4. ACHIEVING OUTCOMES
St. Cloud gained global recognition as the city won the top title at the 2019 International Awards for Liveable Communities (LivCom Awards) on December 13th, 2019 in Rome, Italy. Launched in 1997, it’s the only international competition focusing on quality of life in cities and is endorsed by the United Nations Environment Programme. This year had 120+ international cities submit an overview of their city based on six criteria. From those, just 21 cities were selected as finalists with St. Cloud being the only U.S. city chosen. The six judging criteria include Enhancement of the Landscape and Public Spaces; Arts, Culture and Heritage Management; Community Participation and Empowerment; Environmental Protection and Green Economy; Healthy Lifestyle; and Sustainable Planning and Management Policies.
After three intensive days evaluating finalists, St. Cloud won first place in the Whole City - Category C for cities with a daytime population of 75,001 to 150,000. In addition to the Whole City Award, St. Cloud was presented first place in three criteria awards: Enhancement of the Landscape and Public Spaces; Arts, Culture and Heritage Management; and Community Participation and Empowerment. These were judged across all population categories
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