For Immediate Release
Contact: Gregory Minchak, National League of Cities, 202-626-3003 / Minchak@nlc.org; Ally Freeman, National League of Cities, 202-626-3186 / Freeman@nlc.org; or Jamie Kidwell, City of Ann Arbor Sustainability Associate, 734-794-6430, ext. 43720 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Ann Arbor Chosen to Showcase Achievements at National League of Cities Conference
WASHINGTON, DC, Nov. 15, 2012 — Ann Arbor’s sustainability framework is being recognized by the National League of Cities (NLC) as a model program demonstrating innovative and collaborative approaches within government. Ann Arbor’s sustainability framework is one of 27 municipal programs selected for the 2012 City Showcase—NLC’s premiere program celebrating city achievements.
Ann Arbor’s sustainability framework is a set of 16 overarching goals that include the three key aspects of sustainability – environment, economy, and equity. In July 2012, Ann Arbor City Council directed the City Planning Commission to initiate the process of adopting the sustainability framework as part of the City Master Plan. This project was funded with a grant from the Home Depot Foundation. More information on the city’s Sustainability Framework initiative can be found at www.a2gov.org/sustainability.
The program will be highlighted during this year’s Congress of Cities and Exposition, held in Boston, MA, Nov. 28–Dec. 1. During the conference, representatives from Ann Arbor will engage in networking and knowledge sharing with colleagues from around the country.
“The City Showcase is truly a celebration of innovation and collaboration in our nation’s cities and towns,” said Ted Ellis, NLC President and mayor of Bluffton, IN. “These programs represent municipal government at its best, demonstrating the success that can occur when creative minds partner to solve a problem or fill a need within a community. NLC is proud to recognize the 21 cities and towns selected for this year’s showcase.”
Together the programs selected encompass a wide range of geographical locations, city sizes and topic areas. For more information on this year’s City Showcase, visit: http://www.nlc.org/build-skills-and-networks/resources/city-showcase.
The National League of Cities is dedicated to helping city leaders build better communities. NLC is a resource and advocate for 19,000 cities, towns and villages, representing more than 218 million Americans.
Ann Arbor has 114,000 residents, spans 27.7 square miles, and is frequently recognized as a foremost place to live, learn, work, thrive and visit (www.a2gov.org/news). To keep up with City of Ann Arbor information, subscribe for e-mail updates (www.a2gov.org/subscribe), follow us on Twitter (http://twitter.com/a2gov) or become a city fan on Facebook (www.facebook.com/thecityofannarbor). The city’s mission statement reads: The city of Ann Arbor is committed to providing excellent municipal services that enhance the quality of life for all through the intelligent use of resources while valuing an open environment that fosters fair, sensitive and respectful treatment of all employees and the community we serve.
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