The city was honored because of its quality of life plan and its efforts to beauty the area through a variety of projects. Tom Easterly from the department presented the Southport City Council with a plaque Oct. 20.
“This means that the city can move forward with beautification projects because of the grants we can now get,” said Mayor Jesse Testruth. “We can make it a better, cleaner city for you to live. We can give better quality of life to the citizens.”
The initiative was started by former Mayor Rob Thoman.
Of the 106 cities in Indiana, 10 have received the award. Southport will receive six signs from the department to advertise the designation.