indio, Calif.: Foreclosure Mitigation Program

Medford, Mass.: Medford Energy Independence Project

Mountain View, Calif.: Graham Reservoir & Sports Complex

Roanoke, Va.: City of Roanoke "Clean and Green" Campaign

Savannah, Ga.: Neighborhood Renaissance Savannah

Skokie, Ill.: Know Your Neighbor Week

Sunrise, Fla.: Computers for Disadvantaged Students Program

Surprise, Ariz.: Creative Collaboration

Tyler, Texas: Tyler Texas Smoking Ordinance Communication Project

Population 150,001-500,000

Anchorage, Alaska: F Street Connectivity Project

Fremont, Calif.: Community Ambassador Program for Seniors

Garland, Texas: Customer 3 Sixty, A Technology and Communications Initiative

Long Beach, Calif.: Creating a Youth-Driven Career Center

Orlando, Fla.: Parramore Kidz Zone

Reno, Nev.: Community Assistance Center

St. Louis: St. Louis Alliance for Homeownership Preservation

Population more than 500,000

Louisville-Jefferson County, Ky.: Louisville Public-Private Sector Partnership to Promote Energy Efficiency

New York City: Homebase

Seattle: Green Seattle Partnerships

Seattle: Race and Social Justice Initiative

Details: For more information about the Awards for Municipal Excellence, visit NLC's website at, select Resources for Cities and then select Awards & Recognition.
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Title Annotation:National League of Cities
Author:Malakoff, Lara
Publication:Nation's Cities Weekly
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Jul 27, 2009
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