14 Texas Cities to Receive Inaugural Award

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On Thursday, September 16th, at a luncheon at the Hilton Austin Hotel, 14 Texas cities will be recognized as Texas Certified Scenic Cities for having the highest level of scenic standards for public roadways and public spaces.

On Thursday, September 16th, at a luncheon at the Hilton Austin Hotel, 14 Texas cities will be recognized as Texas Certified Scenic Cities for having the highest level of scenic standards for public roadways and public spaces.

The Scenic City Certification Program, the first of its kind in the United States, was developed in 2009 by Scenic Texas in cooperation with the Texas Municipal League and in consultation with Scenic Houston, the Houston-Galveston Area Council, Urban Land Institute, American Planning Association and Houston Council of Engineers. It accepted its first applications in 2010.

The Scenic City Certification Program is the first of its kind in the United States. Other programs exist to recognize achievement for individual aspects of urban design and development, but this program is the first to incorporate a comprehensive set of model standards into one program. Applicant cities presented their existing municipal standards for assessment and scoring against the model. Those with the highest evaluation scores were certified.

The 2010 Certified Scenic Cities are Bastrop, Belton, Flower Mound, Georgetown, Granbury, Horseshoe Bay, Irving, Keller, Mesquite, Missouri City, South Padre Island, Sugar Land, University Park and Westlake.

All Texas cities may apply for Scenic City certification. Applications for 2011 may be submitted to the program beginning January 1, 2011.

For more information on the Scenic City Certification Program please visit http://www.sceniccitycertification.org.
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WHAT:    Awards Luncheon – 2010 Texas Certified Scenic Cities

WHERE:    Hilton Austin Hotel. 400 E. 5th Street, Austin, TX

WHEN:    September 16, 2010, from 12:15p to 1:30p, with program from 12:45p to 1:20p    

CONTACT    Contact Anne Culver at 713-557-4356 or anne@scenichouston.org

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