Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

Partnerships, Collaborations Earn Six Cities NLC Howland Awards

Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

Partnerships, Collaborations Earn Six Cities NLC Howland Awards

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Public and private partnerships, innovative collaborations and citizen engagement were hallmarks of the programs that won 2003 James C. Howland Awards from the National League of Cities.

Six cities were named winners in the award competition for enhancing the quality of life in their communities.

The Gold Winners include:

* Tupelo, Miss.: Haven Acres Neighborhood Revitalization--"A Help Up, Not a Hand Out", Population Category Under 50,000;

* Bellevue, Wash.: Neighborhood Investment Strategy--Population Category 50,001-150,000;

* Tempe, Ariz.: The Rio Salado Project--Population Category 150,001 and over.

The Silver Winners include:

* Coralville, Iowa: "Growing Roots in a Drive-Thru Society"--Population Category Under 50,000

* Roanoke, Va.; "Every Drop Counts" Water Conservation Education Campaign--Population Category 50,001-150,000;

* St. Petersburg, Fla.; N-Team (Neighborhood Team)--Population Category 150,001 and over.

Forming partnerships with the local university and neighboring cities allowed Tempe to transform a dried-out riverbed into a regional tourist designation.

Tupelo in partnership with a local community action agency, boys and girls club and local community foundation, the residence neighborhood association built a community center in the neighborhood.

Corralville transformed its "drive-thru" image into a community with a sense of place by partnering with the Environmental Protection Agency and nearby cities and universities. …

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