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Palm Coast Shines

The City of Palm Coast is a great place to live, work and play! Here are some awards and kudos our community has received:

April 2016

The Palm Coast Utility Department's "Water Buoys" team won its 10th Top Ops State Championship on April 26, 2016, successfully challenging water treatment teams from other Florida entities in a fast-paced question/answer competition. Team members Fred Greiner (captain), Tom Martens, Peter Roussell and Jim Hogan (coach) will compete for the top national honors at the American Water Works Association Annual Conference and Exposition (ACE) to be held in Chicago in June.

February 2016

Palm Coast Fire Lt. Jennifer Fiveash was named Public Safety Firefighter of the Year, and Palm Coast Volunteer Fire Police Capt. Steve Garnes was named Public Safety Volunteer Firefighter of the Year at the Public Safety Awards held by the Palm Coast Elks Lodge 2709.

Palm Coast Fire Chief Michael C. Beadle was named Citizen of the Year by Palm Coast Elks Lodge 2709, with community service being the largest factor in Chief Beadle's selection.

December 2015

Palm Coast Mayor Jon Netts received the 2015 Regional Leadership Award from the Northeast Florida Regional Council, a network of local governance serving seven counties and their 27 municipalities. The regional council praised the Mayor saying, "Jon Netts personifies the essence of a Mayor who unites his constituents and assures that Palm Coast has meaningful input into all that is happening in the Northeast region of Florida. Always with an eye on the bigger picture, Mayor Netts stays true to his belief that 'We are part of a region. What they do affects us and what we do affects them. What we do together, we do better than if we try to do it alone.'"

The City of Palm Coast received the 2015 Planning & Growth Management Award from the Northeast Florida Regional Council for its work in the redevelopment of the Island Walk Shopping Center.

The City also received an award for its work in the redevelopment of the Island Walk Shopping Center from the Florida Planning and Zoning Association's Surfcoast Section.

The City of Palm Coast received five national video awards for 2015: first-place award in the National Association of Telecommunication Officers and Advisors (NATOA) Annual Government Programming Awards for "Walk Through Life," a video profiling the Palm Coast Parks & Recreation Department; a NATOA honorable mention for Innovative Use of Video for "Walk Through Life;" a Communicator Award of Excellence, in the Public Relations category, also for "Walk Through Life;" a Communicator Award of Distinction, in the Public Safety category, for the "Change Your Batteries" public service announcement; and a Bronze Award in the Government Relations category at the 36th annual Telly Awards – for the City's "Are You In?" economic development video.

November 2015

The City of Palm Coast was once again honored with the highly coveted Florida Green Building Coalition (FGBC) Gold Level Certification, which evaluates local governments' environmental practices and programs in pursuit of long-term sustainability and environmental stewardship. The certification is a voluntary program based on a comprehensive list of criteria designed to conserve natural resources related to energy, water, air and land and to reduce waste.

The City of Palm Coast was named to 24/7 Wall Street's list of "America's 50 most livable cities." The ranking was based on U.S. Census data on variables such as crime rates, employment growth, access to restaurants and attractions, educational attainment, and housing affordability. The report put Palm Coast No. 39 on the list and highlighted the potential for strong job growth as among the factors encouraging people to move to Palm Coast.

The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) gave an Award for Outstanding Achievement in Popular Annual Financial Reporting to the City of Palm Coast for its Popular Annual Financial Report for the fiscal year ending Sept. 30, 2014. This was the second year in a row the City received the recognition.

September 2015

City of Palm Coast Utility Pretreatment Inspector Patrick Garrett received the Florida Water and Pollution Control Operators Association's Robert Heilman Award for Excellence in Industrial Pretreatment. The award honored Garrett's work to develop a program to keep objectionable wastes – such as food grease – out of the Palm Coast wastewater collection system.

For the 14th straight year, the City of Palm Coast was awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for its comprehensive annual financial report (audited financial statements).

August 2015

The International City/County Management Association (ICMA) recognized the City of Palm Coast's performance management efforts with a Certificate of Distinction from the ICMA Center for Performance Analytics. This is the second year in a row the City has received the award.

June 2015

The City of Palm Coast's "Water Buoys" team placed second in the nation at the Top Ops National Championship of the American Water Works Association. The Palm Coast Utility Department team of Fred Greiner (captain), Tom Martens and Peter Roussell – coached by Jim Hogan – competed against 19 teams from across the United States and Canada at the AWWA Annual Conference and Exposition (ACE) in Anaheim, California.

The City of Palm Coast's ISO rating of its fire suppression delivery system, known formally as the Public Protection Classification, has improved to a Class 2. Classifications range from 1 to 10, with 1 being the best and 10 the worst, and play an important role in determining property insurance rates. Only 69 communities in Florida have an ISO rating of 1 or 2, putting Palm Coast in the top 1.1 percent statewide. Nationally, Palm Coast is in the top 1.3 percent.

May 2015

The Palm Coast Utility Department's "Water Buoys" team won its ninth Top Ops State Championship, successfully challenging water treatment teams from other Florida entities in a fast-paced question/answer competition. The award was presented at the annual Florida Water Resource Conference, a joint conference of the American Water Works Association, The Florida Water Environment Association, and the Florida Water and Pollution Control Operators Association. The City of Palm Coast team now advances to the national competition.

The management and operational staff of the City of Palm Coast's Wastewater Plant were recognized for outstanding effort that resulted in zero lost-time accidents during 2014. The staff's efforts earned the second-placed 2015 Florida Water Environment Association Safety Award for Class B facilities. The award was presented during the Florida Water Resources Conference.

The City of Palm Coast placed seventh in the United States in the National Mayor's Challenge for Water Conservation, among cities with populations of 30,000 to 99,999. This is Palm Coast's first time participating in the annual program in which residents pledge to conserve water and cut pollution.

April 2015

The City of Palm Coast's innovative new concentrate Zero Liquid Discharge (ZLD) system has been named the 2015 Water Reuse Project of the Year by the Florida Water Environment Association. The award will was presented to representatives of the City's Utility Department, along with the design engineer, McKim & Creed, and the original equipment manufacturer, Doosan Hydro Technology, at the Florida Water Resources Conference.

For the 12th consecutive year, the City of Palm Coast has received the Government Finance Officers Association's Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for its annual budget. Palm Coast is one of 1,424 government agencies in North America to receive the award this year.

For the 10th straight year, the City of Palm Coast has been named a Tree City USA by the National Arbor Day Foundation in recognition of Palm Coast's urban forestry program. In addition, the City again this year received the Tree City USA Growth Award. This is the ninth time Palm Coast has received this recognition.

Trip Advisor named the top 20 vacation rental destinations in the U.S. in April 2015, and Palm Coast scored the highest out of the 6 Florida destinations on the list! Read "6 Praiseworthy Florida Vacation Spots" at: http://www.tripadvisor.com/VacationRentalsBlog/2015/04/09/6-praiseworthy-florida-vacation-spots-to-add-to-your-bucket-list/

March 2015

In a blind taste-test, the City of Palm Coast's water won the FSAWWA (Florida Section of the American Water Works Association) Region II's annual Best Tasting Drinking Water Contest. The Best Tasting Drinking Water Contest included St. Johns County Utilities, JEA (Jacksonville), Putnam County Utilities, the City of St. Augustine and the City of Palm Coast.

February 2015

The City of Palm Coast was honored as a 2015 Healthy Weight Community Champion by the Florida Surgeon General - in recognition of the Parks & Recreation Department's annual Palm Coast Running Series. The Surgeon General of the Florida Department of Health's "Healthiest Weight Florida" campaign is a public-private collaboration to help Florida's children and adults make informed, consistent choices about healthy eating and active living.

The City of Palm Coast was awarded the 2014 Plant Excellence Award by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection in recognition of the Utility Department's outstanding water treatment plant operation, maintenance and compliance. The award was presented at the Florida Rural Water Association seminar in Lake City.

December 2014

The Northeast Florida Regional Council awarded its Regional Award for Excellence in Public Safety to the City of Palm Coast for its Public Service Announcement video encouraging residents to change their smoke detector batteries when they re-set their clocks for the time change and for a neighborhood program in which the Fire Department assists residents with changing their smoke detector batteries.

The Northeast Florida Regional Council awarded its Regional Award for Excellence in Environmental Stewardship to the City of Palm Coast for its innovative new concentrate Zero Liquid Discharge plant at Water Treatment Plant 2. The ZLD recovers and treats nearly 100 percent of the concentrate produced at the water plant on Citation Boulevard, saving up to 1.2 million gallons of water per day. Previously, that water had to be discharged to a surface water body. There is no other plant like Palm Coast's ZLD in the state of Florida.

November 2014

The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada has given an Award for Outstanding Achievement in Popular Annual Financial Reporting to the City of Palm Coast for its Popular Annual Financial Report for the fiscal year ending Sept. 30, 2013. This was the first time the City had prepared a Popular Annual Financial Report.

November 2014

The video production team of Palm Coast Municipal Access Television Station won third place in the National Association of Telecommunication Officers and Advisors (NATOA) Annual Government Programming Awards, in the Public Safety (under 200,000) category, for "The Starlight Tornado - After the Storm" video.

October 2014

Palm Coast Firefighter-Paramedic Colin Craig was awarded the 2014 EMS Medal & Certificate by the Sons of the American Revolution, Flagler Chapter, for his organization and leadership of a major program to change the batteries in smoke detectors in Palm Coast's Grand Haven subdivision.

Palm Coast City Manager Jim Landon received the Credentialed Manager designation from ICMA, the International City/County Management Association. Landon is one of more than 1,300 local government management professionals currently credentialed through the ICMA Voluntary Credentialing Program.

Indian Trails Middle School eighth-grader Shelby Anton was recognized as honorary "Mayor for the Day" at the Palm Coast City Council meeting on Oct. 7, 2014. Shelby joined Palm Coast Mayor Jon Netts at the dais and assisted with several "mayoral" duties at the meeting. She received the honor after winning a statewide "If I Were Elected Mayor" essay contest sponsored by the Florida League of Cities and the Florida League of Mayors.

October 1, 2014 The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) increased the Community Rating System (CRS) to a Class 5 in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) which qualifies the community for a 25 percent discount of the premium cost of flood insurance for NFIP policies issued or renewed in Special Flood Hazard Areas. Preferred Risk Policies in flood zones X already reflect significant premium reductions.

September 2014

The City of Palm Coast was awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for its comprehensive annual financial report. The City's Finance Department, led by Finance Director Christopher Quinn, received the award. This is the 13th consecutive year Palm Coast received the award for its comprehensive annual financial report (audited financial statements).

Where To Retire magazine selected Palm Coast among its Top Eight Low-Cost Cities in the U.S. for retirement. The story showcasing Palm Coast was featured in the magazine's September/October 2014 edition.

August 2014

In August 2014, Forbes magazine named Palm Coast as the nation's No. 7 City for the Best Small Places for Business and Careers. One of the criteria for placing Palm Coast over areas such as Dubuque, Iowa, and Auburn, Alabama, was the community's efforts to grow tourism and technology industries. See the story at: www.forbes.com/pictures/mli45ekgej/7-palm-coast-fla

In 2014, Beyond.com named Palm Coast the 10th easiest place in the nation to make a hire.

IHS Global Insight Economists in 2014 named Palm Coast to be among 21 U.S. metro areas to grow at a rate above 4 percent through 2020.

July 2014

The International City/County Management Association (ICMA) recognized the City of Palm Coast's performance management efforts with a Certificate of Distinction from the ICMA Center for Performance Analytics. The City developed its new performance measurement and reporting system in 2012 to align City services and programs with the City Council's Strategic Action Plan. The performance measures - used by all City departments - are tied to the City Council's six goals, which are: expansion, economic, finance, environmental, quality of life, and workforce talent. Progress (or lack thereof) is reported quarterly, and those reports are the basis for the City's Annual Progress Report.

The City of Palm Coast received two national Communicator Awards of Distinction for its newly redesigned website, www.palmcoastgov.com, and for a video about December's Starlight Tornado. Both awards were given at the Silver Communicator level.

June 2014

The Southeast Desalting Association named City of Palm Coast Environmental Specialist Brian Matthews, a longtime employee of Palm Coast's Utility Division, as its Educator of the Decade for his work to educate water treatment facility operators about membrane technologies. The Southeast Desalting Association also honored Matthews with its Distinguished Service Award for his 14 years of service on the SEDA Board of Directors. The two awards were presented at SEDA's Spring Symposium on Captiva Island.

For the 11th consecutive year, the City of Palm Coast has received the Government Finance Officers Association's Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for its annual budget. The award was presented to the Finance Department.

For the fifth time since 2006, the City of Palm Coast's "Water Buoys" team won the Top Ops National Championship of the American Water Works Association! The Palm Coast Public Works/Utility Division team of Fred Greiner (captain), Tom Martens and Peter Roussell defeated 18 teams from across the United States and Canada to earn the national championship at the AWWA Annual Conference and Exposition (ACE) in Boston, Massachusetts. The team is coached by Jim Hogan.

April 2014

Palm Coast's Public Works/Utility Division's "Water Buoys" team claimed its eighth TOP OPS State Championship on April 8, 2014 successfully challenging water treatment teams from other Florida entities in a fast-paced question/answer competition. The team competed at the annual Florida Water Resource Conference (FWRC) in Orlando. FWRC is a joint conference of the American Water Works Association, The Florida Water Environment Association (FWEA), and the Florida Water and Pollution Control Operators Association (FWPCOA).

For the ninth straight year, the City of Palm Coast was named a Tree City USA by the National Arbor Day Foundation in recognition of Palm Coast's urban forestry program. In addition, the City received the Tree City USA Growth Award for the eighth time. The Tree City USA program is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with the USDA Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters.

February 2014

Firefighter-Paramedic David Faust was named Palm Coast Fire Department Career Firefighter of the Year, and Lt. Paul Matarazzo was honored as Volunteer Firefighter of the Year at the Palm Coast Fire Department's Annual Awards Banquet on Feb. 15, 2014. Other awards given were: Administrative Commendation Ribbons - to Firefighter-Paramedic Robert Ballou, Capt. Mark Valentik and Lt. Kyle Berryhill; Exceptional Duty Ribbon - to Station 24 B Shift squad of Lt. Jennifer Cohen, Firefighter-EMT Chris Cottle and Firefighter-Paramedic Eric Robinson; Fire Police Officer of Year - to Fire Police Officer Bob Hudak; Fire Associate of Year - to John Pascucci; and Most Improved Volunteer Firefighter - to Anthony Darkes.

The City of Palm Coast was awarded the 2013 Plant Excellence Award by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection in recognition of the Utility Division's outstanding water treatment plant operation, maintenance and compliance. The award was presented Feb. 20, 2014, at the Florida Rural Water Association's "Focus on Change" seminar in Lake City.

November 2013

The City of Palm Coast was awarded the Association of Public Treasurers of the United States & Canada's Investment Policy Certificate of Excellence Award.

The City of Palm Coast was awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for its comprehensive annual financial report. The City's Finance Department, led by Finance Director Christopher Quinn, received the award. This is the 12th consecutive year Palm Coast received the award for its comprehensive annual financial report (audited financial statements).

October 2013

The City of Palm Coast's video production team won a first-place award for its "Bringing It In-House" video and a second-place award for its "Trek It Out - The QR Code Project" video in the National Association of Telecommunication Officers and Advisors (NATOA) Annual Government Programming Awards. Palm Coast won the two top awards in the "Community Awareness" category of the competition.

July 2013

For the 10th consecutive year, the City of Palm Coast received the Government Finance Officers Association's Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for its annual budget.

May 2013

Palm Coast City Manager Jim Landon received the Florida City and County Management Association's Career Excellence Award, an award given annually to a member of the association whose overall career exemplifies a commitment to excellence. Landon was nominated based upon his commitment to fostering representative democracy; for his innovation in creating a Leadership Intern Training Experience (LITE) bringing management and employees together to work creatively on projects not normally undertaken as routine employee functions; and for his creative, progressive insight.

For the eighth straight year, the City of Palm Coast has been named a Tree City USA by the National Arbor Day Foundation in recognition of Palm Coast's urban forestry program. In addition to being recertified as a Tree City USA, the City of Palm Coast again this year received the Tree City USA Growth Award. This is the seventh time Palm Coast has received this recognition.

The City of Palm Coast's video production team received four national awards for videos about the City's sports initiatives for economic development, QR Code project at Graham Swamp, and the success of having employees do more City work in-house. The team received three Communicator Awards: the 2013 Silver Award of Distinction (Government Relations): Bringing It In-House video; the 2013 Silver Award of Distinction (Outdoor/Environmental - Non-Traditional): The QR Code Project video; and the 2013 Silver Award of Distinction (Government Relations): Prosperity At Work: Sports video. The Trek It Out - The QR Code Project video also took top honors in the 2013 People's Telly Awards in the Outdoor/Environmental category.

February 2013

The City of Palm Coast was awarded the Northeast Florida Regional Council's Regional Award for Excellence in Environmental Stewardship for its Solid Waste & Recycling Program. City programs highlighted in the award include Doorstep Household Hazardous Waste Removal, Single Stream Recycling and Recycling Rewards. The competition region includes seven counties and 27 municipalities in Northeast Florida.

November 2012

Fire Chief Mike Beadle of the Palm Coast Fire Department has successfully completed the process that awards him the professional designation of "Chief Fire Officer" (CFO). The Commission on Professional Credentialing met on Nov. 6, 2013, to officially confer the re-designation upon Chief Beadle. Beadle is one of only 908 CFOs worldwide.

The City of Palm Coast received six top awards for the city's "Find Your Florida" branding /marketing video produced by the city's Municipal Access television station. The awards were the Government Programming Awards of the National Association of Telecommunication Officers and Advisors (NATOA), two Bronze Telly Awards and a Silver Communicator Award.

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