City News & Awards

As Inverness grows, so does the recognition of the fine city in which we live. We are proud to have received the following awards and designations, as well as write-ups in various national publications.

National City of the Year National City of the Year
In 2009, the City of Inverness was selected as "City of the Year" by the prestigious Veterans organization, the "Forty & Eight". Inverness received the award in recognition of the many memorial events hosted annually to honor members of military service, both veteran and active.

Arbor Day seal Tree City USA
The National Arbor Day Foundation and the U.S. Forestry Service has designated the City of Inverness as a Tree City for over 20 consecutive years. To receive a Tree City USA designation, a city must meet four standards: a tree board or department, a tree care ordinance, an established community forestry program with an annual budget of at least $2 per capita, and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation. The program is aimed at getting communities to protect and better manage its tree resources.

Gateway Community
The Florida Trail Association recently designated the City of Inverness as a Gateway Community. This program brings community leaders and local Florida Trail chapter volunteers together for their mutual benefit. Promoting local economic stimulus and awareness of the Florida Trail. Currently there are eight such communities in the state, with the City of Inverness being one of them.

Read this article from "Footprint," the magazine of the Florida Trail Association, on Inverness becoming a Gateway Community. Or, read this one from a past issue on things to do in the city.

David W York Award Leader in Water Reuse
In spring of 2014, the City of Inverness Water Reclamation Facility, located on Highway 41 South, was recognized by the Florida Water Environment Association (FWEA) for excellence. The facility operation received the David W. York Award for its water reuse system. The award is given by the FWEA Water Reuse Committee to honor utilities for their commitment to, and their accomplishments in, developing and maintaining exemplary reuse programs.

Purple Heart City Award Purple Heart City
As part of the 2014 Flag Day ceremony, the City of Inverness received an official designation as a Purple Heart City by the members of Aaron A Weaver Chapter 776 Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH) and the Dept. of Florida MOPH. As part of this honor, the City will annually proclaim and recognize August 7th as "Purple Heart Day".

Healthy Weight Community Champion
In 2008, the City of Inverness was recognized as a Hidden Hero of Public Health by the Florida Department of Health.

While the name of the award may have changed, the vision and policies of the City have not. We are pleased to announce that in 2014 the City of Inverness was recognized as a Healthy Weight Community Champion by supporting events and facilities that offer increased physical activity levels and improved nutrition. City parks and trails introduce citizens healthy alternatives and activities to enjoy.