City Manager Selected by National Organization for Prestigious Honor
Joyce A. Wilson, City Manager for El Paso, was recently selected as a Fellow-Elect of the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA). A 20-year veteran in the Public Administration field, Wilson's merits were recognized not only by the three-member team of current NAPA fellows that submitted her nomination, but through her selection to this prestigious organization. Among the reasons listed, Wilson's commitment to service and citizen empowerment, knowledge of the global political economy, and ability to perform as a dynamic and productive leader, manager and public servant were highlighted.
"It is a tremendous honor to be nominated by my peers as a fellow for the National Academy of Public Administration," said Wilson. "This has been a great year for me both personally and professionally. The NAPA nomination is a great professional achievement."
The National Academy of Public Administration is an independent, non-partisan organization chartered by Congress to assist federal, state and local governments in improving their effectiveness, efficiency and accountability. The Academy's most distinctive feature is its membership of 550 Fellows, which include current and former White House Cabinet officers, members of Congress, Governors, Mayors, state legislators, diplomats, business executives, local public managers, foundation executives and scholars.
Wilson, who has served the City of El Paso for just over two years, was recognized earlier this year with the Texas City Management Association's Administrator of the Year Award for the state of Texas, and with the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce's Vision for Excellence award.
Upcoming City Meetings & Events:
- For a listing of City Meetings, City Council Meetings or community
- To find out what City events are happening in a neighborhood near you, visit the City Events Calendar.
- Do You Have Neighborhood Needs? CDBG Funding Available
$2.5 Million in CDBG funding is available for low-and moderate-income neighborhoods. Your neighborhood may be eligible for funding with the 33rd Year (2007-2008) Community Development Block Grant Program.
- Storm 2006: Final Community Distribution of Paint to be Held
A community initiative, initialized by Kwal Paint and developed in conjunction with the City and other local agencies, offers free paint and painting supplies to those residents affected by the flooding event eariler this year. Find out more on how to pick up paint to help refinish your home or business post-storm.
Public Safety & Health:
- Be Prepared for Emergencies Year-round
From the Office of Emergency Management
The Office of Emergency Management gives several emergency preparedness presentations every month. Among the many questions that arise during these discussions, one of the most common is "Why do I need to prepare for a disaster, nothing ever happens in El Paso." After dealing with our recent flooding, I challenge anyone in our community to ask that question again.
- Hazardous Materials Spills & Shelter-In-Place
The El Paso area has tremendous amounts of hazardous materials transported on our roadways every day. These hazardous materials present not only a potential for loss of life but also significant environmental exposure. In the event of a hazardous materials spill or roadway accident, you may be asked to Shelter-In-Place.
- Pet Care-A-Van Offers Dog and Cat Spay/Neuter Services
Services are being offered by the City-County Health and Environmental District to help residents spay and neuter their animals. Learn more about this service and when you can take advantage.
- El Paso Fire Department - Open House 2006
With September as "Emergency Preparedness Month" and the week of October 9th as "Fire Prevention Week," the El Paso Fire Department held "Open House 2006."
Development & Infrastructure:
- City of El Paso Finalist for National Award
The City was recently notified that the Plaza Theatre Performing Arts Centre Project is a finalist for the National League of Cities, 2006 Awards for Municipal Excellence.
- City Employees/Members of the Borderland Inspectors Association Team-up to Help
City employees/members of the Borderland Inspectors Association recently presented a formal donation to the Salvation Army towards the continued local Storm 2006 relief efforts.
- City of El Paso, Ft. Bliss and School District Consortium: Working Together Towards Growth
The creation of a new collaborative between the City of El Paso, Fort Bliss and each of the 9 regional School Districts seeks to combine local resources to prepare the community for Fort Bliss growth.
- Eastside Median Project: Beautifying the Cityscape
As part of the City's continual effort to enrich the community's landscape, a median improvement project began last year, revitalizing streets on the eastside. The George Dieter, Montwood and Pebble Hills Median Landscaping Project is reaching completion, enhancing the operational and aesthetic conditions of these streets.
- DSD Now Offers Customers More Automated Functions
In an effort to continue improving customer service initiatives at the One-Stop-Shop, as of mid-August the Development Services Department has implemented the capability to automate Grading Permits and Stormwater Prevention and Pollution Permits.
- Sun Metro UTEP Football Shuttle
Catch a ride on the Sun Metro UTEP Football Shuttle this season. The Shuttle will run from the Union Plaza Transit Terminal, located at 400 West San Antonio, starting three hours before kick-off.
Quality of Life:
- 32nd Annual RSVP Banquet Honors Dedicated Volunteers
The Annual Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) Volunteer Recognition Banquet was a big hit. Volunteers that have been involved in this beneficial program were honored.
- Soliciation of Applications: El Paso Metnal Health/Mental Retardation Center (EPMHMR) Board of Trustees
The City of El Paso is soliciting applications for the potential appointment of two (2) positions on the Board of Trustees of the El Paso Mental Health/Mental Retardation Center (EPMHMR).
- 2nd Year of Project FOCUS Senior Peer Counseling Program
Project FOCUS Senior Peer Counseling Program is recruiting volunteers 60 years of age and over to receive training on peer counseling techniques and skills. The intensive training session, based on a training manual developed by the Center for Healthy Aging in California over 20 years ago, has received national recognition for its success in providing an alternate counseling approach for older adults.
- Celebration of Our Mountains in Collaboration with the City of El Paso Museums and Cultural Affairs Department (MCAD) Kicks-off its 13Th Annual Festival of Outdoor Exploration and Discovery
The City Museums and Cultural Affairs Department has joined forces with Celebration of Our Mountains to promote the seven-week adventure-packed festival, which offers residents and visitors opportunities to explore the incredible outdoor treasures of the Paso del Norte Region.
- El Paso Public Library Upcoming Events
The El Paso Public Library is proud to invite the public to numerous activities this month.
- Celebrate Día de los Muertos on Both Sides of the Border
The Museums and Cultural Affairs Department invites you to participate in the Mexican tradition Día de los Muertos. The celebration will take place through a series of bi-national events created just for you and your family. Come enjoy and learn about the beauty of this ancient tradition!
- Mexican Modern Exhibition at EPMA
The El Paso Museum of Art is pleased to serve as the last of only two venues in the United States for Mexican Modern: Masters of the 20th Century. Comprised of more than 60 works, the exhibition showcases the work of 26 artists active between the years 1920 and 1955.
- Amigo Man and El Paso Neighborhood Coalition
The Amigo Man, while spreading the spirit of happiness around the city, recently had the opportunity to meet with the Neighborhood Coalition.
- Parks and Recreation News
From new programs to renovations on existing facilities, Parks and Recreation is pleased to share the latest news on the Department.
- Parks and Recreation Community Events
The Parks and Recreation Department invites the entire El Paso community to participate in various community events being offered this month.
- Participate in an Activity Offered by Parks and Rec!
Are you looking for a new and exciting activity to join? Look no further! Parks and Recreation facilities offer various options that you can take advantage of right in your own neighborhood!!
- Celebrate Halloween with Parks and Rec!
Halloween Happiness is in the air, with Parks and Recreation offering Halloween alternatives for kids around the city. Find out what SPOOKY activities are being offered at a center near you!