SEPTEMBER 7, 2018

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This Week in Largo
AND THE WINNER IS.... 
The City of Largo Communications & Marketing team is very excited to announce the winning of not only one but THREE top Savvy awards and ... a highly-acclaimed Diamond Award at the 30th Annual 3CMA Conference September 6th.
  • Winning one of the first top Savvy awards in the Marketing and Tools category, Largo's new logo was highly applauded by the judge's panel. Extremely impressed by the in-house branding efforts judges praised the overall cohesive and versatile design that fits a range of needs in our community. 
     
  • Impressed by the eye-catching graphics and infographic style, the all-new Largo.com also received the top award in Digital Interactive: Overall Website category. Judges noted the interactive, modern layout and design that "has set the new standard for government websites."
     
  • Last, but certainly not least, the 3CMA panel awarded the City of Largo with not just the top Savvy award in Community Visioning, but also with the "best of the best" Diamond Award! Applauded for ongoing community engagement and consistency, Largo's vision and brand have made its mark in the world of City-County Communicators and Marketers.
     
3CMA, City-County Communications & Marketing Association, is the nation's premiere network of local government communicators. The Communications and Marketing team is proud to be bringing back to Largo these prestigious awards and looks forward to sharing this mark of achievement with our community of choice... Naturally!  
 
- Kate O'Connell Oyer  
Communications and Marketing Manager I 586-7455 I koconnel@largo.com  
 

GRANTS AT A GLANCE - LARGO POLICE DEPARTMENT
The City of Largo recently applied for the following grants and funding opportunities on behalf of the Police Department. The following projects have shown promise in reducing crime and positively impacting communities.

Applied for a Grant and Awaiting a Decision from the Funder:
  • U.S. Department of Justice's Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Grant - Enriching Lives through Mental Health Services - $27,891 for FY2018
  • Walmart Foundation's Community Grant Program - Shop-With-A-Cop Grants for holiday gift giving in the community - $5,000
Received:
  • U.S. Department of Justice's Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Grant - Technology Improvements - $26, 668 for FY2017
  • Florida Department of Transportation's Bicycle Pedestrian High Visibility Enforcement - $20,000
Received for the new SafetyNet Tracking System for senior citizens in the community who may have a tendency to wander away from home and get disoriented or lost:
  • Pinellas Community Foundation Grant - $7,500
  • Imperial Palms (Palms of Largo) - Charitable Donation - $3,300
- Cheryl Coller Reed
Intergovernmental Relations Coordinator I 586-7452 I creed@largo.com


NEIGHBORHOOD MATCHING GRANT PROGRAM UPDATE
The Neighborhood Grant committee is excited to announce that the first project under Largo's new Neighborhood Matching Grant Program is complete. The Rainforest Homeowners Association has removed an eyesore stretch of rotted fence and replaced it with a more visibly appealing vinyl fence. As we work to support the city's focus on community pride, please feel free to share the grant opportunity with friends and neighbors.  
 
- Brenda Clark
Community Outreach Coordinator I 587-6740 I bclark@largo.com

NEW POPULATION NUMBERS FOR LARGO
The Bureau of Economic and Business Research (BEBR) produces Florida's official city, county and state population numbers. BEBR has released their 2017 census count and Largo has a new population estimate of 83,526, an increase of 5,878 since the 2010 U.S. census. The increase in population is due to the migration of individuals moving to the area, new residential construction, and the annexation program.

- Carol Stricklin
Community Development Department Director I 586-7490 I cstrickl@largo.com
UPCOMING EVENTS
PINELLAS COUNTY CHEMICAL & ELECTRONIC COLLECTION
Old paint lying around? Expired cleaners, broken bulbs or old electronics building up in your garage? Get rid of all of these and more while helping the environment with the free Pinellas County Chemical & Electronic Collection on Saturday, Sep 15 from 9am-2pm at Largo High School (410 Missouri Ave N)This easy, drive-through event gives you the opportunity to safely dispose of and recycle potentially hazardous material. For a complete list of accepted items, contact Pinellas County Solid Waste Operations at (727)464-7500 or visit PinellasCounty.org/SolidWaste.
 
- Laura Thomas
Sustainability Coordinator I 586-7424 I lthomas@largo.com