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NEW ORLEANS - The City of New Orleans was selected out of a pool of 200 applicants for first place honors at the U.S. Conference for Mayors' annual meeting in Dallas today.

Mitch Landrieu accepted the award for the 2014 City Livability Awards Program. The first place honors are shared this year with West Sacremento, Ca., Mayor Chris Cabaldon.

New Orleans won the large city award for its NOLAFORLIFE programs, which started in 2012 and aims to reduce the city's historically high murder rate. The award recognizes mayoral leadership in developing and implementing programs that improve the quality of life in America's cities.

'I am proud to accept this year's City Livability Award on behalf of the citizens of New Orleans who have come together as a community to build safer neighborhoods and connect young men with the resources they need to thrive,' Mayor Mitch Landrieu said.

This is the 35thyear the award has been presented by the U.S. Mayors Conference. The winners are picked by current and former mayors attending the conference.

'Our City Livability Awards Program gives us the opportunity to highlight mayoral leadership in making urban areas cleaner, safer, and more livable,' said Tom Cochran, CEO and Executive Director of the Conference of Mayors.

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