Natasha Suarez Community Development / Planning 7 years of service Roberto Quijada Real Estate Management 16 years of service DJ Jones Animal Services 25 years of service Robert “Bobby” Alexander Public Works 29 years of service Chuck Fry Utilities 30 years of service 17 Doing Things All-Stars • Partners 16 Doing Things! All-Stars are selected among our Doing Things! recognition recipients. These employees have exceeded customer expectations in providing exceptional public service. Convention & Visitors Bureau − − Visit St. Pete/Clearwater’s new landing page, www.GulpCoast.com, won Best Travel Website and Outstanding Website from The Web Marketing Association − − 2017 Gold Service Award from Meetings & Conventions Magazine − − 2017 Business of Pride Award recognized by the Tampa Bay Business Journal Marketing & Communications − − 2017 Community Relations PRestige Award from the Public Relations Society of America, Tampa Bay Chapter Office of Management & Budget − − Distinguished Budget Presentation Award from the Government Finance Officers Association Purchasing − − 2017 Achievement of Excellence in Procurement Award from the National Procurement Institute Public Works − − Technical and Management Innovation Award from the Florida West Coast Chapter of the American Public Works Association, awarded to Stormwater GIS Drainage Maintenance Planning − − Curlew Creek Channel A project awarded Project of the Year in the Environmental category from the Florida West Coast Chapter of the American Public Works Association St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport − − 2017 Air Carrier Airport Safety Award by the Federal Aviation Administration Southern Region − − 2017 Florida Commercial Service Airport of the Year Award by the Florida Department of Transportation − − National Weather Service “Storm Ready” distinction Utilities − − Dunn Water Reclamation Facility 2016 Facility Excellence Award from the Florida Water and Pollution Control Operators Association Doing Things! All-Stars Awarding Excellence United in Support | Unidos en Apoyo In November, we partnered with the Hispanic Outreach Center to host a panel discussion about resources available for Hurricane Maria evacuees from Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Your Voice “A lot of information was provided at this event that will help a lot of people coming to Pinellas County. Having this initiative shows that we really care. I am very proud of being part of this county.” Angeles Rodriguez, Palm Harbor resident Caring for Our Kids We committed $1.5 million to assist Pinellas County Schools in providing a nurse for every public school, ensuring the health of our youth. Attracting High-Wage Employers To maintain economic growth and attract new high-wage employers, elected officials and community leaders came together for the 2017 Pinellas Economic Leadership Symposium, held in partnership with Forward Pinellas, St. Petersburg College, the Urban Land Institute and the University of South Florida. Mentoring Our Youth As part of our workforce initiative to mentor our youth and encourage academic achievement, we partnered with the Lealman Asian and Neighborhood Family Center for Pinellas Promise, a new summer learning program for kids. In November, nearly 90 employees shared their stories with students during the Great American Teach-In through a partnership with Pinellas County Schools. With Partners We Keep Doing More Student Voices “Thank you for teaching me all of these things so I can do it at home.” Huy, 4th Grader Pinellas Promise participant “You guys did awesome.You guys taught me well, and thank you so much!” Rowan, 5th Grader Pinellas Promise participant Your Voice “It’s super important to have this because it exposes the children to other careers that they can have in the future.” Molly Baird, Pinellas County teacher Cleaning Our Waterways With the support of our volunteers and our partners at Keep Pinellas Beautiful, we collected 5,300 pounds of debris in the Ridgecrest, Joe’s Creek and Cross Bayou communities. Additionally, our water protection structures captured 1,100 pounds of trash in our parks. These initiatives help preserve our waterways for sea life and for your enjoyment. Visit www.PinellasCounty.org to see how you can get involved in similar events. The following awards highlight our dedication to meet your needs by achieving our Strategic Plan goals. These are just a few of the milestones we reached this year.