LEADERSHIP & ACCOLADES
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City of Raleigh
ACCORDING TO THE CITY COUNCIL’S MISSION STATEMENT
ADOPTED IN JUNE 2008, “WE ARE A 21ST CENTURY CITY OF
INNOVATION FOCUSING ON ENVIRONMENTAL, CULTURAL
AND ECONOMIC SUSTAINABILITY.” THIS LONG-TERMVISION
CONTINUALLY FRAMES GOALS AND POLICY DECISIONS.
As a 21st Century City of Innovation, Raleigh
is concerned with the standard of living
for all citizens.
Raleigh’s recognized leadership
is evident at the national level, and its efforts are
reflected in the numerous awards and accolades it
receives on America’s
Best Cities
lists.
Nation’s Most Sustainable Midsize Community
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce lauded Raleigh
with its 2011 Siemens Sustainable Community Award
for “a range of factors including its commitment to
developing a ‘green economy.”’ Specifically cited
was the City of Raleigh’s workforce development
program to retrain workers with the skills necessary
for employment in the green economy, and its
leadership to accommodate electric vehicles.
Raleigh’s internal focus on sustainability, resiliency
and innovation is evident throughout each of the
City’s departments. Through many varied projects
and initiatives, staff is committed to test new
technologies, evaluate policies and implement
practices that save taxpayer dollars and reduce
greenhouse gas emissions and energy consumption
while establishing Raleigh as a national leader.
Specific initiatives are outlined on pages 6-7. A
$3.82 million Energy Efficiency and Conservation
Block Grant, from the U.S. Department of Energy as
part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment
Act, funded the Office of Sustainability’s startup
efforts and many of its initial programs.
Numerous external partners extend the City’s
sustainability efforts into the private sector and
other public agencies. This comprehensive
approach creates a positive synergy and provides
opportunities to move the entire community
forward in ways that would not otherwise exist.
To view sustainability “on the street,”
residents and visitors are encouraged
to take the approximately 2-mile self-
guided walking tour of Downtown Raleigh at
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America’s Best City:
Businessweek.com
#1
Best Places for Business and Careers:
Forbes
#1
Healthiest Cities forWomen:
Women’s Health
#2
Best Cities forYoung Professionals:
Forbes
#3
Best Cities for Raising a Family:
24/7
Wall St.
Hottest Spot forTech Jobs in the U.S.:
DICE.com
Raleigh City Council, starting top left: Thomas Crowder, Bonner
Gaylord, John Odom, Randall Stagner, Mary Ann Baldwin, Russ
Stephenson, Mayor Nancy McFarlane and Eugene Weeks.