Nine Texas Cities Earn Scenic City Award

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2012 Scenic City Certification Recognizes High-Quality Scenic Standards

Earning Scenic City certification is the result of local government's smart and thoughtful decision-making regarding the development, re-development and growth of a community.

Nine Texas municipalities were awarded Scenic City Certification Monday by the Scenic City Certification Program of Scenic Texas. They join 28 other Texas cities certified under this program in 2010 and 2011.

The Scenic City Certification Program is the first in the United States to incorporate a comprehensive set of model standards for design and development of public roadways and public spaces into one program. Applicant cities present their existing standards for assessment and scoring against the model. Cities with the highest evaluation scores are certified.

The 2012 Texas Certified Scenic Cities: Cedar Park, Colleyville, Double Oak, Pflugerville, Plano, Richardson, Roanoke, Southlake, and South Padre Island.

“These nine cities are demonstrating that strong scenic standards build a strong city in terms of economic development and quality of life for residents. This is a win-win situation.” said Anne Culver, executive director of the Scenic City Certification Program, "Earning Scenic City certification is the result of local government's smart and thoughtful decision-making regarding the development, re-development and growth of a community.”

Members of the Scenic Texas Board of Directors will present the 2012 Scenic City awards at local events in each city this fall. All Texas cities may submit applications for the 2013 round of Scenic City evaluations beginning Jan. 1, 2013. The 2013 application is available online now.

The Scenic City Certification Program is a project of Scenic Texas and its program partners the Texas Municipal League, Urban Land Institute – Houston, American Planning Association Texas, Texas Historical Commission, Houston-Galveston Area Council, Keep Texas Beautiful, Houston Council of Engineers, Scenic Houston and Scenic America. These partners see the direct correlation between the success of a city’s economic development efforts and the visual appearance of its public spaces. They developed the Scenic City Certification Program to support and recognize municipalities that implement high-quality scenic standards for public roadways and public spaces.

For more information on the Scenic City Certification Program visit: http://www.sceniccitycertification.org.

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