ImageOn Local Government Day in the State of Pennsylvania, Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski traveled to Harrisburg to attend a ceremony at the Pennsylvania State Capitol’s East Wing Rotunda where he received the 2013 Governor’s Award for Local Government Excellence.

Pawlowski was one of eight local government leaders and 12 communities across the state to receive recognition from Pennsylvania Lt. Governor Jim Cawley, on behalf of Governor Tom Corbett.

“I am deeply honored to be recognized by the Governor’s Center for Local Government Services,” said Pawlowski.  “My administration has worked extremely hard to leverage the progress we had made over the past several years and turn that progress in success. We have planned for economic development, blight elimination, redevelopment, crime prevention and more; all these things are coming together to transform our city.”

The award recognizes local governments whose exceptional efforts have resulted in improved service delivery and whose achievement or program serves as a model for Pennsylvania’s local governments.

“The governor and I understand the immense responsibility you all have to provide solutions that make your community a vibrant place to live, work and raise a family,” said Lt. Governor Cawley.  “Today is recognition of your dedication to public service, and a celebration of leadership and innovation that has resulted in vibrant communities for the citizens you serve.”