City Manager, Ken Pulskamp will be accepting a prestigious Program Excellence award on behalf of the City of Santa Clarita at the 91st annual International City/County Management Association (ICMA) conference next week in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Program Excellence awards are presented to local governments and their chief administrators in recognition of their creative and successful programs.
The City of Santa Clarita has been selected to receive the 2005 ICMA Program Excellence Award for Outstanding Public-Private Partnerships in the 50,000-and greater population category for the City’s successes and achievements in planning and implementing the multi-faceted Golden Valley Road, Golden Valley High School and the Centre Pointe Business Park project.
Traffic is generally an issue of focus for many residents in Santa Clarita. The City, along with several partners, has been taking proactive measures to ease traffic congestion and to create new roadways for convenient travel, as seen in the Golden Valley High, Golden Valley Road and Centre Pointe Business Park project. The development is multi-year public works project that involved over 90 entities, including private industry, government, utilities, and non profits.
The project set out to achieve three main goals: 1) Build Golden Valley Road, a new roadway that is three miles long and has a daily capacity of 45,000 vehicles. Located in a previously inaccessible area, it would provide access for the business park and school. The roadway also became the eastern link in a new cross-town road called the “Cross Valley Connector.” 2) Build a brand new high school, Golden Valley High School, with a capacity to serve 2,600 students; and 3) Build the east side’s first major business park, Centre Pointe, creating 10,000 new jobs in the region. The strength of the project is in the collaboration of the 92 partners involved in the project.
In April 2002, the partners celebrated the grand opening of Golden Valley Road, Phase I. In August 2004, a celebration was held in honor of the grand opening of Golden Valley High School. As for Centre Pointe, much of the available lots have been purchased and are currently under construction or ready to open for businesses.
The ICMA Program Excellence Award is a distinguished honor, as hundreds of cities and counties internationally compete for the award on a yearly basis.
In addition, City Manager Ken Pulskamp was one of seven city managers nominated for the ICMA In-Service Training Award for his personal dedication to public service and professional management.