Turlock Now: City wins City Livability Awards honor

Posted by Marijke Rowland on June 24, 2013 

DEBBIE NODA/Modesto Bee The Carnegie Arts Center in Turlock.

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The Carnegie Arts Center has helped Turlock get recognized in the national City Livability Awards Program.

Mayor John Lazar and the City of Turlock were recognized by the United States Conference of Mayors with an honorable mention in its 2013 City Livability Awards at its annual meeting in Las Vegas.

“Our City Livability Awards Program gives the Conference the opportunity to highlight mayoral leadership in making urban areas cleaner, safer, and more livable,” said Tom Cochran, CEO and Executive Director of the Conference of Mayors in a statement. “(And) the opportunity to showcase the creativity and commitment of mayors and city governments across the country.”

Turlock was recognized for its development of the Carnegie Arts Center. Since its opening in September 2011, the center has had more than 15,000 visitors and hosted exhibits by internationally acclaimed artists like Edgar Degas and Ansel Adams. For its two-year anniversary in September the center will open a national tour of ceramic work by iconic artist Pablo Picasso.

The Conference of Mayors recognizes one city with a population over 100,000 and one less than 100,000 as its first-place winners in the City Livability Award each year. In addition it recognizes five cities in each population category for “Outstanding Achievement Awards” and five in each for “Honorable Mention” citations. 

Philadelphia and Jackson, Tenn. were named the 2013 “Most Livable” large and small cities, respectively.

More than 200 cities nationwide applied for the City Livability Awards Program this year. Turlock received an honorable mention in the under 100,000 population cities category.

“I am extremely proud to represent our City in receiving this acknowledgment of the Carnegie Arts Center,” Turlock Mayor John Lazar said in a statement. “We should all be proud of the arts in Turlock and I take particular pride in being Turlock’s Mayor!”

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