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WPB Insider Newsletter - December 17, 2016

 

 

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December 17,   2016

 
 

 

 

 

 

'Off the charts' quality of life scores earn West Palm Beach national certification for sustainability - AGAIN!!

 

 

 

 

The average American city has only 12 acres of open park space for every 1,000 residents.  West Palm Beach has 129 acres!

 

Some cities are trying to cut twenty percent of their energy use over a decade.  This year, the City of West Palm Beach announced it had done it in half the time!

 

It’s these, and other quality of life measures that just earned the City of West Palm Beach a 4-STAR rating from the STAR Community Rating System (STAR). STAR is the nation’s leading program for evaluating local sustainability, encompassing social, economic and environmental performance measures.

 

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Hello hoopla!  Announcing free movies, music and more from the Mandel Public Library

 

Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach cardholders can download the FREE hoopla digital mobile app on their Android, iOS device, or Amazon Fire tablet, or visit hoopladigital.com to begin enjoying thousands of FREE titles – from major Hollywood studios, record companies, and publishers – available to borrow for instant streaming or temporary downloading to their smartphones, tablets, and computers.​

 

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West Palm Beach to take steps to level the playing field for minority & women-owned businesses

 

The city is about to take steps to make it easier for minority and women-owned businesses to win city contracts.

 

Monday the City Commission is expected to vote on creating a new Minority Women Business Enterprise (MWBE) Program.  The program would give qualified businesses a bidding discount up to 15% when competing for city contracts.

 

The program is being created in response to a recent study that showed the percentage of minority and women owned businesses hired by the city was far lower than the percentage of them in the community.

 

Based on the study, the types of contracts in which disparity was found are construction contracts valued at $500,000 and under, professional services contracts $350,000 and under, and goods and services contracts up to $225,000.

 

The creation of the program requires two votes. The first is expected Monday.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Changing of the guard

 

This week West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio tapped West Palm Beach Assistant Police Chief Sarah Mooney to succeed Chief Bryan Kummerlen who is retiring in February.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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