Town Yearly Awards - 2022
No. 1 'Best Place to Live in Texas'
Flower Mound is the No. 1 “Best Place to Live in Texas,” according to real estate and mortgage lending company Rocket. Flower Mound was picked as the top spot after Rocket analyzed 70 of the most populated cities in Texas using 11 different metrics, including crime and unemployment rates, median rent and monthly income, housing costs, and more. Flower Mound was ranked #1 in all of Texas thanks to the following measurements:
- No. 1 lowest property crime rate
- No. 2 lowest violent crime rate
- No. 3 best housing cost to income ratio at 17.7 percent
- No. 3 best well-being index
- No. 5 lowest unemployment rate at 3.6 percent
To read the whole report from Rocket, visit http://bit.ly/3IVnd3A.
No. 4 'Most Livable Small City'
Flower Mound is the No. 4 “Most Livable Small City in the U.S.,” according to a study by SmartAsset, an online personal finance company. Researchers examined cities with populations between 65,000 and 100,000, comparing several key factors, including housing costs as a percentage of median income, unemployment rates, dining options, and commute times. This is the second year in a row Flower Mound held on to the #4 spot. We're also the only Texas community in the top 30. The full study can be read online.
Flower Mound is the No. 1 'Safest Place in Texas'
Flower Mound is the safest place in Texas, according to background screening service GoodHire. For their report, GoodHire compared FBI data on property, violent, and society crime in cities of all 50 states. In Texas, they found Flower Mound to be the safest locality with a population greater than 30,000. GoodHire says Flower Mound is exceptionally rated for all three crime types and should be viewed as one of the safest places to live and work.
To learn more and see the full report from GoodHire, visit http://bit.ly/3Vjop3Y.
Achievement in Excellence of Libraries Award
Planning Division Wins State Award
The Town’s Planning Division was awarded the 2022 Certificate of Achievement from the Texas Chapter of the American Planning Association's Planning Excellence Program. This is the third year in a row the Town has received this honor. Flower Mound is one of only 44 Texas cities to receive this recognition in 2022.
The certificate recognizes the professional planning standards demonstrated by the Town's planning staff and the support provided by the Town Council and Planning and Zoning Commission. Additionally, the Town met the Chapter's goals for increasing awareness of professional planning by meeting a variety of professional requirements.
Fleet Division Earns Bronze Fleet Recognition Award
The Town of Flower Mound took home the Bronze Fleet Recognition Award from the DFW Clean Cities Coalition. The award recognizes Fleet Divisions that work toward reducing petroleum use and improving air quality.
The Town of Flower Mound was one of 21 localities recognized. We're aiming for GOLD in 2023! The Town also received a Shining Star recognition for our efficiency strategies. Congratulations to our awesome Fleet team, and thank you for everything you do behind the scenes to keep our Town running!
The Town of Flower Mound Earns Distinguished Budget Presentation Award
For the 30th consecutive year, the Town of Flower Mound has earned the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award from the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA).
The award, which the Town received for the 2021-22 Fiscal Year Budget, represents a significant achievement for Flower Mound and reflects the commitment of Town staff to meet the highest principles of governmental budgeting. In order to receive the budget award, the Town had to satisfy nationally recognized guidelines for effective budget presentation.
For more information and to read the 2021-22 budget, please visit www.flower-mound.com/budget.
Communications Department Earns 22 State Awards
The Town’s Communications Department recently won 22 state awards from the Texas Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (TATOA), including the Overall Excellence award for departments with an operating budget below $250,000. Here’s a full list of the award-winning video work:
- Overall Excellence
- Profile of an Organization: Library Creation Lab Series
- Animal Services: Super Bowl Pup Picks
- Event Program/Promotion: 2021 Library Summer Reading Challenge
- Magazine Format: Town Matters
- Public Education: Lock Your Doors
- Use of Humor: 2022 Library Summer Reading Challenge
- Instruction/Training: eTRAKit
- Parks and Recreation: 2022 Library Summer Reading Challenge
- Public Health/Public Safety: SRO Intros
- Partnership Production: Shop Local Week
- Special Audience: SRO Intros
- Arts and Entertainment: Library Creation Lab Series
- Profile of an Organization: State of the City
- Arts and Entertainment: Arts Festival at Heritage Park
- Public Education: Shop Local Week
- Instruction/Training: EnvironMinutes Native Plants
- Military: Memorial Day 2022
- Special Audience: 2021 Library Summer Reading Challenge
- Public Health/Public Safety: Lock Your Doors
- Event Program/Promotion: 2021 Christmas Parade Promo
- Use of Humor: 2021 Christmas Parade Promo
If you’re not following us on Facebook or Twitter, you’re missing out on all of these award-winning videos. You can also find all Town-produced videos on our Youtube channel (www.youtube.com/TownofFlowerMound) or streaming live on www.flower-mound.com/fmtv.
2022 Preservation Achievement Award
Flower Mound's Parks and Recreation Department accepted the 2022 Preservation Achievement Award for its work restoring and preserving the Gibson-Grant Log House. The award comes from Preservation Dallas, a nonprofit dedicated to the preservation and revitalization of historic buildings, neighborhoods, and places.
In 2021, the Town completed restoration work on the Gibson-Grant Log House, and in partnership with the Denton County Office of History and Culture, began offering free tours to the public. You can visit the house Fridays from 1 to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. To learn more, please visit www.flower-mound.com/gibsongrant.
No. 1 'Best Place to Live in Denton County'
Flower Mound is the No. 1 "Best Place to Live in Denton County," according to Niche, an online resource with comprehensive report cards and rankings on U.S. neighborhoods, schools, and more. Researchers based the findings off of key factors, including crime rates, public schools, cost of living, job opportunities, and local amenities. You can read the full report online.
Communications Department Wins Top State Awards
The Flower Mound Communications Department brought home two trophies from the Texas Association of Municipal Information Officers (TAMIO) Conference last week.
- First Place – 2020 Annual Report (https://bit.ly/3mJMhOM)
- Second Place – Regular or Recurring Program – Around Town (https://bit.ly/3OaLuBV)
The awards recognize outstanding communication by Texas communities in a variety of categories. Judging is conducted by non-TAMIO members with expertise in communications and municipal government. Check out our award-winning work at the links above!
Communications Department Earns National Awards
Flower Mound’s Communications Department recently received two awards from the City-County Communications and Marketing Association (3CMA). The Savvy Awards, held in conjunction with 3CMA’s annual conference, recognize outstanding local government achievements in communications, public-sector marketing, and citizen-government relationships.
The Flower Mound Communications Department won a first-place award in the “One Time Special Programming” category for its videos introducing Flower Mound’s School Resource Officers. If you’d like to see the award-winning videos, visit https://bit.ly/3CBc2s4. The department also earned a third-place award in the “Printed Publications - Annual Reports” category for the 2020 Annual Report. Please visit www.flower-mound.com/annualreport to view the full report.
Flower Mound Fire Department Earns Achievement Award from the American Heart Association
For the third consecutive year, the Flower Mound Fire Department has received the Mission: Lifeline EMS Gold Plus achievement award from the American Heart Association. The award designates the Fire Department as an elite group of prehospital providers and acknowledges the department’s commitment to offering rapid, research-based care to people experiencing heart attacks.
Heritage Park Named Living Magazine's 'Best City Park'
Heritage Park was voted the "Best City Park" in the 2022 Living Magazine Best of Flower Mound Readers' Choice publication. The annual "Best Of" edition asked Living Magazine readers to cast votes to help determine the best in dining, entertainment, healthcare, retail, and more in our area.
Thank you to everyone who voted for Heritage Park. You can find this Flower Mound staple at 600 Spinks Rd. Stop by to enjoy the Wildlife Encounter Trail, disc golf course, Fort Wildflower playground, Heritage Springs Splash Pad, new outdoor fitness area, and more! For more information, visit www.flower-mound.com/parks.
'Best of Denton County' Winners
Flower Mound Police Officer Patrick Johnson, the Flower Mound Fire Department, and Mayor Derek France are all winners of the 2022 Best of Denton County award. Officer Johnson was voted "Best Police Officer," the Flower Mound Fire Department was voted "Best Fire Station," and Mayor France was voted "Best Mayor."
The “Best Of” edition asked residents to cast votes in multiple categories to help determine the best in everything from education, to beauty and wellness, to dining, entertainment, retail, and more. Officer Buck and the Flower Mound Fire Department were nominated and collected the most resident votes in the Community and Non-Profit category. To see the full list, visit bestofdentoncounty.com/winner/.
No 4. 'Best Suburb to Buy a House in the DFW Area'
Flower Mound is the No. 4 "Best Suburb to Buy a House in the DFW Area," according to Niche, an online resource with comprehensive report cards and rankings on U.S. neighborhoods, schools, and more. Researchers based the findings off of key factors, including home values, taxes, crime rates, and quality of local schools, and real estate trends from the U.S. Census and other data sources. You can read the full report online. In addition, Flower Mound was named the No. 9 "Best Suburb to Buy a House in Texas" in 2021 and 2022.
No. 8 'Place with the Best Public Schools in Texas'
Flower Mound is the No. 8 "Place with the Best Public Schools in Texas," according to Niche, an online research tool with comprehensive report cards, rankings, and reviews on U.S. neighborhoods, schools, and more. Researchers based their 2022 findings on state test scores, graduation rates, SAT/ACT scores, teacher quality, and reviews from students and parents. You can read the full report online.
No. 10 'Best Suburb to Raise a Family in Texas'
Flower Mound is the No. 10 "Best Suburb to Raise a Family in Texas," according to Niche, an online research tool with comprehensive report cards, rankings, and reviews on U.S. neighborhoods, schools, and more. Researchers ranked cities by many key factors, including quality of local schools, safety, affordability, and access to family amenities. You can read the full report online.
No. 14 'Safest City in Texas'
Flower Mound is the No. 14 “Safest City in Texas,” according to SafeWise, an online resource for all things safety and security. Researchers based the findings off of FBI crime report statistics and population data. Since the last report was released in 2021, the Town jumped 11 spots in the rankings. Flower Mound is the only locality in the top 15 with a population over 55,000.