City of Tupelo Awards
Tupelo: All-America City for the Fifth Time – Watch our Presentation
History Made in 2015
In June, Tupelo made history by becoming the only city in the South to be named an All-America City five times. That honor has been earned only seven times in the United States of America.
Tupelo was one of 10 of 16 cities to earn the All-America City designation in Denver, with the theme of "Dare to Dream" presented by a team, 41 strong, of city officials, community leaders and nonprofit group members.
The presentation featured programs in the city designed to help vulnerable youth in Tupelo.
Tupelo has won this honor, considered the highest municipal award in the country, in 1967, 1989, 1999 and 2011.
Todd Hunt, Director of BancorpSouth Arena and Conference Center, Luminary Award
Todd Hunt, executive director of BancorpSouth Arena and Conference Center, was one of 20 facility executives nationwide to earn Luminary Awards, based on nominations from booking agents, talent buyers, promoters and other facility managers.
Mississippi State Crime Stoppers Top Supporting Law Enforcement Agency
Deputy Police Chief Allan Gilbert went to a conference on the Gulf Coast in mid-January, where he accepted the Mississippi State Crime Stoppers Top Supporting Law Enforcement Agency of the Year Award.
Mississippi Municipal League Award of Excellence
In June, the City of Tupelo was awarded the Mississippi Municipal League's highest honor - the Overall Award of Excellence - presented during the MML Convention on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
Public Works Department
David Knight was honored by the Mississippi Urban Forest Council with its Lifetime Achievement Award. David supervises the City of Tupelo Tree Farm, which for 30 years has seen trees planted in public places across the city. Now, he is overseeing the Nine Year Plan to restore the canopy of trees destroyed by the April 2014 tornado.
The City of Tupelo was awarded the council's Scenic Community of Mississippi Reforesting Award and received its Tree City flag for participating in the program for 11 years.
Tupelo Convention and Visitors Bureau
Tupelo was honored with Southeast Tourism Society Shining Example Awards, including:
2015 Governmental Friend of Tourism - Mayor Jason Shelton
2015 Rising Star - Kylie Boring, Director of Marketing for Tupelo CVB
Parks and Recreation
Tupelo Parks and Recreation was recognized with two awards at the annual Mississippi Recreation and Parks Association state conference. Those awards included:
- Hayward "Bo" Phillips Design Award of Merit - Joyner Splash Pad
- Award of Excellence in Special Events Sports Programming - The USA Swimming Southern Zone Age Group Championship hosted by the Tupelo Aquatic Center.