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Strategic Goal No. 2: Vibrant Neighborhoods
Keep Irving Beautiful Recognized – In partnership with the Texas Department of Transportation, Keep Texas Beautiful presented Keep Irving Beautiful (KIB) with a Governors Community Achievement Award — Irving claimed second place in the largest population category. KIB also received the Sustained Excellence Award for the sixth consecutive year and achieved Gold Star Affiliate status. In addition, KTB awarded the City of Irving Public Works Department third place in the Government category and longtime KIB volunteer Margie Stipes was saluted by the organization with a third place award in the O.P. Schnabel Senior Citizen category for her lifetime of service. Awards were presented last month at the 46th Annual Keep Texas Beautiful Conference, held in San Antonio.
Housing and Human Services Action Plan – The City of Irving will receive approximately $2,866,994 in Fiscal Year 2013-14 for programs to help with a variety of programs including the funding of nonprofit agency programs, home repairs, homelessness prevention and other services. In preparation, the Housing and Human Services Department (HHS) is seeking input for the 2013 Annual Action Plan. This plan will be submitted to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) by Aug. 12. This document details the planned use of grant funds that are received by the City of Irving from HUD. The final for residents to provide input on the proposed action plan will be during the Council Meeting set for 7 p.m. July 25 at City Hall, 825 W. Irving Blvd. View draft of 2013-14 action plan.
Strategic Goal No. 3: Economic Development
Groups in Irving – The Irving Convention and Visitors Bureau welcomed the following groups and organizations to Irving: Best Buy (June 15-20); Mosaic Sales Solutions (June 16-21 and July 8-11); AbbVie Inc. (June 18-19); Transit Coalition of North Texas (June 20); TXU Energy (June 20); United Healthcare Services Inc. (June 20); Apostolic Assembly – Texas Region (June 24-28); NEC Corporation of America (June 24-26); Direct TV (June 26-28); United Healthcare Services Inc. Running Clinic (June 29); Stiletto Business Strategies (June 29); Seattle Mariners Baseball Club (July 1-3); North America Telugu Society (July 2-7); Houston Astros Baseball Club (July 4-6); Imagine Xhibits Inc. 2013 Trade Show Technology Summit (July 8-9); American Legion, Department of Texas (July 9-13); Mental Health Association in Texas (July 9-10); and Big 12 Conference (July 10-14).
Strategic Goal No. 4: Safe and Secure City
 
Equipment Update – The Special Operations Division of the Irving Police Department has upgraded equipment to enhance the ability to handle fatality accident investigations. New equipment and standard training will reduce the amount of time needed to have roadways closed for scene evaluation after an incident. In addition, the department increased the number of investigators certified in accident reconstruction from 1 to 5, which will reduce overtime costs associated with fatality accident investigations.
Explorers Selected for Federal Explore Academies – Irving Police Explorers Edgar Pena, Shayna Richardson, and Julia Durham were selected to attend one of the Federal Explorer Academies this summer.  Edgar Pena will attend the Secret Service Academy, Shayna Richardson will go to the DEA Academy, and Julia Durham will attend the U.S. Marshals Academy. Explorers from across the country submit applications in hopes of being selected, and each academy only accepts 30 applicants every year.
Strategic Goal No. 7: Cultural, Recreational and Educational Environments
 
Juneteenth Celebration – Georgia Farrow Recreation Center hosted its annual Juneteenth Celebration on June 15 at the Jackie Townsell Bear Creek Museum Complex. Each year, the historic Bear Creek Community commemorates the date when news of the abolition of slavery reached Texas. More than 150 attendees enjoyed a barbecue, refreshments and activities, including children’s games and entertainment by local musicians, Moore Melodies. Watch on YouTube.
Irving Fights the Bite – Vector Control staff presented tips on how to avoid West Nile Virus to more than 300 children enrolled in the city’s summer camp program during “Irving Fights the Bite Week” June 16-22. The week’s activities included a poster contest, gym games and mosquito trivia. All campers pledged to be part of the Mosquito SWAT Team and were awarded a personalized certificate. Fight the Bite presentations also were conducted at Lively Pointe Youth Center, Heritage Senior Center and at the Daze of Summer Car Show.View
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Walk the Runway – Cimarron Recreation Center held a free teen fashion show on June 21. Eight local teens modeled fashions in various categories including cultural, sportswear, casual and formal. Through the generous support of local individuals and businesses, this debut event was a huge success. There were 75 people in attendance.
Daze of Summer Car Show – More than 200 attendees attended the Daze of Summer Car Show and Music on Main Street Concert held June 22. Attendees enjoyed music performed by the band, Three Kings, while visitors to the car show viewed 50 vintage and performance vehicles. To view the performance, visit cityofirving.org/video-on-demand or watch on YouTube. For more information on upcoming Music on Main Street concerts and other exciting Irving attractions, visit irvingevents.org.
Author Programs Results – Irving Public Library served as a stop on Macmillan Publishers’ Fierce Reads Young Adult Author Tour featuring Kat Falls and Victoria Scott. The events attracted 300 fans.
Sowers Cemetery Association – Irving Public Library’s Local History and Genealogy Department hosted the first board meeting of the newly reconstituted Sowers Cemetery Association of Irving.  For more information or to become a member, contact Judy Gafford at jgafford@cityofirving.org.
Annual Book Sale Results – Friends of the Library raised almost $10,000 in sales and donations in June during the Annual Buck-a-Book Book Sale. Proceeds help to support the Irving Public Library.
Strategic Goal No. 9: Infrastructure
Training and Development – Water Programs Specialist Barry Allen facilitated a 2O-hour TCEQ approved Water Utility safety course June 26. Thirteen participants, including employees from the cities of Arlington and Irving, learned the proper procedures for excavating and trenching, electrical safety, worksite protection, and safe vehicle use.  Students also learned about first aid safety tips, safety programs, and biological and chemical safety issues.
Blood Drive – Irving’s Water Utilities and Solid Waste departments sponsored a Carter BloodCare drive at Valley View Municipal Complex on June 27.  Twenty participants donated 31 pints, which could ultimately save up to 93 lives.
Strategic Goal No. 10: Set the Standard for Environmental Stewardship
Special Events – Solid Waste Services hosted the third of three annual Household Chemical Collection events June 6. More than 7,000 pounds of household chemicals were collected from Irving residents. These chemicals will be disposed of in an environmentally responsible manner, and many of the items will be recycled.
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