The Town of Sterlington recently received an honorable mention for economic development as part of the Louisiana Municipal Association's 2013 Community Achievement Awards, which were given out for the 46th year to towns and cities displaying outstanding improvements and accomplishments in their communities.

“Louisiana's mayors and municipal officials work long hours and endure significant sacrifices to achieve tangible and measurable progress for their towns and cities,” read a recent LMA press release. “We congratulate all of the municipalities which competed in this year's Community Achievement Awards Program.”

The competition was sponsored by the Louisiana Department of Economic Development, Louisiana Industrial Development Executives Association and the Louisiana Municipal Association. The committee reviewing the submissions was comprised of judges from the Louisiana Department of Economic Development, the Capitol Region Planning Commission, the Louisiana Industrial Development Executives Association, Louisiana Main Street and Louisiana Office of State Fire Marshal.

According to Dr. Brookie Allphin, a communications and governmental consultant, the awards honor the “vision and ingenuity of elected municipal officials and those who assist them in planning and improving citizen services, community life and economic conditions.”

Community achievement awards were handed out on Saturday, Aug. 2 at the LMA's annual banquet at the Baton Rouge River Center. During the same banquet, Grand Isle Mayor David Camardelle was sworn in as president of the LMA. Camardelle replaced former president Sterlington Mayor Vern Breland.