Budget presentation award

The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) has presented the City of Rockport with a Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for the budget developed by Finance Director Katie Griffin and her staff.

According to GFOA, the award represents a significant achievement in that it reflects the commitment of the governing body and staff to meeting the highest principles of governmental budgeting.

To be eligible, the city had to satisfy nationally recognized guidelines for effective budget presentation. These guidelines are designed to assess how well an entity’s budget serves as a policy document, financial plan, operations guide, and communications device.

GFOA is a professional association servicing the needs of nearly 19,000 appointed and elected local, state, and provincial-level government officials and other finance practitioners. It provides top quality publications, training programs, services, and products designed to enhance the skills and performance of those responsible for government finance policy and management.

Planning excellence recognition

For the second year in a row, the City of Rockport Planning Department was selected by the Texas Chapter of the American Planning Association to receive its 2020 Certificate of Achievement for the Richard R. Lillie, FAICP Program for Planning Excellence, which recognizes planning excellence in municipalities throughout Texas. Rockport was one of 30 government entities to receive the recognition, and the only municipality in the Coastal Bend.

Evaluation criteria include the level of training of Planning Commissioners and professional staff, professional qualifications of the planning staff, breadth and currency of master plan components, and completion of other planning related projects. The goals of the program include:

• Increasing community awareness of the importance of planning

• Recognizing planning departments, which meet certain professional requirements

• Recognizing planning efforts that have achieved community support

• Encouraging the funding of professional training for Planning Commissioners and staff, and

• Aiding economic development and community image

In 2019, the City of Rockport was also presented a Silver Medal Resilience Award, which recognized a strategy that increases the ability of a community to recover from, and adapt to shocks and stresses (natural disasters, human-caused disasters, climate changes, etc.), resulting in it becoming stronger and better prepared.

Additionally, Community Planner Amanda Torres was presented the Texas Chapter Award by the organization’s Executive Committee in 2017.

The American Planning Association and the Texas Chapter, through their member’s knowledge and experience in planning, help to shape communities and environments that are responsive to the needs and problems of society.

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