The Town of White Castle recently was awarded the Beautification Award at the 80th Annual Louisiana Municipal Association Convention held at the Shreveport Convention Center from July 27-19.

Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser, Secretary of State Tom Schedler, LED Secretary Don Pierson and National League of Cities President, Matt Zone were among those headlining the state’s largest gathering of municipalities. The opening session on Thursday included an address from Joe Bishop, President of the Police Jury Association of Louisiana and Secretary Schedler gave a spirited keynote address. The Lieutenant Governor was a special guest speaker at Friday morning’s prayer breakfast and Pastor Denny Duron of Shreveport Community Church gave a keynote address that was moving and inspirational.

Nungesser presented the second annual Lieutenant Governor’s Beautification Awards to 20 communities throughout the state, including the Town of White Castle.

The Beautification Awards winners are:

City of Abbeville
Town of Abita Springs
City of Baton Rouge
Village of Fenton
Town of Grand Isle
City of Gretna
Town of Homer
Town of Jean Lafitte
Jefferson Parish
Lafayette Consolidated Government
Town of Lecompte
Village of Loreauville
City of Monroe
Town of Pearl River
City of Pineville
City of Rayne
City of Ruston
City of Tallulah
Town of White Castle
City of Winnfield

Later at the Convention, Grosse Tete Mayor Michael Chauffe was installed as one of 10 District Vice Presidents of the LMA across the state.  The 10 District Vice Presidents are:

District A: Tommy Davis, Mayor, Minden
District B: Eugene Smith, Mayor, Arcadia
District C: Paxton Branch, Tallulah
District D: Rick Allen, Mayor, Leesville
District E: Nathan Martin, Councilman, Pineville
District F: Purvis Morrison, Mayor, Scott
District G: Greg Jones, Mayor, Crowley
District H: Michael Chauffe, Mayor, Grosse Tete
District I: Donald Villere, Mayor, Mandeville
District J: Rodney Grogran, Mayor, Patterson

"This award reminds us that no matter what you must keep pushing despite the obstacles,” White Castle Mayor Gerald Williams said.  “I truly believe that our best is yet to come for White Castle, it makes our citizens proud to know the amount of work it takes to achieve goals and make our community better day by day."

Earlier in the year, Mayor Williams wrote a grant to enhance, gentrify and beautify the Town of White Castle.  This grant awarded $3,300 to the Town through Keep Louisiana Beautiful.

The Beautification Award was not the only recent success found by the White Castle Mayor.  On Aug. 4, Mayor Williams completed his three years of study at the University of Central Arkansas and was among 25 individuals awarded graduation certificates at the 31st annual Community Development Institute.

CDI trains community leaders and economic development professionals on how to strengthen their local economies and build communities. This is achieved by developing the ability of participants to identify community assets, set goals, encourage collaboration and partnerships with stakeholders and bring communities, organizations and businesses together to respond to a broad range of economic and quality of life issues.

Participants in the program move through the curriculum in cohorts and are exposed to a comprehensive, applied approach to the field of community and economic development.  Job well done to Mayor Williams and the Town of White Castle for their recent successes.