Mayor Sylvester Turned has been named the nation's City Leader of the Year by the national business news publication Smart Cities Dive.
"Since starting his four-year term as mayor in January 2016, Turner, a born and raised Houstonian, has prioritized the city's resilience and quality of life for all residents, which was especially apparent following Hurricane Harvey. He said the city has faced three '500-year storms' in the last three years — two of which were under his administration — and with every natural disaster comes a deeper understanding of how to prepare for the next while still prioritizing residents," Smart Cities Dive wrote.
"You need to be very candid and straightforward," Turner told Smart Cities Dive. "We recognize that these storms are coming with more intensity … And if you're standing still, you're moving backwards. We’re not interested in putting the city back where it was pre-Harvey."
The 2018 Dive Awards recognize the nation's top innovators in business and government. The selection process starts with suggestions from Industry Dive readers.