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South Sioux City presented with Award for Municipal Excellence.

On March 9, city council members, local officials, and guests gathered in South Sioux City, Neb., to celebrate the 2008 Silver Award for Municipal Excellence for the Siouxland Y project. The Awards for Municipal Excellence are presented by NLC and the engineering firm CH2M HILL to honor outstanding programs that improve the quality of life in America's communities.

South Sioux City was honored with this award for its successful formation of a unique public-private partnership. The city teamed up with the South Sioux City Community School District and the South Sioux YMCA to build a new and state-of-the-art regional recreational facility.

The $10 million facility, which now serves 120,000 residents, is a vast improvement over the previous facility, where the pool was unfit for competitive swimming and whose parking lot was insufficient and unfriendly for persons with disabilities. The new Siouxland Y not only provides a place to exercise, but it also provides a place for local residents to interact, fosters positive community attitude, and improves the quality of life throughout the South Sioux region.

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Attendees at the celebratory meeting included: city council members; YMCA representatives; members of the South Sioux City Chamber of Commerce; Community Foundation members; city staff; local citizens; and award presenter Bob Sink, client service manager at CH2M HILL Omaha. The event kicked off with a reception and series of news interviews, followed by a formal presentation of the award.

"This is an enormous honor for the City of South Sioux City, the South Sioux City School Board, and the Norm Waitt Sr. YMCA Board," said South Sioux City Mayor Sandra K. Ehrich. "This shows what we can do by working together for the betterment of all citizens. The YMCA adds to the quality of life for all Siouxlanders, and we are proud to have helped make this happen."

South Sioux City received an award of $1,000 for its success, which will be given to the South Sioux City Municipal Foundation.

For more information about the Siouxland Y project, contact Lance Hedquist, city administrator, South Sioux City, (402) 494-7517 or lhedquiest@southsioux city.org.

Don't miss the opportunity to nominate an innovative program in your city for the 2009 Awards for Municipal Excellence. Time is running out, so go to www.nlc.org/ ame.aspx to obtain a nomination packet and learn how to apply. All nominations must be postmarked by May 1 and cities must be members of NLC.
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Title Annotation:National League of Cities
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Publication:Nation's Cities Weekly
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Date:Apr 13, 2009
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