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City of Huntington Now Offers Safety Town Sponsorship Packages

December 10, 2018

City of Huntington Now Offers Safety Town Sponsorship Packages

The City of Huntington now offers a variety of sponsorship packages for corporate donors and the general public to help continue operations and educational programming at Safety Town.

The sponsorships will help support summer camps at Safety Town, which will begin in 2019; enhance safety and security features; provide new park benches and picnic tables; purchase new vehicles; and help with the maintenance of existing and the construction of new buildings.

For more information about the sponsorship packages, click here. The Safety Town donation form, which is required along with a sponsorship agreement form, is available by clicking here.

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October 29, 2018

Huntington Wins $1 Million in Bloomberg Philanthropies U.S. Mayors Challenge

Michael R. Bloomberg on Oct. 29, 2018, announced Huntington, West Virginia, as a winner of Bloomberg Philanthropies U.S. Mayors Challenge, a yearlong competition that challenged city leaders to uncover and test bold, inventive ideas to confront the toughest problems faced by cities today. Nine cities will receive $1 million to begin implementation on potentially breakthrough solutions to homelessness, the opioid crisis, mobility, climate change, and economic opportunity.

Huntington was selected as a winner for its innovative approach to combating compassion fatigue experienced by first responders, who are on the front lines of the opioid epidemic. Huntington aims to embed certified mental health professionals into its Police and Fire departments to help develop self-care, training and mental health resources that will improve first responders’ personal and professional well-being, attitudes toward substance use disorder, and interactions with overdose victims. 

“Because Huntington has been aggressive in identifying ways to combat all facets of the opioid crisis and is now seeing positive results, such as a 41 percent decline in overdoses this year, we are becoming known as the epicenter of the solution," Huntington Mayor Steve Williams said. "That work must include taking care of our first responders, who are working tirelessly on the front lines of this crisis. That is why I am thrilled that Bloomberg Philanthropies is partnering with our community to ensure that our first responders have the appropriate resources so that they can continue to deliver quality care."

Huntington joins Denver; Durham, North Carolina; Fort Collins, Colorado; Georgetown, Texas; Los Angeles; New Rochelle, New York; Philadelphia; and South Bend, Indiana, as winners of the U.S. Mayors Challenge.

"Mayors across the country are tackling the big issues that Washington is ignoring. This competition is designed to help them do even more, by incentivizing and supporting big – and achievable – new ideas,” said Michael R. Bloomberg, founder of Bloomberg Philanthropies and three-term mayor of New York City. “Congratulations to all of the winning mayors, who represent cities large and small, in regions across the country. We look forward to seeing the results of their work -- and to helping the ideas that prove most effective spread far and wide."

The Mayors Challenge Selection Committee, co-chaired by Former Ambassador Caroline Kennedy and Former Xerox Chairman & CEO Ursula Burns, is comprised of distinguished policy experts, artists, academics, business executives, and social innovation leaders. The committee evaluated the cities’ applications based on their idea’s vision, potential for impact, implementation plan, and potential to spread to other cities.

New to the Mayors Challenge this year was a 6-month “test and learn” phase where each of the 35 Champion Cities received up to $100,000 and technical assistance to test and build support for their ideas. Cities tested core components of their ideas with residents, improved and refined their proposals, and developed a plan for implementation and impact measurement.

Huntington City Manager Cathy Burns, who was the project coordinator for Huntington’s application, said the growing number of cities overwhelmed by opioid overdoses has generated demand for a proven approach to addressing first responder compassion fatigue.

“While the opioid epidemic has exposed a lack of mental health resources for first responders, stress and fatigue from other events, such as hurricanes, fires, school shootings and terrorist attacks also increase demand for solutions to protect the mental health of those who protect our communities,” Burns said. “This program has been developed from its inception as a replicable model that other cities across the country can use.”

Joining Burns on Huntington’s U.S. Mayors Challenge team were Fire Chief Jan Rader; Lt. Phil Watkins of the Huntington Police Department; Development and Planning Director Scott Lemley; Department of Finance representative Sharon Pell; Purchasing Director Kim Bailey; Krishawna Harless, wellness coordinator for the Huntington Police and Fire departments; and Lyn O’Connell, associate director of community services for the Division of Addiction Sciences at the Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine and Marshall Health.

The U.S. Mayors Challenge builds on the success of previous Bloomberg Philanthropies-sponsored Challenges in the U.S. (2013), Europe (2014), and Latin America and the Caribbean (2016). Previous Mayors Challenge winners include São Paulo, Brazil with a program to increase farmers’ income and reduce urban sprawl; Barcelona, Spain for work to create digital trust networks that support at-risk elderly citizens; and Providence, RI, for a program to measure and reduce the “word gap” among low-income children during pivotal brain development years. For more information, visit mayorschallenge.bloomberg.org.

About Bloomberg Philanthropies
Bloomberg Philanthropies works in 480 cities in more than 120 countries around the world to ensure better, longer lives for the greatest number of people. The organization focuses on five key areas for creating lasting change: Arts, Education, Environment, Government Innovation, and Public Health. Bloomberg Philanthropies encompasses all of Michael R. Bloomberg’s charitable activities, including his foundation and his personal giving. In 2017, Bloomberg Philanthropies distributed $702 million. For more information, please visit www.bloomberg.org or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and Twitter.

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October 23, 2018

City of Huntington Continues Sidewalk Replacement Program

The City of Huntington’s Public Works Department is almost finished with the fall portion of its sidewalk replacement program.

Mayor Steve Williams proposed and Huntington City Council approved $100,000 in funding for a pilot sidewalk replacement program in fiscal year 2017 to get the program started. The program was so successful that the $100,000 funding level continued for fiscal year 2018 and fiscal year 2019.

The Public Works Department enters into agreements with property owners whereby the property owner pays for the concrete and the city provides the labor and all other equipment needed for the replacement project. Since fall 2016, the Public Works Department has completed 119 sidewalk replacement projects, totaling 7,143 linear feet, or 1.35 miles.

The Public Works Department is taking sidewalk replacement requests for spring 2019. Property owners who would like to make arrangements to replace their sidewalk should contact the City Clerk’s Office at 304-696-5530.

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October 8, 2018

Huntington Scores High in 2018 Municipal Equality Index

When it comes to creating an inclusive community for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, the City of Huntington ranks higher than many cities in West Virginia and across the country, according to a new report from the nation’s largest LGBTQ civil rights organization.

The Human Rights Campaign on Monday released its 2018 Municipal Equality Index, which ranked 506 U.S. cities of varying sizes on several factors, including nondiscrimination laws, municipal employment policies, inclusiveness of city services, law enforcement with regard to LGBTQ persons and municipal leadership on matters of equality.

Huntington received a score of 95 on a 100-point scale, which is in the top percentile of cities that were evaluated nationwide and, for the third consecutive year, is the highest score among cities that were evaluated in West Virginia. Only 78 cities received a perfect score. The nationwide average was 58.

Charleston (64), Wheeling (57), Charles Town (45), Lewisburg (43), Morgantown (80), and Parkersburg (13) were also included in the report.

Huntington also for the second consecutive year was designated as an “All-Star” city for scoring above 85 points despite hailing from a state without LGBTQ-inclusive statewide non-discrimination laws. Across the country, 46 cities like these set a standard of LGBTQ inclusiveness with exemplary, best-practice policies such as local non-discrimination laws, providing transgender-inclusive health benefits for city employees and offering LGBTQ-inclusive city services.

“Huntington is becoming known as a city of honor, respect and compassion,” Mayor Steve Williams said. “And while I am pleased to know that we have made strides to become more inclusive in Huntington, our work is not done. We are organizing our community so that every person has a distinct and vested responsibility to advance our city’s prosperity.

“Our vision is that we embrace our diversity and actively seek inclusiveness as we learn to stand as one people celebrating our differences. We will be able to shape our future by assuring every person in our city has a seat at the table and has a voice to be heard.”

The city’s labor liaison, Teresa Ball, continues to work with the Mayor’s LGBTQ Advisory Committee, which was formed in 2015, on a number of initiatives to advance inclusiveness in Huntington, Mayor Williams said.

The full report, including detailed scorecards for every city and a searchable database, is available online at https://www.hrc.org/mei.

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July 16, 2018

Huntington One of 10 Winners in National Love Your Block Competition

Cities of Service has announced that Huntington is one of 10 U.S. cities that has won its Cities of Service City Hall AmeriCorps VISTA Love Your Block competition.

Love Your Block enables local governments to engage communities in neighborhood revitalization efforts benefiting low-income communities. The program will allow Huntington to hire two AmeriCorps VISTA members for two years to develop and implement a strategy for eliminating property blight in the West End of Huntington through home repairs, lot transformations and community clean-ups. Huntington will also receive $25,000 to be used for mini-grants and resources to support citizen groups’ and local nonprofits’ efforts to prevent or eliminate property blight.

This year's Love Your Block competition was specifically targeted to legacy cities – older, industrial cities that have faced substantial population loss. The winning cities were selected based on potential for impact and clarity of vision for their proposed projects. They are:

• Buffalo, New York
• Gary, Indiana
• Hamilton, Ohio
• Hartford, Connecticut
• Huntington, West Virginia
• Lancaster, Pennsylvania
• Milwaukee, Wisconsin
• Newark, New Jersey
• Richmond, Virginia
• South Bend, Indiana

"A recent study from the Urban Institute has shown us that the impact of Love Your Block goes beyond cleaning up neighborhoods and creating more park space," said Cities of Service Executive Director Myung J. Lee. "It is also bringing neighbors together and strengthening communities. We are excited to help our cities revitalize neighborhoods, keep people in their homes, and build trust between cities and their people as part of these efforts."

The Urban Institute study found that the connection that Love Your Block forges between city leaders and citizens at the neighborhood level can be one of the most important catalysts for collective action by neighborhood residents. This connection between city officials and citizens boosts the social capital exercised by citizens who plan and implement Love Your Block projects and strengthens social cohesion. Love Your Block volunteers believe their efforts also positively influence public safety and community ownership of public spaces.

Since 2009, Cities of Service has helped dozens of cities implement Love Your Block. More than 10,000 volunteers have been engaged to remove over 480,000 pounds of trash, clean up nearly 600 lots, and create more than 180 art displays, in addition to numerous other community projects.

Using the Cities of Service Love Your Block blueprint, city leaders will engage citizen volunteers and local nonprofits in co-creating solutions to urban blight. Cities of Service will provide expert technical assistance to winning cities for two years. Cities of Service City Hall AmeriCorps VISTA Love Your Block is made possible with support from Bloomberg Philanthropies and the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS).

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July 10, 2018

Greater Huntington Walks Challenges Residents to Become More Active

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July 10, 2018

My Huntington Movement to Promote Positive Attributes of the Huntington Community

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June 11, 2018

Huntington Among U.S. Conference of Mayors’ 2018 City Livability Award winners

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May 14, 2018

Williams names Dial as Chief of Police

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May 9, 2018

Huntington Delegation Attending National Mayors’ Institute on Opioids

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April 26, 2018

Huntington Receives Grant to Clean Up Brownfields Properties

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April 18, 2018

Huntington Named as Finalist for Cities of Service Engaged Cities Award

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March 13, 2018

Huntington Wins Cultural Diversity Award from National League of Cities

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March 13, 2018

Huntington Named Finalist in 2018 RWJF Culture of Health Prize

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February 27, 2018

Huntington Awarded Planning Grant for Fairfield Revitalization Project

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February 15, 2018

Williams Delivers State of the City Address and FY2019 Budget to City Council

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February 9, 2018

How to Pay a Parking Ticket, Parking Lot Violation or Boot Fee

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January 8, 2018

Huntington City Council Elects Leadership for 2018

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December 1, 2017

Mayor’s Council on the Arts Adopts Public Art Policy to Assist Artists

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October 24, 2017

Parkmobile, LLC Partners with City of Huntington to Introduce Mobile Parking Payments

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October 19, 2017

Huntington Improves Score in 2017 Municipal Equality Index

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October 10, 2017

City Unveils Plan to Demolish 55 Unsafe Structures

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September 25, 2017

City Council, Cabell Delegates Partner to Donate Money for Protective Gear

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September 25, 2017

City of Huntington Awarded Federal Grants to Combat Opioid Epidemic

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August 28, 2017

Parking Board Now Accepts Online Payments

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July 24, 2017

Code Enforcement Unit to Begin Inspecting Contractors for Licensing, Permits

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June 6, 2017

Water Quality Fee to Increase for Some Nonresidential Customers

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May 25, 2017

Big Sandy Superstore Arena Celebrates 40 Years With Highest-Grossing Year in Venue History

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May 10, 2017

HPD to Issue Nonmoving Violations to Vehicles in Street-Sweeping Zones

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April 12, 2017

Huntington Awarded National Vacant Properties Technical Assistance Scholarship

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February 22, 2017

Williams Nominates Rader to Become Huntington Fire Chief

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February 10, 2017

Mayor Delivers State of the City Address

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January 24, 2017

City of Huntington Implements Electronic Bidding Process

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January 18, 2017

U.S. Conference of Mayors Recognizes HHS, City of Huntington for Wellness Academy

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January 9, 2017

Huntington Among 5 Finalists to Receive Vacant Property Assistance

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January 3, 2017

Huntington Improves Score in 2016 Municipal Equality Index

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October 5, 2016

Mayor Launches Committee on Diversity and Inclusion

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September 28, 2016

U.S. Conference of Mayors, Wells Fargo Foundation Announce $150,000 Grant

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September 14, 2016

Public Works Department Launches Sidewalk Repair Pilot Program

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August 8, 2016

Citizens Now Have Convenient Option For Reporting Minor Crimes

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July 29, 2016

City’s codified ordinances now online

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May 19, 2016

Cathy Burns Named City Manager

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April 28, 2016

Huntington Advances to Finals of America’s Best Communities competition

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March 28, 2016

Vacant Buildings Now Must Be Registered With The City

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March 7, 2016

Williams Named to National Task Force to Address Opioid Abuse

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March 3, 2016

“Open to All” Campaign Promotes Inclusiveness in City of Huntington

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February 8, 2016

HFD receives donation of 175 carbon monoxide/smoke alarms

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January 13, 2016

Huntington Advances to Semifinals in America’s Best Communities Competition

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December 17, 2015

Huntington ranks higher than state, national average on 2015 Municipal Equality Index

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October 27, 2015

City Unveils Community Revitalization Plan

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July 23, 2015

Citywide Street Sweeping Begins in Huntington

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July 8, 2015

City of Huntington Ticket Payment Procedures

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July 7, 2015

Huntington awarded EPA grants for cleaning up brownfields sites

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June 29, 2015

Stormwater Utility receives DEP award for environmental partnership

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April 29, 2015

Huntington named quarterfinalist in America’s Best Communities competition

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March 9, 2015

Huntington to receive EPA grant to clean up brownfields properties, launch advanced polymer center

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January 28, 2015

Henderson Named Municipal Court Judge

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January 8, 2015

Traffic crash reports now available online

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October 14, 2014

Huntington named Certified Arts Community

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June 24, 2014

Huntington Water Quality Board

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April 7, 2014

How the City of Huntington deals with potholes

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April 7, 2014

How to report streetlight outages in the city

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March 10, 2014

City’s budgetary performance cited as reasons for credit-rating upgrade

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February 25, 2014

Tony Hawk Foundation awards city $5,000 grant for skate park

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February 19, 2014

Huntington delegation to attend housing seminar at Harvard Law School

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January 28, 2014

Huntington selected to receive smart growth assistance

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