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The City of Corinth was one of thirteen cities recognized as a 2018 Certified Scenic City award recipient through the Scenic City Certification Program. The Certification Program recognizes cities for their demonstrated commitment to high-quality scenic standards for public roadways and public spaces. Corinth upgraded the existing certification status from bronze in 2014 to Silver in 2018. The Scenic City Certification Program is a project of Scenic Texas and its program partners, and is the first in the U.S. to incorporate a comprehensive set of model standards for design and development of public roadways and public spaces into one program. The program draws a direct correlation between the success of a city’s economic development efforts and the visual appearance of its public spaces and recognizes municipalities that implement high-quality scenic standards. "The Scenic City program is a great way for Cities to determine if they are on the right path with regards to beautification and development regulations, " stated Bob Hart City Manager, " It is truly a testament to the Corinth city council and staff." To earn a Scenic City certification a city must initially meet three criteria before applying to the program including having a strictly regulated and enforced sign code, and a landscaping and tree planting program. Then, a city’s existing standards are assessed and scored based on a model of some 70+ possible criteria ranging from percentage of park and open space, strong litter enforcement laws, street lighting standards, to parking lot landscaping, utility line management, and more. Under the scoring system, an applicant earns Recognized, Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum Certification. Scenic City Certification program partners include the Texas Municipal League, Urban Land Institute – Austin, Urban Land Institute – Houston, Urban Land Institute – San Antonio, American Planning Association Texas, Houston-Galveston Area Council, American Council of Engineering Companies Houston, Hill Country Alliance, Keep Texas Beautiful, Texas Downtown Association, Texas Economic Development Council, Texas Historical Commission, North Central Texas Council of Governments, Scenic Houston and Scenic America.
Learn more at www.sceniccitycertification.org.