Town Yearly Awards - 2019

No. 1 'Most Livable Small City in the U.S.'

For the second year in a row, Flower Mound has been named the No. 1 “Most Livable Small City in the U.S.,” according to a study by SmartAsset, an online personal finance company. Researchers examined cities with populations between 65,000 and 100,000, comparing 11 key factors including: median home value to median income ratio, concentration of entertainment, restaurants, and health care establishments, and unemployment rate. Flower Mound is the only Texas community in the top 10. View the full study here.

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No. 1 ‘Best City to Live in Texas’ 

Flower Mound is the No. 1 “Best City to Live in Texas,” according to ChamberofCommerce.org, a digital resource for small business owners and entrepreneurs. Researchers ranked over 2,500 cities in Texas by five factors to calculate the scores: housing, employment, quality of life, education, and health. The article states Flower Mound “boasts a strong economy drive by its retail sector and introduction of light industry in recent years. The advantages to moving to Flower Mound are high.” The full study can be found here

No. 1 'Safest City in Texas'

Flower Mound is the No. 1 safest city in Texas, according to a study by SafeHome, a research organization which studies home security equipment and monitoring plans. Researchers calculated safety scores by ranking 65 Texas communities with populations of at least 50,000 using the latest FBI crime data, population, and citizen-to-officer ratio. Flower Mound scored an impressive 90.42 and was recognized as one of the safest cities in the U.S. and the only Texas city in the top fifth percentile. Check out the full study here.

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No. 1 ‘Safest Texas City with a Population over 50,000’

According to The Home Security Advisor, a home security system ranking website, Flower Mound is the No. 1 “Safest City in Texas” with a population over 50,000. To complete the rankings, Home Security Advisor staff reviewed the latest FBI crime stats and compared both violent (aggravated assault, robbery, etc.) and property crimes (burglary, motor vehicle theft, arson). Flower Mound ranked No. 14 overall for cities with populations of 10,000 residents or more, and is the largest community in the top 20. The full study can be found here.

No. 2 'Happiest Small Town in America' 

Flower Mound is the No. 2 “Happiest Small Town in America,” according to a recent report by Top Counseling Schools, a website dedicated to providing information for counseling professionals and students. To complete their rankings, researchers used population, safety, education, median household income and property value, poverty rate, and employment rate statistics. Flower Mound is the highest ranked of three Texas cities to make the list. View the entire report here


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Platinum Level Scenic City Certification

Flower Mound earned its second consecutive platinum-level Scenic City certification from the Scenic City Program. Only 17 Texas municipalities have earned the platinum level certification, which helps improve property values, attract new businesses, and enhances economic development efforts. Scenic Texas, which coordinates the certification program, identified a direct correlation between the success of a community’s economic development efforts and the visual appearance of its public spaces. The certification program was developed to recognize municipalities that implement high-quality scenic standards for public roadways and public spaces.

The Scenic City application contains 73 possible criteria that earn points, including a high percentage of park and open space, implementation of multi-use trails and recreation areas, strong litter enforcement laws, street lighting standards, parking lot landscaping, utility line management, a budget that supports these programs and their ongoing maintenance, and more. Flower Mound was previously recognized with its first platinum Scenic City certification in 2014, which remained in effect for five years.

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No. 4 'Best Cities for Families'

Flower Mound is the No. 4 “Best Cities for Families,” according to a recent study by ApartmentList, a real estate website. The study ranked 552 U.S. cities on four key factors: safety, housing affordability, education quality, and child friendliness. Flower Mound received an overall score of 92.785 and is the top Texas city on the list. View the full study here.

No. 5 'Safest City to Raise a Child'

Flower Mound is the No. 5 “Safest City to Raise a Child” in the country, according to a study by SafeWise, a community-focused security organization. To compile the list, researchers examined the most recent FBI violent and property crimes data. In addition, Flower Mound is the only Texas community in the top 10. View the full study online

No. 16 ‘Safest Cities in Texas’

According to SafeWise, a community-focused security organization, Flower Mound is ranked No. 16 on its “Texas’s 50 Safest Cities of 2019” list. To compile the list, SafeWise used the most recent FBI crime data from 2017 and population data to analyze and rank each city. For more information, visit the full report.

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No. 24 'Top Boomtowns in America'

Flower Mound was ranked No. 24 by SmartAsset in its 2019 “Top Boomtowns in America” list. To conduct the study, the financial technology company analyzed economic data for 500 cities nationwide and examined unemployment rate, business growth, GDP growth, population change, housing development, and change in household income.

The DFW region claims five of the top 50 boomtowns nationwide. In addition to Flower Mound’s ranking, other top-ranking DFW boomtowns include Denton (#2), Frisco (#13), McKinney (#14), and Allen (#37). All five DFW cities have top 10 rates for five-year growth in the number of local businesses; Flower Mound experienced an approximate 18.6 percent increase in this category. View the full report online.

Flower Mound Recognized as 'Fiber-Friendly City'

Flower Mound was recognized as a “Fiber-Friendly City” by BroadbandNow, an online tool dedicated to comparing Internet service providers throughout the U.S. Cities are recognized as fiber-friendly if 90 percent or more of residents have access to at least one fiber broadband provider (almost 1,700 cities were overall recognized). Flower Mound, with 93.37 percent fiber availability, is the 16th most connected city in Texas, ahead of Lewisville (43), Southlake (55), Coppell (58), and Argyle (234). Read more about Flower Mound’s results online.

Parks and Recreation Takes Home Two State Awards

Congratulations to the Town’s Parks and Rec Department for winning two prestigious awards at the Texas Recreation and Park Society North Region conference. Flower Mound was recognized with the Lone Star Programming Award for its “FM Wild!” program as well as the “Committee’s Choice” award for the Chalk the Walk event. Both of these programs were new for 2019 and were a hit with residents.

The Texas Recreation and Park Society (TRAPS) is a nonprofit educational and professional organization to advance the profession of parks, recreation and leisure services in Texas.

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Communications Department Receives Top National Awards

The Town of Flower Mound Communications Department received three first place national awards and one second for its video programming and annual report from the City-County Communications and Marketing Association (3CMA) earlier this month. Flower Mound tied San Antonio for the most first place awards received at the national conference.

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.

There were more than 700 entries in the 2019 3CMA Savvy Awards competition, from two countries and more than 200 cities/counties.

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Flower Mound Earns 7 National Awards for Video Programming

The Flower Mound Communications Department took home seven national awards (four first place, three third place) at the recent National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors conference (NATOA) last month.

The Town was honored in the following categories:

Children/Young Adults

Student/Intern

Library

Profile of a City/County Department

Public Education

Community Awareness

Viral Video Challenge

NATOA is the premier local government professional association offering support regarding the many local, state, and federal communications laws, administrative rulings, judicial decisions, and technology issues impacting the interests of local governments.

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Communications Department Wins Top State Awards

The Flower Mound Communications Department took home five trophies, including four first place awards, at the 2019 Texas Association of Municipal Information Officers (TAMIO) Conference.

The Town was honored in the following categories:

The awards recognize outstanding communication by Texas communities in a variety of categories. Judging is conducted by non-TAMIO members with expertise in communications and municipal government. To view all of Flower Mound’s award-winning programming, visit the Town’s YouTube channel.

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Communications Receives 9 Top State Awards for Video Production 

The Town’s Communications Department recently took home nine awards, including six first-place awards, at the Texas Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (TATOA) annual conference.

For the second consecutive year, 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:

In addition, the Town also received two second place awards, one third place award, and two honorable mentions for additional video projects. Watch all the award-winning videos and more by subscribing to the Town of Flower Mound YouTube channel.

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