Mayor John Giles attend the 87th Annual United States Conference of Mayors (USCM) meeting where hundreds of mayors gathered to discuss immigration, trade, affordable housing, Census 2020 and jobs.
During the meeting, winners were announced for the 2019 City Livability Award. The award recognizes mayoral leadership in developing and implementing programs that improve the quality of life in America's cities, focusing on the leadership, creativity and innovation demonstrated by the mayors. This year's winning cities were selected by former mayors from a pool of more than 100 applicants.
This is the 40th year cities have competed for the award, which is sponsored by USCM and Waste Management, Inc.
Mayor Giles was awarded the Outstanding Achievement 2019 Large City Livability Award for Mesa's Community Court Program. The program helps break the jail cycle by addressing the causes of homelessness, addiction and mental illness rather than issuing fines and jail sentences.
"Mesa's Community Court is creating real change for our residents," Mayor John Giles said. "It is an honor to be recognized by my peers at USCM."
Also, during the USCM summer meeting, Mayor Giles received the Chairman's Award from the Latino Leaders Network (LLN). The Chairman's Award honors mayors who show outstanding leadership, dedication to inclusion and friendship with the Latino community.
"Mesa is diverse, and I believe that our Latino community helps us be a vibrant, interesting and economically robust city," Giles said. "I am proud to receive the 2019 Chairman's Award from the LLN."
The Latino Leaders Network is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to "Bringing Leaders Together" to establish relationships, build unity and share personal stories since 2004.
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