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February 15, 2019

2019 State of the City Address

Mayor Steve Williams delivered his 2019 State of the City Address and submitted his proposed FY 2020 budget to City Council members on Friday, Feb. 15.

You can read the entirety of Mayor Williams' speech here. You can view the proposed FY 2020 budget here.

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February 6, 2019

Open To All Campaign Inducts 100th Member

The City of Huntington’s Open to All campaign reached a major milestone Wednesday, Feb. 6, in its ongoing effort to promote the community’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Patrick “Dr. Skip” Hart, who is the owner and co-founder of ASKDRSKIP.COM, PLLC, took the Open to All pledge during a brief ceremony at the CoWorks Building, 1000 5th Ave. Hart is the 100th business, church, nonprofit organization or civic group to officially become a member of the campaign, which launched in 2016.

The Open to All campaign works to engage the community in a welcoming and safe environment for everyone regardless of race, religion, ancestry, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. The campaign was launched by the Mayor’s LGBTQ Advisory Committee and further advanced with the help of the Mayor’s Diversity Advisory Committee.

“My vision for the city is that we embrace our diversity and actively seek inclusiveness as we learn to stand as one people celebrating our differences,” Mayor Steve Williams said. “We will be able to transform our future by assuring every person in our city feels welcome.”

Although the campaign now includes 100 members such as small businesses, restaurants, nonprofit organizations, churches, law firms and annual festivals, some of the larger inductees include Marshall University, Cabell Huntington Hospital and the Huntington Regional Chamber of Commerce.

While each Open to All member receives a decal to place on the outside of their establishment, the campaign goes far beyond the sticker. It offers free diversity training to all Open to All members and has helped push nondiscrimination policy changes that surpass federal or state protections.

As a result, Huntington’s score in the Human Rights Campaign’s annual Municipal Equality Index surged from 43 (on a 100-point scale) in 2014 to 95 this year. Huntington has had the highest score of any West Virginia city for three consecutive years.

Huntington’s Municipal Equality Index score, combined with the inclusivity of the Open to All campaign, was enough for Hart and his husband and business manager, J. Forsyth, to schedule a trip to Huntington in late August 2018 when they were considering relocating their home and business from Dallas.

“We both come from military families, and we wanted a sense of community and a place to lay our roots,” Hart said. “Once we saw Open to All in action and saw how kind and embracing the community was, it sealed the deal.”

By the end of October, Hart and Forsyth had relocated to Huntington and moved their practice, which specializes in functional medicine, into the CoWorks Building at 1000 5th Ave. Functional medicine is a science-based, patient-centered approach, considering the whole person and dealing with the underlying cause of illness allowing the body to heal naturally, rather than trying to suppress the symptoms.

Hart said the Open to All campaign is illustrative of the community’s devotion to diversity.

“Open to All was a huge factor in the decision to move, and it just makes us feel more comfortable knowing these establishments want us here,” Hart said.

For more information about the Open to All campaign or to request to join, go to the Open to All Facebook page at facebook.com/HuntingtonOpenToAll, or email opentoall@cityofhuntington.com.

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January 30, 2019

Applications Now Being Accepted for Mini-Grants in West Huntington

Residents, civic groups and business owners in West Huntington are invited to submit Love Your Block mini-grant applications of up to $1,500 each to help transform their neighborhoods with the support of city departments.

The Love Your Block Program, coordinated by Cities of Service, enables local governments to engage people in neighborhood revitalization efforts benefiting low-income communities. Huntington was one 10 U.S. Cities in 2018 that won the Cities of Service City Hall AmeriCorps VISTA Love Your Block competition.

The competition allowed Huntington to hire two AmeriCorps VISTA members for two years to develop and implement a strategy for eliminating property blight in West Huntington through home repairs, lot transformations and community cleanups. Huntington was also awarded $25,000 to be used for mini-grants in the target area of 7th Street West to 14th Street West between Madison and Adams avenues.

Mini-grant applications that will be eligible for mini-grant funding include, but are not limited to, enhancing public space and vacant lots; organizing community programs and services; and minor exterior home improvements. While recruiting volunteers is important to the applications, city services that will be made available through the program include providing trash collection services and litter cleanup supplies; cleaning up city-owned lots and pruning overgrown, city-owned trees.

A grant workshop for those interested in applying for a Love Your Block mini-grant will be conducted from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7, at United Way of the River Cities, 820 Madison Ave. There also will be Q&A informational sessions from 2 to 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8, at Cicada Books & Coffee, 604 14th Street West; from 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12, at The Wild Ramp, 555 14th Street West; and from 9 to 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, at a location to be determined.

The application deadline is March 8, 2019, although there is an optional preliminary review deadline of Feb. 22, 2019. Grantees will be announced March 15, 2019.
Applications are now available in the Planning and Zoning Office on the main floor of Huntington City Hall, at Cicada Books & Coffee, and at The Wild Ramp. Applications also can be downloaded from the City of Huntington’s website by clicking here.

For more information about the Love Your Block mini-grant program, contact Nathan Thomas at thomasn@cityofhuntington.com or LaNette Hunter at hunterl@cityofhuntington.com. They can be reached at 304-696-2092, Ext. 2092.

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December 24, 2018

Disposal Sites for Christmas Trees

The City of Huntington's Public Works Department will offer seven drop-off locations where residents can dispose of their Christmas tree after the holidays.

Residents are asked to refrain from setting out their trees with their household garbage, because the sap can damage the packer trucks. The drop-off locations are as follows:

  • East end of Harris Riverfront Park (use 12th Street entrance)
  • Former Olympic Pool site along Memorial Boulevard
  • St. Cloud Commons (19th Street West entrance)
  • Parking lot of former League 6 baseball field on Ferguson Road
  • McClelland Park (parking lot)
  • Westmoreland Park (Vernon Street side)
  • Altizer Park

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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

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October 23, 2018

City of Huntington Continues Sidewalk Replacement Program

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October 8, 2018

Huntington Scores High in 2018 Municipal Equality Index

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July 16, 2018

Huntington One of 10 Winners in National Love Your Block Competition

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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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