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Phoenix wins international prize for best-run city.

Phoenix, Ariz., and Christchurch, New Zealand, have been selected as the best-run cities in the world by the German-based Bertelsmann Foundation.

The prestigious Carl Bertelsman prize, which included a cash award of $180,000, was accepted on September 8 at a ceremony in Germany by Phoenix City Councilmember Calvin C. Goode.

Phoenix Mayor Paul Johnson said, "This award represents what we've known about Phoenix for a long, long time; it's a great place to live, work, and play. We have distinguished ourselves as a city because of our focus on teamwork."

"We are honored that our efforts to do more with less, as well as our focus on customer service, innovation, and competition" were recognized in the competition, said City Manager Frank Fairbanks.

Phoenix, its political leaders, its departments, and its employees have received numerous awards in recent years for efficient, effective, and close-to-the-customer government.

"Phoenix is a working model of the 'reinventing government' movement, and richly deserves this award," said NLC Executive Director Donald J. Borut. "Long before Gaebler and Osborne and the federal National Performance Review popularized the ten principles for transforming government, the city of Phoenix was in the trenches doing it, not just talking about it," Borut added.

The Bertelsmann competition theme was "Democracy and Efficiency in Municipal Administration." Judges based their selections on evidence that municipalities had demonstrated excellence in a number of performance categories, such as customer service, decentralized management, employee empowerment, administrative innovation, and planning and financial controls.

The Bertelsmann Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Bertelsmann AG, the second largest media organization in the world. Bertelsmann AG owns RCA and Arista record companies, Doubleday, Bantam, and Dell publishers, and numerous other magazines, newspapers, printing companies, and cable television outlets. For more information on the award, contact the Phoenix public information office at (602) 261-8512.
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Title Annotation:includes related information on services and programs in Phoenix; Phoenix, Arizona
Author:Fletcher, Jeff
Publication:Nation's Cities Weekly
Date:Sep 20, 1993
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