Town Yearly Awards - 2018
CNN Money Magazine Names Flower Mound No. 16 on 'Best Places to Live' List
CNN Money Magazine named Flower Mound No. 16 on the publication’s annual “Best Places to Live List,” which chooses 50 cities from the country to make the prestigious list. Flower Mound is one of only two Texas cities to make the list, following Frisco at No. 1. CNN Money Magazine said Flower Mound, “has ultra-high school graduation rates, and modest home prices” in addition to plenty of indoor and outdoor activities, including water-skiing, camping, biking, The River Walk, Bottle and Bottega, the newly opened Play Street Museum, and many more. For more information, visit here.
No. 6 'Best Place to Visit in U.S.'
Travel website Livability.com, ranked Flower Mound No. 6 on its national list of “Best Places to Visit” after examining 2,000 small and mid-sized cities. Criteria examined by analysts included the community’s entertainment industry, cultural offerings, golf courses and parks, ease of transportation, crime rate, and climate. Flower Mound is the only Texas community to make the top 10, praised for outdoor recreation opportunities provided by the many parks and trails, Bridlewood Golf Club, Tour 18 Dallas, and the Community Activity Center just to name a few. The article also noted the River Walk development as an amenity to look forward to when construction is complete. Newport Beach, CA took the No. 1 spot on this list. The full study can be found here.
CNN Money Magazine Names Flower Mound Best Retirement Location for Encore Workers
CNN Money Magazine named Flower Mound the best retirement location for encore workers in the publication’s “Best Places to Retire List,” which chose eight cities from around the country based off of different retirement plans and interests to make the list. CNN Money Magazine said Flower Mound “is one of the fastest-growing markets in the U.S., with jobs projected to grow 16.1% by 2026” contributing to major employers within the Town, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital of Flower Mound, the Best Buy Distribution Center, and Stryker Communications. Flower Mound is the only Texas city to make the list. For more information, visit here.
No. 1 'Most Livable Small City in the U.S.'According to a study by SmartAsset, an online personal finance company, Flower Mound is the No. 1 “Most Livable Small City in the U.S.” Researchers examined cities with populations between 65,000 and 99,000, comparing 11 key factors including: median home value to median income ratio, concentration of entertainment, restaurants, and health care establishments, and unemployment rate, among others. The article praises Flower Mound for its positive economic climate, low unemployment rate, and affordable housing relative to the average income. Flower Mound is the only Texas community in the top 10, with Mansfield, Texas coming in at No. 12. The full study can be found here.
No. 9 ‘Safest Cities in Texas’
According to SafeWise, a community-focused security organization, Flower Mound is ranked No. 9 on its “Texas’s 50 Safest Cities of 2018” list. This is the fourth consecutive time Flower Mound ranked in the top 10 of SafeWise’s annual report. To compile the list, SafeWise used the most recent FBI crime data from 2016 and population data to analyze and rank each city. For more information, visit the full report.
No. 5 ‘Best Places to Live in Texas’
In June, WalletHub ranked Flower Mound No. 5 on the “Best Places to Live in Texas” list. To create the list, WalletHub compared 117 of the largest cities in Texas based in a variety of categories, including family life and fun, education, health and safety, affordability, and socioeconomic environment. Frisco ranked No. 1 on the list.
No. 1 'Lowest Drunk Driving Fatality Rate in TX'
According to a study by Sutliff & Stout, an injury and accident law firm, Flower Mound ranks No. 1 on the “Lowest Drunk Driving Fatality Rate” in Texas. Researchers used Texas Department of Transportation data to determine the number of alcohol related crashes from 2013 to 2017 for cities with a population of 50,000 or more. Once they were able to determine the average number of drunk driving fatalities each year for a given city, they divided that by the total population, then by 100,000 to determine drunk driving fatalities per 100,000 residents. Flower Mound ranks 0.28 drunk driving deaths per 100,000 residents each year, followed by North Richland Hills at No. 2 with 0.29, and Frisco at No. 3 with a score of 0.51. The Texas City with the highest drunk driving fatality rate is Odessa with 6.26 annual drunk driving deaths per 100,000 residents. The full study can be found here.
No. 10 Safest City in Texas
According to HomeSnacks.net, a website that combines data about U.S. cities into bite-sized articles, Flower Mound is the No. 10 safest city in Texas. With the largest population of any city ranking in the top 30, Flower Mound had low scores in both violent crimes per capita and property crimes per capita. To complete the study, HomeSnacks analyzed 331 cities in Texas with a population of more than 5,000 using the latest FBI crime data. To learn more, please visit https://www.homesnacks.net/cities/safest-places-in-texas/.
Flower Mound Earns 10 National Awards for Video Programming
The Flower Mound Communications Department took home a record 10 national awards (6 first place, 4 second place) at the recent National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors conference (NATOA) earlier this month. Flower Mound took home the second-most trophies out of any municipality in Texas, behind the City of Austin. This was the first time the Flower Mound was a finalist in the Overall Programming Excellence, which judges FMTV programming as a whole.
Flower Mound was recognized with the following awards:
Category 11 - Student/ Intern:
- First Place "Around Town"
Category 25 - Profile of a City/County Dept.
- First Place "Meet the Team: Tyler Carroll"
Category 29 - Public Safety
- First Place "Turkey Fryer Fail"
Category 38 - Public Education
Category 42 - Community Awareness
- First Place "Twin Coves - Time Stands Still"
Category 51 - Use of Humor
- Second Place "Turkey Fryer Fail"
Category 61 - Public Service Announcement (Operating Budget Under $200,000)
- First Place "Fireworks Safety: Keeping your July Fourth Safe"
- Second Place "Twin Coves Park - Time Stands Still"
Category 67 - Programming Excellence
- Second Place "Town of Flower Mound"
Flower Mound Communications Most-Awarded Municipality at State Conference
The Town of Flower Mound Communications Department recently received 18 awards, including 10 first-place awards, at the Texas Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (TATOA) annual conference. Flower Mound was the most-awarded municipality of the state conference for the third consecutive year, and set a new record for the most TATOA awards staff has received in a single year. In fact, staff took home first and second in three categories and first and third in two other categories.
For the second time, Flower Mound Communications took home the most prestigious first place trophy of the night, the Overall Excellence in Programming award, which judges a municipality’s video programming as a whole.
Other first place video project awards include:
- Public Health/Public Safety - Fireworks Safety
- Public Education – Turkey Fryer Fail
- Profile of an Organization/Department – Meet the Team
- Special Audience – Level Up: Library Program
- Magazine Format Series – Town Matters
- Student/Intern Production – Around Town: Post Oak Park
- Public Service Announcement – Twin Coves: Time Stands Still
- Documentary - Meet the Team
- Event Program Promotion: Level Up - Library Program
In addition, the Town also received three second place awards, and five third place awards for additional video projects. Watch all the award-winning videos and more by subscribing to the Town of Flower Mound YouTube channel.
Flower Mound Receives Five National Awards for Video Programming
The Town of Flower Mound Communications Department was honored to receive five national awards (three first places, one second, and one third) for its video programming from the City-County Communications and Marketing Association (3CMA) earlier this month. The Savvy Awards, held in conjunction with 3CMA’s annual conference, recognize outstanding local government achievements in communications, public-sector marketing, and citizen-government relationships.
- Savvy Award for Video (Education/Training): “Fireworks Safety” and
- Award of Excellence for Video (Education/Training): “Turkey Fryer Fail”
- Savvy Award for Video (Regularly Scheduled Programming): “Meet the Team”
- Savvy Award for Video (Public Service Announcement): “Turkey Fryer Fail”
- Silver Circle Award for Video (Public Service Announcement): “Fireworks Safety"
This is the most the Town has received at the 3CMA national conference. Flower Mound was one of only two Texas cities to come home with three or more first place awards. There were more than 740 entries in the 2018 3CMA Savvy Awards competition, from two countries and 198 cities/counties.
Communications Department Earns State Accolades
The Flower Mound Communications Department took home six trophies, including four first place awards, at the Texas Association of Municipal Information Officers (TAMIO) conference. Flower Mound was the second most-awarded municipality for number of first place accolades.
The Town was honored in the following categories:
- First Place – Public Service Announcement (Educational) Video – Turkey Fryer Fail
- First Place – Regular or Recurring Program – Meet the Team
- First Place – Special or One-Time Program – Turkey Fryer Fail
- First Place – Best Use of Humor (Video) – Turkey Fryer Fail
- Third Place – Public Service Announcement (Marketing) Video – Twin Coves Park
- Third Place – Print Report – 2016 Annual Report
TAMIO is a network of communications professionals dedicated to informing Texas citizens of important issues in municipal government. Flower Mound Director of Communications Molly Fox serves as the Region 2 Director on the TAMIO Board, representing all of North Texas. To view all of Flower Mound’s award-winning programming, visit the Town’s YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/user/TownOfFlowerMound.
Flower Mound Parks and Recreation Earns 3 Awards at Regional Conference
Flower Mound Parks and Recreation took home three awards during the Texas Recreation and Park Society (TRAPS) North Region conference on Friday, October 19. Each year, the TRAPS North Region recognizes and honors Parks and Recreation departments across North Texas. Flower Mound Parks and Recreation was recognized with the following awards:
- Recreation Facility Design Excellence Award – Twin Coves Park
- Park Professional of the Year – Gary Sims (Flower Mound’s Executive Director of Community Services, now retired)
- Promotional Award – Independence Fest