'Most Livable' Cities in America: Charleston, South Carolina & Chapel Hill, North Carolina

U.S. Conference of Mayors Announce 2009 City Livability Award Winners

(Miami, FL) - Mayors Joseph O. Riley, Jr. of Charleston (SC), and Kevin C. Foy of Chapel Hill(NC), have been awarded first place honors in the 2009 City Livability Awards Program during the Mayors’ Annual Meeting in Providence.

For the past 30 years, cities have competed for this very prestigious award, which recognizes mayoral leadership for developing and implementing programs that improve the quality of life in America's cities. The winning cities were selected by former mayors from a pool of over 200 applicants for their healthy hometown program and river revitalization project respectively.

Sponsored by The U.S. Conference of Mayors and Waste Management, the program focuses on mayoral leadership, creativity and innovation, and broad impact on the lives of city residents.

Tom Cochran, Executive Director and CEO of the U.S. Conference of Mayors commented, "Our City Livability Awards Program gives the Conference a chance to highlight mayoral leadership in making urban areas cleaner, safer and more livable. We are grateful to Waste Management for its 19 years of support of the City Livability Awards Program, and for the opportunity to showcase the creativity and commitment of mayors and city governments across the country."

Barry H. Caldwell, Senior Vice President Government Affairs and Corporate Communications of Waste Management, Inc., presented the awards. Waste Management is the nation's largest provider of waste management services and its support makes the City Livability Awards Program possible.

“We are honored to again partner with the USCM and sponsor for the 20th time the City Livability Award. It's a big deal to us and we care passionately about the livability of our cities,” said Mr. Caldwell.

View These South Carolina Communities Located Within or Nearby Charleston:

Briar's Creek - Johns Island, South Carolina:
With no tee times, no unaccompanied guests and membership capped at 300, the superb Rees Jones golf course at Briar's Creek offers members a highly exclusive golfing environment, almost like having your own private course. This unique gated community features a limited number of one- to four-acre homesites with a deluxe clubhouse and other amenities, all located within 25 minutes of Charleston, South Carolina. Briar's Creek was named the "Best New Private Course" in 2002 by Golf Magazine and is now offering the final release of lakefront homesites; priced from $550,000 to $850,000.
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DeBordieu Colony - Georgetown, South Carolina
A picturesque low-key coastal community located between Myrtle Beach and Charleston, South Carolina, DeBordieu Colony offers luxury homes, exceptional amenities, and a large nature preserve. Along with six and a half miles of private shell covered beaches, year round amenities include an 18-hole Pete Dye golf course, tennis complex, clubhouse, and a 10-acre beach club. Golf and oceanfront villas, homes, and homesites available; lots range from one-half to five acres and are priced from $265,000. Villas and homes start at $695,000.
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Reverie on the Ashley -Charleston, South Carolina
Just 8 miles from downtown Charleston, Reverie on the Ashley is Charleston’s only private marina condo community, featuring 32 acres of spectacular riverfront property and exclusive access to Charleston by land or water. Elegant 2 or 3-bedroom condominiums priced from $499,000 to the high $800,000's.
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View These Chapel Hill, North Carolina Communities:

Briar Chapel - Chapel Hill, North Carolina
A new master planned green community conveniently located just outside of Chapel Hill, North Carolina; Briar Chapel includes over 900 acres of preserved open space and 24 miles of nature trails. Featuring healthy homes constructed with green building principles, plans for the community include a residents club, over 20 parks, two schools and a village square and town center with restaurants, shopping and office space. Developed by Newland Communities, all homes must meet top energy-efficient standards; priced from the upper $100,000's to the $700,000's.
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Governors Club - Chapel Hill, North Carolina
A 27-hole Jack Nicklaus signature golf course anchors this award-winning gated community, which combines a family-friendly neighborhood atmosphere with the social and recreational benefits of an exclusive country club. The property offers premium homesites and quality new or resale homes in North Carolina's prosperous Triangle metropolitan area, with lots priced from $60,000 to $600,000 and homes from $450,000 to over $3 million.
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The Legacy at Jordan Lake - Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Located in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, The Legacy at Jordan Lake is one of the most desirable luxury living enclaves in the southeast offering spectacular views and cascading waterfalls. The private gated community will include a host of amenities including a spa and fitness center with an indoor pool, a clubhouse, resort-style pool, tennis courts, short iron practice golf, and hiking trails. Homesites priced from $130,000 to $250,000; Homes from the $700,000's to over $2 million.
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