Mesa finalist for City Livability Award
By: Melissa Randazzo
04/29/13 4:04 PM
April 29, 2013
Contact: Melissa Randazzo
Mesa, AZ – Mesa is a finalist for the United States Conference of Mayors (USCM) 2013 City Livability Award for the iMesa community engagement initiative. Ten awards are given annually to mayors and their city governments for developing initiatives that enhance the quality of life in their community.
iMesa was launched in 2011 issuing a call to action for residents to engage in a process – iMagine, iNvest, iMprove – to Build a Better Mesa. iMesa is a grassroots investment and improvement effort where residents submit, vote and comment on ideas that will transform the community.
After collecting ideas for more than a year, the Mesa City Council sent a package of parks projects generated through the iMesa process to voters for approval. On Nov. 6, Mesa voters approved the $70 million bond package that included a variety of new and renovated recreational assets such as youth and adult sports fields, open turf areas, playgrounds, trails, museum resources and an aquatics facility.
“I am honored that Mesa is a finalist for the 2013 City Livability Award,” Mayor Scott Smith said. “iMesa is true citizen engagement with real-time, measurable results creating a new culture of transparency, action and creativity. Residents are given the opportunity to tell their leaders what they want, decide how to make it happen and see their ideas come to life.”
As a second round finalist, Mesa is in competition with 15 other cities with a population of 100,000 residents or more in the large city category. The final application deadline is May 10 and on June 22, the judges will select 10 award recipients including one for the First Place Winning City, four for Outstanding Achievement Awards and five Honorable Mentions. The first place winning and outstanding cities will be recognized at the Annual USCM meeting June 21-24 in Las Vegas.
Established in 1979, the USCM Livability Program is sponsored by Waste Management, Inc. For more information go to http://www.usmayors.org and http://www.mesaaz.gov/imesa.
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