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January 21, 2020

Huntington’s QRT Selected to Participate in Diversion and Referral Mentoring Initiative

Mayor Steve Williams announced Tuesday, Jan. 21, that Huntington’s Quick Response Team (QRT) has been selected as a mentor site as part of a national initiative to spread law enforcement and first responder diversion programs across the country in their efforts to respond to the opioid crisis.

The Bureau of Justice Assistance, a component of the Office of Justice Programs within the U.S. Department of Justice, selected eight mentor sites through a competitive process to participate in the Law Enforcement/First Responder Diversion and Referral Program Mentoring Initiative, which will fund peer-to-peer site visit opportunities for law enforcement and first responder agencies across the country.

The eight sites represent a diverse cross-section of successful diversion programs and collaborations between law enforcement and first responders, behavioral health providers, and other community partners to connect individuals with opioid use disorder to treatment instead of entering the criminal justice system.

The Quick Response Team was established in December 2017 in response to an unprecedented number of overdoses in Cabell County. Cabell County EMS, the City of Huntington, Huntington Police Department, Marshall University and behavioral health agencies partnered to develop the program. Faith leaders have since been added as a component of the QRT.

Members of the QRT provide outreach to individuals within 48 hours of an overdose event. While the QRT initially targeted individuals who received an EMS response for their overdose, it has expanded the program to include community referrals.

Marshall University collects data and provides analysis of the QRT’s work.

Since the QRT was launched in December 2017, it has come into contact with 720 individuals, of which 216, or approximately 30 percent, have sought treatment. Cabell County’s fatal overdose rate fell 24 percent from 2017 to 2018, according to the most recent CDC data, and nonfatal overdose calls fell 52 percent, from 1,831 in 2017 to 878 in 2019.

“The Quick Response Team’s inclusion in this mentoring initiative is another example of how collaboration in Huntington is leading to innovation, and that innovation is providing solutions to the opioid epidemic that other communities across the country are seeking to replicate,” Williams said.

“The QRT members’ compassion and dedication is what has made this program so successful, and it is vital to have the support and leadership from Mayor Williams and Cabell County EMS Director Gordon Merry,” said Connie Priddy, a Cabell County EMS employee and the QRT coordinator. “This recognition proves what can be done when a community comes together.”
Other communities included in the mentor initiative are Colerain Township (Ohio) Department of Fire and Emergency Medical Services; Lucas County (Ohio) Sheriff’s Office; Mundelein (Illinois) Police Department; City of Philadelphia; East Bridgewater (Massachusetts) Police Department; Seattle-King County Public Defender Association; and the Tucson (Arizona) Police Department.
For more information about the Law Enforcement/First Responder Diversion and Referral Mentoring Initiative, visit

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December 24, 2019

2020 Holiday Garbage Schedule

For the 2020 calendar year, weekly household garbage pickup for these holidays will be as follows:

New Year’s Day 2020: Normal pickup Monday, December 30th, and Tuesday, December 31st. No pickup on Wednesday, January 1st. Wednesday through Friday pickups will be on a one-day delay this week, running Thursday, January 2nd through Saturday, January 4th.

Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday: Normal pickup

Presidents Day: Normal Pickup

Primary Election Day: Normal Pickup

Memorial Day: No pickup on Monday, May 25th. All pickups will be a one-day delay this week, running Tuesday, May 26th through Saturday, May 30th.

Independence Day (observed): Normal Pickup

Labor Day: No pickup Monday, September 7th. All pickups will be on a one-day delay this week, running Tuesday, September 8th through Saturday, September 12th.

Columbus Day: Normal Pickup

General Election Day: Normal Pickup

Veterans Day: Normal Pickup

Thanksgiving Day: Normal pickup Monday, November 23rd through Wednesday, November 25th. No pickup Thursday, November 26th. Thursday and Friday pickups will be on a one-day delay, running Friday, November 27th through Saturday, November 28th.

Christmas Day: Normal pickup Monday, December 21st through Thursday, December 24th. No pickup Friday, December 25th. Friday household garbage will be picked up on Saturday, December 26th.

New Year’s Day 2021: Normal pickup Monday, December 28th through Thursday, December 31st. No pickup Friday, January 1st. Friday household garbage will be picked up on Saturday, January 2nd.

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December 11, 2019

Mountain Health Network new naming rights sponsor for Huntington arena

The City of Huntington and Mountain Health Network are pleased to announce Mountain Health Network as the new naming sponsor for the ASM Global-managed Huntington Civic Arena. The new name of the 7,500-seat facility is Mountain Health Arena.

“We are pleased to become the naming sponsor for the Huntington Civic Arena,” said Lisa Chamberlin Stump, chief strategy officer for Mountain Health Network. “The arena draws more than 170,000 attendees for concerts and events annually throughout the region who are also patients and families that Mountain Health Network hospitals serve. We are proud to support the City of Huntington and its investment in the arena that provides for quality of life, economic growth and jobs for our community.”

The City of Huntington and Mountain Health Network will sign the naming rights contract upon approval by Huntington City Council. City Council will conduct a special call meeting at 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12, where members will vote whether to approve the contract.

Mountain Health Network agreed to purchase the arena naming rights for $175,000 per year over the course of 10 years, or $1.75 million total. The annual proceeds will go to the City of Huntington’s general fund.

“We are excited to have the opportunity to partner with Mountain Health Network for the next decade,” Mayor Steve Williams said. “Mountain Health Arena will present a unique branding opportunity for our community. The naming rights will remind consumers throughout the Ohio River Valley and beyond that Huntington is a city that has become a regional medical center and is also a city that provides a dynamic environment for entertainment.

“Mountain Health and the City of Huntington, with the professional operations of ASM Global, will operate an exciting venue that enhances the quality of life for the residents of our region.”

The arena plans to begin the rebranding process at the beginning of next year. A 2015 economic impact study by Marshall University’s Center for Business and Economic Research showed the arena generates more than $17 million in economic benefit annually for the city.

“A local arena contributes to job creation, generates taxes, improves property values and increases business for hotels, restaurants and retail,” said Cindy Collins, general manager of the arena. “It also supports local businesses such as radio, television, newspaper and helps drive tourism to strengthen a city’s brand.”

During the past year, Collins has worked closely with the City of Huntington to update the exterior of the building and remodel the convention center. Plaza renovations will begin next year.

“As we sought out a naming rights partner, we knew it needed to be an organization that not only aligned with our core values, and represented our area’s unique spirit, but also one which had the brand power to take us to the next level,” Collins said. “We knew after our first meeting with Mountain Health Network leadership that this was the group with which we wanted to be identified. We’re very excited for this new partnership, new direction and new name.”

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November 26, 2019

Neighborhood Institute of Huntington Accepting Applications for Microgrants

The Neighborhood Institute of Huntington, the umbrella organization for Huntington's neighborhood associations, is now accepting microgrant applications for community projects.

Applicants should be able to describe the general purpose of the project (e.g. safety, beautification), the scope and the proposed use of funds. The grantee will have 60 days from the project start date to submit itemized receipts and/or return any unused portion of the funds to the Neighborhood Institute.

Click here to download the microgrant application. Completed applications can be emailed to Janina Michael at or mailed to Neighborhood Institute of Huntington, PO Box 9291, Huntington, WV 25704.

Click here to learn more about the Neighborhood Institute and how you can get connected to a neighborhood association near you.

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November 19, 2019

Huntington Receives Perfect Score in 2019 Municipal Equality Index

The City of Huntington has received a perfect score from the nation’s largest LGBTQ civil rights organization for creating an inclusive community for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

The Human Rights Campaign on Tuesday released its 2019 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 perfect score of 100 on a 100-point scale and, for the fourth consecutive year, tallied the highest score among cities that were evaluated in West Virginia. Only 88 cities received a perfect score. The nationwide average was 60.

Charleston (91), Wheeling (57), Charles Town (45), Lewisburg (43), Morgantown (75), and Parkersburg (13) were also included in the report.

Huntington also for the third 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, 59 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.

“Receiving a perfect score in the 2019 Municipal Equality Index validates what our community already knows -- that Huntington is a city of honor, respect and compassion,” Mayor Steve Williams said. “And while 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 full report, including detailed scorecards for every city and a searchable database, is available online at

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October 23, 2019

HFD Selected to Participate in Fire Prevention Pilot Program

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October 10, 2019

AT&T Launches Believe Appalachia in Huntington

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September 13, 2019

Williams Appointed as Co-Chair of National Substance Abuse Task Force

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July 15, 2019

Williams Participating in Third Class of Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative

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June 12, 2019

Program to help first responders cope with high-stress situations unveiled

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June 10, 2019

Cathy Burns Appointed as Executive Director of HMDA

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May 16, 2019

City Begins Third Phase of Energy and Operational Savings Program

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May 13, 2019

Williams Administration Presents City Service Fee Info to Finance Committee

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February 6, 2019

Open To All Campaign Inducts 100th Member

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December 10, 2018

City of Huntington Now Offers Safety Town Sponsorship Packages

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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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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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