On October 5, 2017, Mayor Jim Griffin accepted an award for Bedford as a Bronze Certification Scenic City at an event held in conjunction with the Texas Municipal League’s Annual Conference. 150 city officials and business leaders from across the state were on hand to recognize Bedford, which was among 13 cities to earn certification for the 2017-2022 period.
The Scenic City Certification Program is a project of Scenic Texas, Inc. and its Program Partners. Texas cities access this diagnostic program for an objective review of existing municipal infrastructure ordinances as they relate to public roadways and public spaces. The evaluation compares the applicant city’s standards to the unique Scenic City model devised by the partnership organizations. Assessment is points-based, with every applicant city receiving a detailed, scored evaluation. Official certification can be earned by the cities that score in the upper range and meet stringent scenic streetscape standards.
Understanding that the more a community does to enhance its unique set of assets -- whether natural, man-made or cultural – the better positioned it will be for growth, the Scenic City assessment took note that the city of Bedford is currently in an era of revitalization and rebranding, balanced with planned economic growth, geared around enhancement of public roadways and public spaces. As a result, Bedford earned its Bronze Scenic City certification.
For more information about the award, please visit: www.sceniccitycertification.org