Ten Louisiana municipal governments – White Castle, Plaquemine, Natchitoches, Bossier City, Sterlington, Grambling, New Llano, Patterson, Bastrop, and Monroe – took home Community Achievement Awards, the Louisiana Municipal Association’s most prestigious award for outstanding municipal improvements and accomplishments.
The City of Natchitoches won the Community Development Category for the Rue Beauport Redevelopment, “Where New Meets Old,” in cities with a population of 10,0001 to 25,000. The top honors of the night went to the Town of Jean Lafitte, who took home the LMA’s 17th Annual “Best of Show Award” for its “Phase III of the Fisher Basin Tidal Levee Protection Project.”
This initiative completes the final phase in a ring protection levee that will protect almost all of the town’s government and civic buildings, schools, health center, fire department, police station, three churches and over 300 residential homes from tidal flooding. Over 1,200 delegates assembled in the Lake Charles Convention Center for the LMA Community Achievement Awards.
“The Community Achievement Awards show that these municipalities have put a lot of hard work and dedication into bettering their communities,” said Mayor Lawrence Henagan (DeQuincy), LMA Immediate Past President. “I commend the winners on their foresight and vision. The competition through the years has really gotten pretty tough and this is a nice reward for hard work.”
The announcement of LMA’s Community Achievement Awards was made Thursday night, August 2, at the annual banquet of LMA’s 81st annual convention at the Lake Charles Convention Center. The convention drew some 1,500 delegates, spouses, dignitaries – including Governor John Bel Edwards – exhibitors, and guests.
The LMA’s annual awards program recognizes municipalities for outstanding achievement in basic services, community development, and economic development. Within these categories, awards are presented in four population subcategories.