For Immediate Release Contact: Catherine Smith 202.962.3632
June 21, 2012 firstname.lastname@example.org
“SAN ANTONIO LIVES”
New time-lapse video captures the vibrant life of the city.
WASHINGTON, D.C.— A new two-minute time-lapse video that captures a day in the life of San Antonio kicks off Life, Well Run, a national campaign to raise awareness of the contributions professional local government managers make to cities, towns, and counties across the United States.
“San Antonio Lives” captures the vibrant cultural, historic, and workaday world of the city. Filmed this May, the video takes viewers from familiar San Antonio landmarks such as the Alamo and the Riverwalk to the city’s down-home nightlife. The video appeals to residents’ pride in the city and reminds them why it’s a good place to live, work, and play.
San Antonio is one of five pilot communities to be featured in the Life, Well Run campaign prior to its nationwide launch next year. The campaign, an initiative of ICMA, the International City/County Management Association, aims to help people learn how government operates and the role of the city manager in making their community a place they’re proud to call home.
ICMA chose San Antonio as a pilot community because of its national reputation as a successful, well-managed city, as demonstrated by its triple-A general obligation bond ratings from all three of the major bond-rating agencies.
In 2009, ICMA recognized City Manager Sheryl Sculley with an award for career excellence. The award cited her work in fostering a more efficient and business-friendly organizational structure, quality-of-life projects, and consensus building among local elected officials. It also noted that she increased the city’s financial reserves from 3 percent in 2006 to 9 percent in 2008, making San Antonio one of only two US cities with a population of one million or more to earn Standard & Poor’s AAA rating.
ICMA, the International City/County Management Association, advances professional local government worldwide. The organization’s mission is to create excellence in local governance by developing and fostering professional management to build sustainable communities that improve people’s lives. ICMA provides member support; publications; data and information; peer and results-oriented assistance; and training and professional development to 9,000 city, town, and county managers and other individuals and organizations throughout the world. The management decisions made by ICMA’s members affect millions of individuals living in thousands of communities, from small villages and towns to large metropolitan areas.