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    (8/3/2007) NEW HAVEN- The National League of Cities (NLC) and CH2M Hill announced today that New Haven is one of 35 finalists for the 2007 Awards for Municipal Excellence for the City’s Elm City Resident Card program. The Awards recognize outstanding programs that have improved quality of life in their city or town.

    “New Haven has demonstrated the leadership, creativity and innovation that the Awards for Municipal Excellence promote,” said Donald J. Borut, NLC’s executive director. “NLC applauds America’s cities and towns for continually striving to find new ways to meet the diverse needs of their citizens.”

    Nominated program are judged on: successful public-private partnership ventures, productive citizen and community collaborations, effective management of municipal resources; innovative government policies, project implementation with tangible results and/or the ability to replicate the project in other cities.

    “We are honored to be selected as finalists for this prestigious award,” said Mayor John DeStefano, Jr. “We proudly stand behind the Elm City Resident Card program as a means of improving public safety, uniting our community and continuing New Haven’s tradition of standing up and making important decisions that make this a great city in which to live, work and raise families.”

    The Elm City Resident Card is an identification card that allows residents access to the Public Library, City Dump, Municipal Golf Course and other City services. The Elm City Resident card also contains a Parcxmart feature allowing holders to load up to $150 on the card for use as payment in nearly 50 Downtown, participating, merchants. The Parcxmart feature can also be used at all City parking meters in lieu of coins. The Elm City Resident card is for all residents of New Haven.

    NLC received 168 nominations from cities and towns in 37 states and Puerto Rico, The wunners of the 2007 Awards for Municipal Excellence will be announced at NLC’s Cingress of Cities and Exposition in New Orleans, La., November 13-17, 2007.


    Contact Name: Jessica Mayorga

    Contact Email: jmayorga@newhavenct.net

    Contact Phone: 203-946-7660

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