City finalist for prestigious international award

Everywhere you go in Coral Gables there are beautiful places and spaces to admire and inspire. The city is hard at work making the community the most livable it can be for everyone.

That attention to detail is now being recognized on a large scale. Coral Gables is a finalist in the 2013 LivCom Awards. This prestigious competition recognizes the most livable communities throughout the entire world. It is one of the only awards programs endorsed by the United Nations.

Coral Gables is the only U.S. city in its population category to make it to the finals. The city is now competing against 13 other municipalities from around the world — cities located in Austria, Greece, Korea, Malaysia, Hungary, Lithuania, France, Taipei, and the Czech Republic. The LivCom Awards is the world’s only competition for local communities that focuses on environmental management and the creation of livable communities.

“As we focus on our local community needs, it is important we pay attention and learn from other communities on a global scale,” said Mayor Jim Cason, a former U.S. Ambassador. “This awards program provides the opportunity to interact with international cities and learn how they applied best practices to situations similar to those we face.”

The city currently is working with the Gables Chamber on a presentation to be made to an international jury. On Dec. 2 the jury will select first, second, and third place finishers for the most livable communities in the world. The city will be judged on the following criteria:

• Enhancement of natural and built environments;

• Arts, culture and heritage;

• Environmental best practices;

• Community participation and empowerment;

• Healthy lifestyle, and

• Strategic planning.

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