Two medals were awarded to San Antonio by the National League of Cities (NLC) for action taken to improve access to healthy affordable food and increase opportunities for physical activity. These medals were awarded because of San Antonio’s achievements in having an active interagency collaboration on early care and education programs and for having more than 90 percent of public schools in San Antonio participating in the School Breakfast Program.
Animal Care Services (ACS)
The City’s Animal Care Services won the 2012 ASPCA Rachael Ray $100K Challenge because of its high live release rate. The City’s shelter finished first nationwide and in the South Central Division in which 50 animal shelters worked to increase adoptions in order to win a portion of the more than $500,000 in prize grants.
Capital Improvements Management Services (CIMS)
Several accolades were awarded to the CIMS Department this past year;
- The Public Safety Headquarters building was selected by the Downtown Alliance for the Local Downtown Best Award.
- With a cost of $50.9 million, the Public Safety Headquarters is state-of-the-art facility with unique security and safety considerations. The City was recognized with the National Design-Build Award from the Design-Build Institute of America. The 243,000 sq. ft. building serves as the headquarters for the City's Police and Fire Departments, and houses Unity Plaza, an art piece by internationally-recognized artist JEFRE, featuring a multi-colored light beacon and a mosaic map of the city.
- The CIMS Downtown Transportation Study also received two awards: a 2013 Transportation Planning Award from the Institute of Transportation Engineers and the local Innovative Transportation Solutions Award from Women in Transportation. The Downtown Transportation Study is a “DO IT” response to the SA2020 challenge “DREAM IT, MAP IT, DO IT.” SA2020 is a community vision for the future of San Antonio. Safe and efficient downtown transportation can catalyze new development and help transform the downtown experience for residents, business owners, employees and tourists alike. The Study will align with the Hemisfair Park Area Framework and Master Plan, VIA Streetcar and Multimodal Plans and the City’s new Bicycle Master Plan and Complete Streets Policy.
- Capital Improvements Management Services Engineer Bianca Thorpe was highlighted in the fall 2012 issue of Women Engineer Magazine. The profile highlighted her experience with the City, the positive impact engineers have on the infrastructure of San Antonio and what it takes for more women to join the engineering field. ,
Communications & Public Affairs
The City's Communications and Public Affairs Department (CPA) was designated a “Citizen-Engaged Community” by the Public Technologies Institute. CPA published its 311 Call Center performance center metrics; published a map view of all the service requests submitted through the 311 Call Center and self service portal; and released the 311 Mobile App.
Seven Business Leaders Profile pieces highlighting San Antonio’s strong leadership in local business were created and produced by CPA.
The Downtown Operations earned the 2013 Downtown Award in the Best Public/Private Partnership Event Series category for its Downtown Tuesday initiative.
A third “Gold” Circle Award in a row from the Comptroller of Public Accounts was given to the Finance Department in recognition of the City’s transparency efforts in the Texas Comptroller Leadership Circle Program.
It also earned its 36th consecutive Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Finance Reporting for its FY2011 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) from the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA).
The Purchasing Division received the Achievement of Excellence in Procurement (AEP) award for the 16th consecutive year in recognition of organizational excellence in public procurement.
Code for America selected the City of San Antonio as its most desired City to work with in 2014. Code for America is a non-profit organization that aims to improve the relationships between citizens and government.
The City’s Chief Technology Officer, Hugh Miller, was honored as 2013 IT Executive of the Year by InnoTech, Business & Technology innovation Conference & Expo.
Management and Budget
For the 30th year in a row, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has been honored with the Distinguished Budget Award from Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) for the FY 2013 budget.
In addition, the OMB received a Performance Measurement Certificate of Excellence Award for the second year in a row and was recognized for superior performance management efforts with a Certificate of Excellence from the International City/County Management Association (ICMA). San Antonio is one of 28 jurisdictions receiving this highest level of recognition this year. According to the ICMA, “Jurisdictions meeting the qualifications have demonstrated leadership in continuous improvement and community engagement, and they serve as examples for other governments to follow.”
Parks & Recreation Department
Coca-Cola awarded the Parks & Recreation Department an initial donation of $10,000 as a kick-off for its participation in the America’s Favorite Park contest. Over a period of six weeks, citizens were encouraged to be active and vote for the City's Woodlawn Lake Park through a variety of means. Woodlawn Lake Park will benefit from a Wild Card Award of $15,000 that it also received for finishing among the top 15 parks in the national contest.
The Department also won the Excellence in Innovative Programming Award from the National Park and Recreation Society (NRPA), for the Fitness in the Park program, Bicycle to Own program, and Take Note, the department’s youth music ensemble.
In addition, the Department won the following awards: the 2013 Texas Amateur Athletics Federation Gold Platinum Member City Award based on the 2012-2103 registration support from teams, individuals and TAAF training programs; the 2013 Texas Recreation and Park Society Park Design Excellence Award for the Mission Reach Restoration Project shared with San Antonio River Authority (SARA), Jacobs Engineering Group and Bexar County; and the TRAPS 2013 Arts and Humanities Award for Take Note Youth Music Ensemble.
Pre-K 4 SA
Pre-K 4 SA was named a "Top 10 State and Metropolitan Innovation to Watch in 2013" by The Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program and The Rockefeller Foundation. The distinction highlights the top 10 initiatives around the country that show the most promise for creating jobs, growing regional economies, and boosting global competitiveness in the coming year.
The Office of Sustainability’s San Antonio Bike program was recognized with the 2012 Project Planning Award by the American Planning Association Texas Chapter for its comprehensive bicycle master plan.
San Antonio B-Cycle, launched in 2011 as the first modern-day bike sharing system in Texas, has helped turn our city into a nationally-recognized bicycling community. The San Antonio Municipal Bike Share program won the Innovation/Sustainable Development Award from Sister Cities International.