Governing Magazine recently presented their Public Official of the Year Award for Outstanding and Difficult Achievement while in public office to eight leaders across the US, including our own Ana Gelabert-Sanchez.
Ms. Gelabert, Director of Planning for the City of Miami under former Mayor Manny Diaz, was hailed as “the Code Breaker,” a public servant “inspirational and immensely dedicated to making the city a better place for its citizens”. She was recognized not simply for great service but for a tremendous accomplishment in the face of tremendous adversity. Here at TransitMiami.com, we remember the incredible challenges she faced in bringing us Miami21 and we know there could hardly be a more deserving recipient.
We will point out that among her colleagues receiving this award was Mick Cornett, Mayor of Oklahoma City, whose progressive work installing sidewalks and bike-trails throughout the city’s downtown contributed to a collective loss of more than 1,000lbs among his now healthier and happier residents. His award-winning livability track record has also made him one of the most popular mayors in the city’s history – and only the third to ever be re-elected to a third term.
This is a message to leaders across the country: your colleagues are watching and what impresses them is work that promotes healthier, happier, more connected communities.
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