|City of Fullerton|
Public Information Office
303 W. Commonwealth
Fullerton, CA 92832
Phone: (714) 738-6317
|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE||PRESS RELEASE #15614|
|Subject :||City of Fullerton and City Manager Received Innovation Awards|
|Contact :||Fullerton City Manager’s Office (714) 738-6317|
|Fullerton, Ca – The city of Fullerton, along with their City Manager, Joe Felz, were honored at the third annual Golden Hub of Innovation Awards hosted by the Association of California Cities, Orange County (ACC-OC) on June 26. The event recognized innovation in local government. Councilwoman Jennifer Fitzgerald along with City of Fullerton staff attended the ceremony at the Discovery Science Center in Santa Ana.|
The City of Fullerton received an Honorable Mention Award in the Energy and Environmental Quality category for its cost-saving and innovative establishment of a CNG Fueling station at the corner of Basque and Commonwealth Avenues.
The City of Fullerton's EcoFuel CNG (Compressed Natural Gas) fueling facility started as a way to provide the city's vehicle fleet with a domestically produced, clean, and inexpensive fuel. During the design process, the city identified a local need for a convenient CNG fueling location for the public to utilize. Hence, combining a consumer friendly publically accessible fueling location into the city’s original clean air fueling strategy made the most sense. The project has turned into a close partnership with the Mobile Source Air Reduction Review Committee, the United States Department of Energy, other local agencies, and the North Orange County community to utilize one of the cleanest burning fuels that is readily available.
Since EcoFuel CNG opened to the public, the CNG fueling facility has become an important part of the community for clean burning fuel. There are nearly 100 visits per day from resident, commuter, utility company, school bus, trucking company, and taxis service vehicles utilizing the facility. Each natural gas fuel-up represents greater energy security for the United States, lower emissions, and lower operating costs when compared to conventional fueled vehicles. The impacts of these benefits are not only seen nationally, but also on a local level for the community.
One of the highlights of the evening was the announcement that Fullerton City Manager, Joe Felz, was awarded the ACC-OC’s "Innovator of the Year Award" in recognition of the City’s many innovative programs and contributions. Felz, Fullerton’s City Manager since May 2011, has served in a variety of roles in the city of Fullerton for the past 30 years.
In addition to starting many popular city-wide events such as the outdoor Fullerton Market, the "First Night Fullerton" New Year's Eve celebration, and the annual July 4 "Community Fireworks Show and Festival," Felz also worked closely with the Fullerton business community on revitalization efforts in the downtown Fullerton district
The "Innovator of the Year Award," recognized Mr. Felz’ tenure as City Manager, and recognized his successes in balancing the City’s finances, overseeing the dissolution of the former Redevelopment Agency, and refocusing efforts to address needed infrastructure improvements. It also recognized Felz for developing several new partnerships and initiatives to create more efficiencies in local government, including the successful merger of the Fire Department Command staff of the Brea and Fullerton Fire Departments. Recently, Felz led the effort toward the formation of a citywide economic development program.
Started in 2011, The Golden Hub Awards, recognizes cities and agencies whose programs save taxpayers money, reduce expenses, and improve management and operations. For photos from the event, please go to: http://www.accoc.org/3rd-annual-golden-hub-of-innovation-awards/