WPB named #1 “Most Livable” small city

The City of West Palm Beach has been awarded first place honors in the 2012 City Livability Awards Program during The U.S. Conference of Mayors’ 80th Annual Meeting in Orlando.

This is the 33rd year in which cities have competed for the award. The award recognizes mayoral leadership in developing and implementing programs that improve the quality of life in America’s cities, focusing on the leadership, creativity, and innovation demonstrated by the mayors.

This year over 200 cities from across the country competed for the award.

Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach created a year-long, grant-funded, skills and career motivating program initiative titled Career Catalyst. This was designed to help connect unemployed city residents with a variety of resources and to increase access to Palm Beach County Workforce Alliance, a non-profit that handles employment initiatives. Running from October 2010 to September 2011, the program helped nearly 1,000 people who were unemployed or in need of computer skills improvement. It also created a partnership in which the organization that helps the unemployed could provide better resources to the library and the community it serves.

“The promise to be a pro-business city means more than working to attract companies. It also includes a commitment to ensure everyone in this city who wants to work is able to work.  The secret to the success of this program was the commitment by the dedicated members of our Mandel Public Library staff.  This program may be in the spotlight right now, but our library is putting together training programs to help our residents all year. Their dedication to this program was what made it work, and made it able to help so many people.”

The U.S. Conference of Mayors is the official nonpartisan organization of cities with populations of 30,000 or more. There are 1,210 such cities in the country today, and each city is represented in the Conference by its chief elected official, the mayor.