St. Cloud Wins Most Livable City in the World

St. Cloud Wins Most Livable City in the World Click to Enlarge Photo: Mayor Dave Kleis

(KNSI) - St. Cloud has been recognized as the most livable city in the world.

Mayor Dave Kleis accepted the award, along with three other gold medals, at the 2019 Livcom Awards in Rome, Italy.

St. Cloud was one of twenty finalists for the most livable city in the world, with a population between 75,000 and 150,000. Among the competition were Tartu, Estonia, Jiangshan, China, and Douz, Tunisia.

St. Cloud took home the gold in three out of the six categories, more than any other city in the competition.

The winning categories included community participation and engagement, arts heritage and culture, and enhancing the landscape and public places.

"It's a great opportunity to highlight St. Cloud, and probably the more important thing is the ability to learn what other cities are doing around the world," said Mayor Kleis.

St. Cloud was recognized for its renewable energy initiatives, including a methane conversion program at the wastewater treatment plant, replacing downtown streetlights with energy-efficient LED lights and other green energy initiatives.

Kleis said he and St. Cloud Metro Bus CEO Ryan Daniel presented on behalf of the city about the city's energy initiatives.

St. Cloud has been a finalist at Livcom Awards four times since 2007.

There is no cost to the taxpayers for the trip to Rome or to enter the contest.