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North Charleston receives national Award for Municipal Excellence

Charleston Post and Courier
November 30, 2010

North Charleston is one of eight cities to receive the Award for Municipal Excellence from the National League of Cities.

The city was picked as a silver winner in the 50,001 to 150,000 population category for its Sustainable Urban Revitalization project.

The project brought together public, private and non-governmental organizations to help revitalize the city after the closure of the Charleston Naval Base. The effort has rejuvenated the East Montague Business District and created the Oak Terrace Preserve — a green housing development — and several new public schools, including the recognized North Charleston Elementary School and Charleston County School of the Arts.

North Charleston’s projects have benefitted the community through increased economic development projects, new sustainable neighborhoods and the restoration of historic buildings and streetscapes, officials said.

“Over the past few years, we have seen a welcomed influx of young families, complemented by new businesses to provide an economic boost for our city,” Mayor Keith Summey said in a news release Monday.

As a silver winner, North Charleston will receive an award of $1,000, which will be donated to a community nonprofit of the city’s choice.

The other award-winning cities are: Kingsport, Tenn.; South Bend, Ind.; Newport News, Va.; New York City; Clemson; Minneapolis and Los Angeles.

North Charleston will be honored Friday at a ceremony and luncheon during the National League of Cities annual Congress of Cities & Exposition in Denver.

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