City Manager Lands National Award

Sugar Land Town Square. Photo by Joey Belleza.

The International City/County Management Association (ICMA) selected City Manager Allen Bogard to receive the Award for Career Excellence. ICMA is the world’s leading association of professional city and county managers and other employees who serve local governments. Membership in ICMA includes more than 12,000 local government professionals. The association’s Award for Career Excellence recognizes an outstanding chief local government administrator who has fostered representative democracy by enhancing the effectiveness of local elected officials and by consistently initiating creative and successful programs.

Allen Bogard.

Bogard will be formally recognized during ICMA’s annual conference in October. Considered ICMA’s most prestigious award, the distinction caps a 40-year career in the public sector for Bogard that also included recognition as the Texas City Management Association’s Administrator of the Year Award in 2005.

Bogard plans to retire on January 31, 2020.  He joined the city in January 1995 as a deputy city manager and was promoted to city manager in 2001. While in Sugar Land, Bogard’s implementation of City Council’s vision for the city has resulted in numerous state and national recognitions, including “Best Place to Live” and “Safest City.”

“I have approached my career in city management as a noble calling,” said Bogard. “Our founding fathers said that government’s primary purpose was the safety of the people and their pursuit of happiness. City government is uniquely positioned to achieve these ends – to create an environment for the people to flourish. Over my career, I have strived to achieve this noble purpose.”

Among his many accomplishments and initiatives have been the creation of the award-winning Sugar Land Town Square; a growing economic development program; the relocation of corporate headquarters such as Minute Maid; the recognition of Sugar Land Regional Airport as the top fixed-based operator in the Western Hemisphere; and Sugar Land’s reputation for strong financial management, low taxes, a AAA bond rating and a high level of services.

The city has more than doubled in population under Bogard’s leadership and seen the addition – and expansion – of First Colony Mall, Constellation Field, the Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land, the University of Houston at Sugar Land and the Houston Museum of Natural Science at Sugar Land.

Sugar Land has become a burgeoning employment, educational and medical center, creating thousands of new jobs, as well as becoming an entertainment destination. Other achievements under Bogard’s leadership include:

Sugar Land remains safer than ever before, with the lowest crime rate in 20 years.

Ambulance service was launched after years of rapid growth in Sugar Land necessitated a change in EMS delivery.

Maintaining infrastructure, facilities and quality-of-life amenities at the high level expected by Sugar Land residents has been a priority.

The city’s position as an economic powerhouse and financial leader – as well as a focus on strengthened resilience – now contributes to improved quality of life and minimizes the residential tax burden. Sugar Land now has more than 66,300 jobs and is home to high-profile regional and international corporations housed in more than 24 million square feet of commercial space, doubling Sugar Land’s assessed commercial valuation in the last 10 years.

The appearance of the community and the amenities valued by its citizens have contributed to what makes Sugar Land one of a kind, including expansion of the city’s greenspaces and trail systems through the addition of signature facilities, such as Oyster Creek Park, Memorial Park, Imperial Park and Cullinan Park.

Community-building efforts, citizen engagement and responding to the needs of citizens have resulted in programs such as Sugar Land 101, multicultural initiatives, expanded cultural arts and the city’s first animal shelter.

Sugar Land Regional Airport has evolved into the region’s premier corporate aviation facility.

Sugar Land has continued to retain and challenge a champion workforce that consistently exceeds the high expectations of the Sugar Land community.

The cultivation of the “Sugar Land Way” has been made possible through good governance practices, a business-like approach to decision-making, community listening and responding to the needs of the community. According to the City’s Citizen Satisfaction Survey, the effectiveness of City communications is 26 percent higher than other cities across the country.

The Sugar Land City Charter identifies the city manager as the chief executive officer hired to serve City Council and the community and provides the professional expertise necessary to administer local government projects and programs.