PLAINFIELD, NJ – The City of Plainfield received two awards at City Hall on Thursday, both the City Livability and CommunityWINS, at a ceremony hosted by the U.S. Conference of Mayors. Plainfield had been selected at this year’s U.S. Conference of Mayors Conference in June to honor the Queen City’s success with the Quality of Life Task Force, and at the Second Street Youth Center.
According to the media advisory, The Livability Award honors Mayors who display exceptional leadership abilities by creating initiatives that make their cities safer, cleaner, and overall more livable. the Quality of Life Task Force, implemented by City of Plainfield Mayor, Adrian O. Mapp, is recognized for bringing these qualities to the city.
The CommunityWINS award recognizes cities that “drive neighborhood stabilization, economic development, and job creation.” The award consists of a $50,000 grant to be used by the Second Street Youth Center for their Pathways to Stabilization initiative. The funds will enable the Second Street Youth Center to expand its Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM) programs for children and other like initiatives.
Mayor Adrian O. Mapp kicked off Thursday's award ceremony by saying his administration has been attending the conference annually since he assumed office in 2014 in order to take advantage of the significant benefits and grant opportunities.
“We are very fortunate to be the recipients of these awards, and our partnership with the U.S. Conference of Mayors has paid dividends for the City of Plainfield.”
It is not the first time that the city has won awards at the conference. In 2016, Plainfield won 2nd Place for the Color Me Healthy Program, an evidence-based physical activity and nutrition program for preschool and kindergarten students that resulted in a $25,000 award prize.
Mapp added that the Quality of Life task force was created from a collaboration of departments and agencies aimed at making a significant impact on the upkeep of both residential and commercial properties across the city.
“We have had great success with the program, led by Oren Dabney, Director of Public Works,” said Mapp.
Eugene T. Lowe, Assistant Executive Director of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, said that it is very rare to have a city win two awards at one conference, and it is a very impressive achievement.
“I could not help but to be impressed by the amount of passion Mayor Mapp has for the City,“ Lowe said.
He continued to say that Plainfield was selected from a pool of 130 cities for the small city award.
Stephen L. Ball, Senior Vice President, State and Local Government Relations at Wells Fargo, presented the CommunityWINS award for $50,000.
Ball said, “It is fantastic to see such a meaningful change for long-term progress being made in Plainfield, and providing STEAM education programs and an opportunity to apply those skills creates a positive the ripple effect in the life of a child.”
Leah Dade, Executive Director SSYC, thanked the U.S. Conference of Mayors and partners for helping to bridge the development gap. Funding recently included 30 laptops, and the ability to purchase robotics programs and coding equipment for the pre-school classrooms. The award also provides resources for parents who need emergency funding and resources.
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