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Second Annual ABAG Growing Smarter Together
2008 Growing Smarter Together Awards Presented
ABAG presented the Second Annual Growing Smarter Together Awards during its Spring 2008 General Assembly on Thursday, April 24, 2008, in San Francisco. “These regional Growing Smarter Together awards are significant because they recognize innovative approaches and significant achievements of local governments, regional agencies, and residents collaborating to build complete communities to improve the quality of life in the Bay Area. They directly address the Bay Area’s regional challenges, showcase solutions, highlight outstanding individual leadership, and spotlight best practices that can be emulated regionwide,” Rose Jacobs Gibson, ABAG President and San Mateo County Supervisor, said during the General Assembly awards ceremony.
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Gwen Regalia, Mayor of Walnut Creek, received the Distinguished Leadership Award. Mayor Regalia was recognized for her distinguished public service career and her unsurpassed commitment to sustainable community improvement and focused smart growth on the local, regional, and state level. Regalia is a past president of ABAG.
The Start It Up Award was presented to the City of San Leandro for its Downtown Transit-Oriented Development Strategy to revitalize their downtown with a walkable, mixed-use housing and business development. Extensive public involvement and community engagement helped create San Leandro’s innovative long term vision.
The On the Ground—Getting It Done award was awarded to the City of Hercules to recognize the significant progress that the city has made in implementing its Plan and Regulating Code. The Plan for Central Hercules and its Regulating Code are significant for the high level of public involvement in planning the development, and for guiding development decisions to achieve greater density, mix of uses, walkability, public spaces, and regional transit mobility in Hercules.
The City of Dublin, Alameda County Surplus Property Authority, and Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART) jointly received the Public-Private Partnership award for their collaboration on the Dublin Transit Center. Their work and partnership creates a significant transit-oriented community in Dublin.
The Growing Smarter Together award winners were showcased in a special video produced by Comcast that premiered at the General Assembly. PG&E joined Comcast to help underwrite the awards program.
ABAG's Growing Smarter Together Awards recognize excellence in planning and development by local governments. The awards program showcases personal and program/project oriented work that demonstrates a significant commitment toward achieving regional planning goals.
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