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Special Recognition for City Employee

April 17, 2016 

The City of Garland offers training for its employees in a variety of areas, which can lead to professional development, promotions, pay raises, and sometimes an opportunity to save a life.

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GP&L Receives National Communications Award

October 29, 2015 

Garland Power & Light’s communications team was recently honored with a national award presented by the American Public Power Association (APPA). The GP&L 2014 Annual Report received an Award of Merit in the Print Category of the 2015 Excellence in Public Power Communications awards, presented at the APPA Customer Connections Conference in October.

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Provide Your Street Critique Sept. 1-30

September 1, 2015 

During September, the City of Garland is inviting residents and visitors to report streets that might require major repair or complete replacements via Garland eAssist, the City’s online service request system.

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NUSA Recognizes Garland Neigborhoods

June 12, 2015 

Representatives from the City of Garland Planning & Community Development Department attended the annual Neighborhoods, USA Conference in Houston, where two Garland neighborhoods were recognized.

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Garland Fire Captain Earns Esteemed Certification

May 29, 2015 

Congratulations to Garland Fire Captain David Gott for earning his Structural Collapse Level V certification as an Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) Specialist from the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) and the Texas A&M University System.

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Garland Fire Department Celebrates Class 47 Graduates

May 15, 2015 

The Garland Fire Department would like to congratulate Recruit Class 47 on their graduation from the fire academy. A ceremony was held May 6, and graduates will be attending EMT school or head to the stations to begin their careers. Best of luck to each and every one of you!

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City Employee Recognized for Excellence in Neighborhood Service

April 24, 2015 

<p>On April 21,&nbsp;Mayor Douglas Athas awarded Reinaldo Zavala with the Excellence in Neighborhood Service Award as an excellent representative of the City of Garland. Zavala's friendly customer service and volunteerism have enhanced the Animal Services Department's ability to engage Garland residents.</p>

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Council Member B.J. Williams Earns NLC Certificate

March 20, 2015 

The Mayor and several members of the Garland City Council recently attended the National League of Cities (NLC) conference in Washington, D.C. District 4 Council Member B.J. Williams brought home a special honor from the trip—He earned his Bronze Certificate from the NLC University program.

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Library Receives 2014 Achievement of Excellence Award

March 20, 2015 

For the tenth consecutive year, Garland’s Nicholson Memorial Library System is a recipient of the Achievement of Excellence in Libraries Award. The Texas Municipal Library Directors Association presents the award to libraries that have demonstrated service excellence through the attainment of specific service criteria

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How We Grow Garland: Office of Emergency Management

February 6, 2015 

The Office of Emergency Management (OEM) staffers are sometimes called “professional paranoids,” but their job is to identify, prepare for, respond to and manage recovery from the emergency situations that impact our community. Such preparation is critical for any efforts to Grow Garland so that the City will be ready to conduct business and support the community in response to any crisis.

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Pet Adoption Center Offers Extended Hours

January 21, 2015 

The Pet Adoption Center located at 813 Main St. is now open Saturdays! In an effort to find homes for as many animals as possible, the Pet Adoption Center has extended its work hours to include Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m

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Garland Recognized for Financial Transparency

January 21, 2015 

The State Comptroller has granted the Platinum Leadership Circle Award to the City of Garland. The designation is awarded to local governments that implement financial transparency reporting in an accessible format that adheres to specific reporting standards.

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Garland's GREAT Homes Project Earns National Award

January 21, 2015 

The partnership between the City of Garland’s GREAT Homes Program and Green Extreme Homes has earned the Audrey Nelson Community Development Award from the National Community Development Association. The award was presented in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 23, 2015.

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Parks Department Earns LERN Award

December 11, 2014 

Learning Resources Network (LERN) selected the City of Garland’s Parks and Recreation Department as the top winner for management practices among lifelong learning and continuing education providers.

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City of Garland Earns Video Awards

December 11, 2014 

The City of Garland is adding four new trophies to its collection from the annual statewide Government Programming Awards. The awards were presented at the Texas Association of Telecommunications Officers & Advisors (TATOA) conference in early November.

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Garland Home Recevies Housing Innovation Award

October 23, 2014 
Garland is home to a national role model for energy efficiency. A 1953 home in Garland’s English Estates neighborhood is the first to be recognized by the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Zero Energy Ready Home program as a high performance certified retrofit.
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Efficiency Idea Book - Another Winner!

September 18, 2014 
Garland’s Idea Book series has produced another winner, this time on the international stage. The Efficiency Idea Book, the latest in the series, has been awarded Silver for the Best Government Publication, Print or Digital in the Content Marketing Awards.
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Public Education Efforts Win National Award

August 22, 2014 
The National Environmental Health Association recognized the City of Garland with its Educational Contribution Award for its efforts to inform and educate the public about mosquito control and prevention of mosquito-borne illnesses.
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Great Ideas Made Here!

August 18, 2014 
Garland’s award-winning Residential Idea Book has spun off a sequel. The Efficiency Idea Book helps Garland residents improve water and energy efficiency within their homes. The book includes do-it-yourself projects, family activities and much more.
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Using Tax Dollars Efficiently

July 3, 2014 
The City of Garland organization provides a wide range of services ranging from Animal Services to Water Utilities, employing 2,000 people. The City’s Purchasing and Warehouse Departments make sure all of these departments are able to affordably and legally procure the materials and services they need to operate.
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City Wins State Awards for Publications and Website

June 25, 2014 
The Public & Media Relations Department won the first-place TAMI Award for Internal Communications for its employee newsletter and weekly employee email at the Texas Association of Municipal Information Officers (TAMIO) Conference in Richardson.
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City Council Recognizes Neighborhood Service

June 12, 2014 
Garland City Council awarded Donna Fields the 2013 Excellence in Neighborhood Service Award. Mayor Douglas Athas, on behalf of the City Council, recognized Fields for going “above and beyond” the expectations and duties of her position as plans examiner in the Building Inspections Department.
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Garland Arts Website Earns Award

February 27, 2014 
The Granville Arts Center is adding another award to its trophy case. The Texas Recreation and Park Society (TRAPS) presented Arts Center representatives with the Best Web Site Award on Feb. 21 in Corpus Christi.
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The Atrium Earns Choice Awards Honor

February 20, 2014 
WeddingWire, the nation’s leading online wedding marketplace named The Atrium at the Granville Arts Center as a winner of the prestigious WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards 2014 for wedding venues in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex.
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Garland Power & Light Recognized for Reliability

March 29, 2013 
Garland Power & Light is one of 184 of the nation’s more than 2,000 public power utilities to earn Reliable Public Power Provider (RP3®)1 recognition from the American Public Power Association for providing consumers with the highest degree of reliable and safe electric service.
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Department Wins State Awards

March 27, 2013 
The City of Garland Parks, Recreation & Cultural Arts Department (PRCAD) was honored with 2 awards at the annual Texas Recreation & Park Society (TRAPS) state conference held in Lubbock, March 6-8, 2013.
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