A lot of good things are happening in Port St. Lucie. Here are a few examples:
January 2017: The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, recognized today the City of Port St. Lucie City University as part of the 2017 Bright Ideas in Government initiative. read more
January 2017: Port St. Lucie was named a 2016 Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation in honor of its commitment to effective urban forest management. read more
December 2016: The City of Port St. Lucie’s Building Department has earned the distinguished honor of being among only 25 similar departments to be fully accredited by the International Accreditation Service. read more
December 2016: iVox Solutions relocating to Port St. Lucie will fuel job growth during the course of the next 18 months. read more
November 2016: On Saturday, November 5, 2016, Port St. Lucie Police Department was recognized with their 7th Accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA). read more
October 2016: The City of Port St. Lucie was recognized today as one of the “Best Places to Work” in St. Lucie County – the ninth year the City has earned this prestigious honor. read more
October 2016: The City of Port St. Lucie is one of the safest cities in the nation for residents who live alone, according to a new study by ApartmentAdvisor.com. read more
September 2016: The City of Port St. Lucie will save $4.1 million a year in debt service payments for the next three years after one of the most successful bond sales in the City’s history. read more
August 2016: The City of Port St. Lucie was honored with the nation’s highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting. read more
August 2016: An 18-year employee in the City’s Utility Systems Department was recognized by Florida Water and Pollution Control Operators Association for his expertise in backflow and cross-connection control. read more
August 2016: This year marks the 10th anniversary of Port St. Lucie’s sidewalk priority plan, which has resulted in more than 25 miles of sidewalks constructed in the City so far, and more than $8.8 million invested in sidewalks to enhance safety for residents and visitors in the past decade. read more
August 2016: Employees in the City of Port St. Lucie’s Building Department gave more than 1,000 school supplies collected this summer to Parkway Elementary. read more
August 2016: Wallet Hub states Port St. Lucie is one of the best Florida cities to retire. read more
July 2016: Standard & Poor’s raises the City of Port St. Lucie’s Utility Systems revenue bond rating to A+. read more
July 2016: Litter almost non-existent in Port St. Lucie. read more
July 2016: Port St. Lucie Police Explorer Post 411 earns awards at State Competition read more
June 2016: 800+ jobs saved in the City of Port St. Lucie... read more
June 2016: Torrey Pines Institute for Molecular Studies Selected as a Specialized Center within Experimental Therapeutics (NExT) Program Chemical Biology Consortium. read more
June 2016: Port St. Lucie Ranked 4th Safest Place in Florida (Large City). The top five safest places are a mix of small, mid-sized and large cities.
June 2016: Port St. Lucie Ranked 7th Safest Place to Drive in the new Allstate Report!
June 2016: According to the United States Census Bureau’s 2015 population estimate, Port St. Lucie is the 8th largest city in Florida with 179,413 residents. READ MORE
June 2016: Port St. Lucie captured the #2 spot among cities with the lowest property crime rates in “Property Crime in the South: Midsize Cities with the Lowest, Highest Rates”, a study released by Quotes.Safeco.com. READ MORE
June 2016: Real estate agents are sold on setting up shop in Port St. Lucie. SmartAsset, an online site, which provides financial analytics and advice, ranked Port St. Lucie as the 5th best city in the U.S. for real estate agents. READ MORE
May 2016: John Dunton, Manager of Environmental Services, Port St. Lucie Public Works Department, was named the Florida Chapter American Public Works Association (APWA) Member of the Year for 2016 at the Florida Public Works Expo on April 21. READ MORE
May 2016: Port St. Lucie is one of the best cities in which to start a business according to WalletHub.com, an online personal finance social network. READ MORE
April 2016: Port St. Lucie is one of the best places to live in Florida, according to Livability.com, a website which examines community amenities, education and the economy to develop city rankings. READ MORE
April 2016: Macaroni Kid readers voted the interactive fountain at the Civic Center as the winner of the 2015/2016 Macaroni Kid Gold Daisy Award in the “Place for Outdoor Fun” category. READ MORE
March 2016: Port St. Lucie is #1 city for millennials buying their first home.
February 2016: Florida Department of Health announced the 80 communities, including Port St. Lucie, recognized as 2016 Healthy Weight Community Champions. The recognition program highlights local government efforts to increase physical activity and improve nutrition as part of Healthiest Weight Florida. READ MORE
January 2016: The South Florida Surf and City of Port St. Lucie are awarded a franchise by the Premiere Development League (PDL). This semi-professional soccer team will be playing all of its home games in Port St. Lucie at the South County Regional Stadium. They will be part of a national league that has over 80 teams. READ MORE
December 2015: Port St. Lucie is ranked nationally for ‘economic momentum’ in the Milken Institute's 2015 Best-Performing Cities report.
November 2015: Port St. Lucie is one of “America’s 50 Best Cities to Live” according to 24/7 Wall St., a website which offers online analysis and commentary for U.S. and global investors.
October 2015: Standard & Poor’s financial service affirms Port St. Lucie’s favorable AA- rating on the city’s general obligation bonds, and A+ rating on other bonds. S&P says the city has “Very strong management, with ‘strong’ financial policies.”
September 2015: Port St. Lucie named one of the “Top Trending Vacation Rental Destinations” by FlipKey, a TripAdvisor company and online vacation rental marketplace.
August 2015: Expedia.com ranks Port St. Lucie as the 14th most comfortable place in the U.S. for a hotel stay. Expedia reviewed data compiled from millions of customers and created a list of the 101 cities with the highest hotel comfort ratings.
July 2015: For the second year in a row, Forbes.com names Port St. Lucie as one of the 10 best cities in the U.S. for job growth, saying that retiring baby boomers are increasing demand for services that create jobs.
July 2015: Bloomberg Business states Port St. Lucie will be one of the leading cities in the nation to see economic growth in 2016. With a projected economic growth rate of 4 percent, the city ranked 14th in the U.S., partly because of a continued growth in the local retirement population.
June 2015: Ranked Best City in the U.S. for Firefighters by consumer research company ValuePenguin.
May 2015: Investor's Business Daily names Port St. Lucie 2nd "hottest housing market" in the U.S for the first quarter of 2015. Also reported in The Wall Street Journal. The news was based on statistics from the National Association of Realtors.
March 2015: Golf Digest rates the PGA Golf Course here as one of the best in the state.
2015: Allstate Insurance Company ranks PSL as one of the 50 safest cities for driving in the U.S. Only one other Florida city made the list.
September 2014: WalletHub.com ranks Port St. Lucie 7th in its list of Best Places to Retire in the U.S.
August 2014: The National Weather Service recognizes Port St. Lucie as a StormReady Community. The city is the 19th StormReady certified city in Florida. Residents may be eligible for insurance discounts as a result.
August 2014: The Keep America Beautiful Committee gives Port St. Lucie a score of 1.22 on its recent Community Appearance Litter Index. It is the lowest score the city ever received and means the Committee has determined PSL has minimal litter in public places.
July 2014: Forbes.com names Port St. Lucie the 8th Best City for Job Growth in the country, saying jobs are mainly in healthcare, retail and leisure and hospitality.
May 2014: Travel-related website DestinationSeeker.com ranks PSL as the Best Place to Live in Florida.
March 2014: Port St. Lucie ranks 13th Best City to Start a Business in the U.S. by WalletHub.com, which is an online social network about personal finance.
January 2014: Forbes ranks the city as one of the 25 Best Places to Retire.
January 2014: Movoto.com, a national online real estate brokerage, ranks PSL number one on a list of the 10 Best Places to Live in Florida.
October 2013: Forbes names PSL one of the 200 Best Places for Business & Careers.
2013: Allstate Insurance Company ranks PSL as one of the 50 safest cities for driving in the U.S. Only one other Florida city made the list.
2012: The U.S. Census Bureau says PSL had the nation’s highest homeownership rate, with 76 percent of houses occupied by the owner. In 2013 PSL moved up to 78 percent. The national average is 65 percent.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics says the fastest-growing segment of the local job market is Professional and Business Services. That category has grown 11 percent in the last year and is up 41 percent from the low in June of 2010. This equals 4,800 new jobs.
The unemployment rate in Port St. Lucie was 6.4 percent in August, down from 13.6 percent in August 2010.
The Realtors Association of the Palm Beaches says the median sale price for a single family home in Port St. Lucie in August 2015 was up 16.1 percent from August 2014, and it is selling faster.
Applications for building permits are up. In 2014, PSL issued 20,799 permits, which is an increase of 58 percent from the low in 2009. In the first half of 2015, applications are 24 percent over the same period in 2014.
PSL’s property values are up 6.5 percent for 2014.
2013: PSL’s crime rate falls 19.3 percent, after falling 19.6 percent in 2012. It is the 11th year that Port St. Lucie had the lowest crime rate in Florida for a city with a population of 100,000 or more, according to Florida Department of Law Enforcement statistics.
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