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Community Transportation Association of America names Mayor Chelsea Reed  
Outstanding Community Partner of the Year 

 

This national award recognizes a business, organization or person that has deeply enhanced its community's mobility options and strives to innovate the delivery of its public transit services. The recipient of this award will have demonstrated an extensive history of community engagement and created long-standing partnerships with other stakeholders that allow residents to flourish. To be recognized is a huge honor. "Mayor Reed works tirelessly within the community promoting transportation. She is not afraid to tackle any subject, whether it is the budget, service hours or discussion on prioritizing trips, right of way or other tough transportation discussions."

Mayor Chelsea Reed Sworn in as
2024 President of
Palm Beach County League of Cities 

On Tuesday, May 21, 2024, Mayor Chelsea Reed was sworn in as the 2024-2025 President of Palm Beach County League of Cities. The keynote speaker was Clarence Anthony, CEO/Executive Director of the National League of Cities.

 

Her chosen theme for the year ahead is collaboration, and during her remarks she shared "If we want to truly collaborate – we need to listen. I know that it is easier said than done but listening to someone you disagree with bridges divides within communities. It is a fundamental aspect of constructive dialogue and democratic discourse, essential for fostering a culture of empathy, tolerance, and mutual respect." She also stated, "I believe that the answers can come from local government. Right after we leave here today, we all need to get directly to work. Embracing forward motion as an allied team is the only way to provide social, economic, and upward mobility for our region. We must listen, collaborate, compromise, and work together for the greater good. All mobility is inescapably connected to social mobility."

The purpose of the Palm Beach County League of Cities, Inc., is to promote and advance the collective interest of the municipalities of Palm Beach County, Florida; to analyze municipal issues and seek positive results through cooperative efforts; to respect the principles of Home Rule; and to encourage and enhance the quality of life of the citizens of Palm Beach County.

The League consists of all 39 municipalities in Palm Beach County, as well as over 80 Associate members. The Board of Directors, installed each May, is made up of 18 city officials: four executive officers, one representative from each of the League's five districts, six representatives from the largest municipalities, two at-large seats, and the Immediate Past President.

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The Florida League of Cities (FLC), the united voice for Florida’s municipal governments, recently recognized Mayor Chelsea Reed, Deputy City Manager Lori LaVerriere and City Attorney R. Max Lohman with 2024 Home Rule Hero Awards for their hard work and advocacy efforts during the 2024 Legislative Session. As part of a dynamic and dedicated City of Palm Beach Gardens team they worked tirelessly throughout session to promote local voices making local choices, protect the Home Rule powers of Florida’s municipalities and advance the League’s legislative agenda.

“The dedication and effort of these local officials who tirelessly advocated for local decision-making was a difference-maker this legislative session,” said FLC Chief of Legislative Affairs Casey Cook. “On behalf of the League and its legislative team, we’re proud to recognize each of them and thank them for their service.”

Home Rule is the ability for a city to address local problems with local solutions with minimal state interference. Home Rule Hero Award recipients are local government officials, both elected and nonelected, who consistently responded to the League’s request to reach out to members of the Legislature and help give a local perspective on an issue.

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