McAllen– The City of McAllen received an American Association of Code Enforcement (AACE) National Award at the annual AACE conference in Orlando.
The Health & Code Enforcement Department won the Innovative Enforcement Techniques Award due to recent expansion of Project Imagine Tomorrow.
“The AACE national award to the men and women in our Health & Code Enforcement department is recognition of their outstanding work in administering an innovative program that addresses a common issue in our inner City,” said Mayor Jim Darling. “On behalf of myself and our City Commissioners, I want to congratulate our Health and Code Enforcement department on the receipt of this award and we appreciate the positive effect their efforts have had on our City of McAllen.”
Project Imagine Tomorrow is an urban renewal project that seeks to restore and reconnect neighborhoods in the City of McAllen through the use of economic incentives geared for the demolition or rehabilitation of substandard-vacant homes.
In May, the city commission expanded Project Imagine Tomorrow to include new economic incentives targeting empty lots. The new incentives encourage new development by offering Tax abatements for the construction of single family and multi-family dwellings.
“I want to thank our city leaders for allowing the Health & Code Enforcement Department to implement this innovative new program that is helping to restore and reconnect our neighborhoods,” said Josh Ramirez, Director of Health & Code Enforcement.
The AACE National Awards are open to members and municipalities that further the Code Enforcement field by fostering safe and vibrant communities.