City leaders expect Friday to receive the Community of the Year award from the American Association of Planners – Texas Chapter during the group’s annual conference in Fort Worth.
The awards program recognizes individuals, organizations and communities for outstanding contributions to planning for Texas’ growth.
Tyler is being recognized for its Industry Growth Initiative plan, launched in 2010 as a cooperative effort between city leaders and several community boards, officials said.
“I don’t know of another time in Tyler’s history that so many of its elected boards held a joint meeting to adopt a single measure,” Mayor Barbara Bass said in a prepared statement. “This level of support demonstrated the need for the entire community to speak with one voice and work cooperatively for the sake of Tyler’s economic future.”
The idea to create the Industry Growth Initiative was hatched in 2009 during talks between the mayor and state Sen. Kevin Eltife, R-Tyler, who sought assistance from local elected and appointed leaders.
Strategies outlined in the report focus on higher education, health care and bio-med, tourism, arts and entertainment, energy, retirement, infrastructure and transportation.
Participants in the planning process represent the Tyler City Council, Smith County Commissioners Court, Tyler Independent School District, Tyler Junior College, the Tyler Metro Chamber of Commerce and the Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce, The University of Texas – Tyler, UT Health Science Center, Texas College, East Texas Medical Center Regional Healthcare System, Tyler Economic Development Council and Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics to name a few.