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    City of El Paso's Department of Community and Human Development to Receive National Award

    The National Community Development Association (NCDA) was awarded the City of El Paso's Department of Community and Human Development, along with three other winners, the John A. Sasso National Community Development Week Award. The award was presented on June 23, 2006 at the NCDA National Conference in Hollywood, Florida.

    The John A. Sasso National Community Development Award recognizes those communities that exemplify the spirit of the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program (a federal grant the City receives from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development or HUD) by showcasing its works through the activities and events during Community Development Week. To be eligible for the award, applicants must provide empirical evidence that highlights the City's dedication to positively affecting the lives of its lower income residents.

    City of El Paso's Department of Community and Human Development to Receive National Award The City of El Paso exemplifies all that National Community Development Week stands for. It encourages the participation of the community. It is also apparent that the City of El Paso has established many avenues of getting information and services to its citizens.

    In an effort to educate the public, media, federal, state and locally elected officials of the importance of CDBG funds, the City of El Paso's Department of Community and Human Development celebrated Community Development Week on April 17- 21. Apart from the week's activities, the Department of Community and Human Development, along with other non-profit agencies, participated in a petition drive aimed at saving our CDBG Program from further funding cuts by collecting signatures.

    The City's CD week included the following celebrations:

    MONDAY, APRIL 17TH o Centro San Vicente Ribbon Cutting Funded in the 30th CDBG Year 2004-2005 for $367,125 Project: Renovation of their pediatric section and completion of x-ray section

    TUESDAY, APRIL 18TH o City Council Chambers - City Hall 2 Civic Center Plaza City Council Proclamation - Proclaiming the week as Community Development Week in El Paso, and recognition of the Community Development Steering Committee

    City of El Paso's Department of Community and Human Development to Receive National Award WEDNESDAY, APRIL 19TH o Mesa Terrace Park - Park Improvements Ribbon Cutting Funded in the 30th CDBG Year 2004-2005 for $349,764 Project: Park Improvements to add ADA accessible plastic-coated benches, picnic units with shade canopy over playground equipment, lighting, trash receptacles, and park and rule signs.

    WEDNESDAY, APRIL 19TH o Center Against Family Violence Ribbon Cutting and Donor Recognition Funded in the 30th CDBG Year 2004-2005 for $521,567 Project: Renovation of administrative offices, conference and counseling rooms, childcare room, teen room, physical fitness room, therapy and support areas, offices for other agencies to relocate, 42 parking spaces including 2 handicap accessible spaces.

    THURSDAY, APRIL 20TH o City of El Paso's Department of Community and Human Development City Hall, 8th Floor OPEN HOUSE - Administrative Department of the Community Development Block Grant Program

    FRIDAY, APRIL 21ST o Borderland Park Neighborhood Block Party - in celebration of completed street and drainage improvements in the Borderland Area on Modesta Road and Arce Drive. Phase II and Phase III project design was funded for $249,859 in the 28th Year (2002-2003); Phase II construction of Modesta Road was funded in the 29th CDBG Year (2003-2004) for $937,500 and Phase III construction of Arce Drive was funded the 30th CDBG Year (2004-2005) for $850,312 Project: Construction included newly paved streets, sidewalks, curb and gutter, driveways, drainage system, streetlights, and traffic control signs.

    The award is named for John Sasso, the father and founder of the National Community Development Association (NCDA). NCDA is a national nonprofit organization comprised of more than 550 local governments across the country that administer federally-supported community and economic development, housing and human service programs, including programs of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), and the HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME) programs. Since 1968, NCDA has been at the forefront in securing effective and responsive housing and community development programs for local governments. The mission of the organization is to assist local governments to achieve high-quality, locally responsive programs for making communities better places to live and work, particularly for low- and moderate- income people.

    Upcoming City Meetings & Events:
    • For a listing of City Meetings, City Council Meetings or community meetings.
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    • To find out what City events are happening in a neighborhood near you, visit the City Events Calendar.

    Major Issues:
    • City Approves New Taxi Rate Revisions

      As of May 23, 2006, the City Council has approved an increase in current taxicab service rates, helping to address the increasing demands of fuel costs and other economic factors within the industry.

    Development & Infrastructure:
    • Staying in Compliance With City Codes: Information Every Homeowner Should Know
      As a homeowner and/or occupant of any property within the city limits you have some responsibilities that you may be unaware of to help keep our neighborhoods clean, safe and healthy so everyone can enjoy them.
    • Engineering Department Introduces New Traffic Circle
      The Engineering Department has implemented the first City project to feature a "traffic circle," providing an innovative alternative to calm traffic in neighborhoods.
    • Home Improvements Start with DSD: Carports
      With summer vacation to begin, home improvements are on the rise. The Development Services Department (DSD) would like to take this opportunity to remind the public that permits are required for most home improvements, including carports.
    • DSD to go Paperless: Update
      Progress continues in this first of its kind Development Services initiative to become a paperless operation.

    • For Fifth Year, FAA Reports That EPIA has Zero Compliance Deficiencies
      For the fifth consecutive year, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has rated the El Paso International Airport with zero compliance deficiencies.
    • Sun Metro: Beating the Heat
      Sun Metro has joined forces with the El Paso Extreme Weather Taskforce once again this summer in helping to raise awareness within the community about taking precautions during the heat.

    Quality of Life:
    • Your Zoo…on the Go!
      The El Paso Zoo comes to you with our Traveling Safari. Learn more about the Zoo and animals by getting up close and personal.
    • Join the Fun and Be a Volunteer
      The City's Community and Human Development Department offers seniors a variety of ways to join the fun and volunteer in their community.
    • Girders & Growth at the Zoo!
      Drive by the El Paso Zoo and you'll see the beginnings of construction. Heavy equipment and girders are visible from the street, as the Zoo readies for its Western Expansion.
    • Healthy Hearts With Parks Fun Walks
      The Parks and Recreation Department is now underway with year two of the Healthy Hearts and Parks Fun Walks in the City of El Paso. Join in on the fun!
    • Shelter Rentals at Parks and Recreation a Big Hit!
      Parks and Recreation offers parks shelters for rent, which are available in all areas of the city for a nominal fee.
    • Veterans Park Recreation Center to Re-Open
      The City of El Paso Parks and Recreation Department welcomes the re-opening of the recently renovated Veterans Park Recreation Center for the public.
    • Aquatic Facilities: Enjoying the Water During the Summer Months
      The City Parks and Recreation Department has its various aquatic facilities at full steam for the summer. Enjoy these facilities this summer!
    • Kids Can Also Enjoy Fun at Sacramento Senior Center
      Activities for kids and seniors are offered at Sacramento Senior Center. Find out more about the fun!
    • It is Never Too Early to Start Reading to Children!
      The El Paso Public Library's program, I'm Learning - Estoy Aprendiendo, is just one way parents can start their children off on the right foot.
    • Military & Law Enforcement Appreciation Day at the Zoo
      Join the El Paso Zoo on July 8th in celebrating those who serve our community through our Armed Forces and Law Enforcement.
    • Growling Good Time at the Tails of Africa Gala!
      A Tail of Good Times at Zoo Gala! The annual event was a success!
    • Parks and Recreation Department Closing Soccer Fields
      The City of El Paso Parks and Recreation Department will be closing eleven different fields in the City for the summer months to better serve the public during the upcoming soccer and football seasons in the fall. This will allow Soccer fields to be refurbished for seasons starting in September.
    • Museums & Cultural Affairs: Events to Take Advantage of This Summer
      The Museums and Cultural Affairs Department is offering numerous activities for the public to take advantage of this summer. From art to music to film, we've got it all!

    Financial & Administrative Services:
    • Budget Hearings Begin July 6
      Budget Hearings for the City of El Paso's 2007 Fiscal Year will begin Thursday, July 6, 2006 at 9:00 a.m. A Budget Overview will be given at this first hearing. All Budget Hearings are open to the public.

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