Kudos for Bowie
We've known for a long time what a great place Bowie is to live and to raise a family. Others are discovering the same thing and writing about it!
Certified Wildlife Habitat Community The National Wildlife Federation recently named Bowie a Certified Wildlife Habitat Community. It is one of only 95 communities in the country and only the fifth in the state of Maryland to achieve this status. Details about how the City qualified and why they did it can be found in the press release. More information about Bowie's many efforts to protect and improve the local environment can be found at www.cityofbowie.org/greenbowie.
Bowie Named Maryland's 2016 “Sustainability Champion”
Experts define sustainability as “development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Consisting of three pillars, sustainable development seeks to achieve, in a balanced manner, economic development, social development, and environmental protection.
According to Bowie Mayor G. Frederick Robinson, “The Sustainable Maryland Certified award was a tremendous achievement for the City of Bowie in 2013, and it is no less of an achievement in 2016. This award is very special because it was accomplished together as a community. I am very proud of our volunteers, staff, and other community leaders for their continued help and support. I look forward to working with Sustainable Maryland for many years to come.”
Top 50 Best Places for Women EntrepreneursThe City of Bowie was ranked number 50 in a new report by data-science group GoodCall as one of the best cities in the U.S. for women entrepreneurs to launch their business. (August 2015)
A total of 405 cities were evaluated on the following metrics:
- Core economic strength,
- Business climate for women,
- Professional networking potential
- Female education values.
Women-owned businesses are a distinct community in Bowie, and should be at the top of every female entrepreneur’s list of cities, where they can find the community, business culture and targeted business support to drive the success of their businesses.
Bowie Business Innovation Center (BIC) and the Women's Business Center
Bowie is fortunate to have a Business Innovation Center to help startup businesses. Lisa Smith, Executive Director describes the creation of the BIC this way: "The City of Bowie led a group of public and private sector partners to invest in the development of practical business support targeted to female entrepreneurs through the business incubation program, the Bowie Business Innovation Center (Bowie BIC). This is the only business incubation program in the State of Maryland which is co-located with a Women’s Business Center. Bowie BIC’s corporate partners have also supported innovative special programming for women-owned businesses. The City of Bowie is truly 'Open for Business' with female entrepreneurs!"
City of Bowie Receives Kudos for Smart Use of Energy
Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) Smart Energy Community Distinction - June 2015
The City of Bowie has been recognized by the Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) as a Smart Energy Community. The City received the honor on June 29, during the 2015 Maryland Municipal League Convention in Ocean City, Maryland. The distinction recognizes the City for a history of commitment and innovation in the field of energy use. (June 2015)
Read Mayor Robinson's remarks at the Smart Energy Community Award Ceremony.
Kudos to Bowie for Healthy Eating and Active Living
The Institute for Public Health Innovation & Maryland Municipal League HEAL Cities & Town Campaign Distinction - June 2015
The Healthy Eating and Active Living (HEAL) Distinction highlights the crucial role local governments play in creating healthy communities for their residents by adopting policies that expand healthy options where residents live, work, and play. (June 2015)
Bowie Named the 28th Best Small City by Money Magazine
Money Magazine ranks the 50 best small cities in the country, looking for great jobs, strong economies, affordable homes, excellent schools, and more - September 2014
In 2014, Money Magazine ranked Bowie, MD 28th out of 50 small cities in the U.S.
The write up accompanying the ranking described Bowie this way:
"Located halfway between Washington, D.C., and Baltimore, Bowie provides access to 3 major metropolitan areas, while offering the benefits of a small, close-knit community.
Popular community events include Bowiefest in June, a Back-to-School Bash in August, and an International Festival in the fall celebrating the town’s diversity. Allen Pond Park serves as a hub for gatherings with an ice arena, amphitheater, boat rentals, baseball and soccer fields, plus a Skate Park. Crime is low compared to other parts of Prince George’s County, and nearby are some of the country’s best hospitals, including the world-renowned Johns Hopkins Medical Center."
SafeWise Recognizes Bowie as one of the 10 Safest Cities in Maryland
SafeWise conducted independent research, compiled with the most recent FBI Crime Statistics, resulting in Bowie being named the 6th safest city in the state of Maryland - July 2014
SafeWise, a home security and safety organization named Bowie the 6th safest city to live in Maryland in 2014. Bowie was praised for establishing a police force in 2006 which aids in keeping the crime rate as one of the lowest in Prince George's County. Despite having grown to over 55,000 residents, the dedicated officers of the Bowie Police are still able to make residents and visitors feel safe. (2014)
Bowie is the Best City to Raise a Family in Maryland
The CreditDonkey team researched the major metro areas that Maryland has to offer to come up with the 10 best for families, and Bowie is #1 - September 2014
Bowie receives kudos from CreditDonkey.com for being the best city to raise a family in Maryland. The City has the highest concentration of citizens that graduated from high school or higher education at 94.9%. In describing Bowie CreditDonkey said, "It also doesn't hurt that homes sell for significantly less, and residents bring in a median income of close to $106,000 a year. Great schools and a lower than average crime rate add to the list of reasons why Bowie's such an exceptional place to live." (September 2014)
Forbes Magazine Recognition
It's been a few years, but we're still very proud of the fact that Forbes magazine named Bowie as one of the country's most affordable suburban neighborhoods, where it said "homes are affordable, crime is low, and the quality of life is high." (2007)
AAA Bond Rating
In March of 2015, credit rating agency Fitch Ratings reaffirmed the City's AAA Bond rating.
A press release issued by the City described the importance of this rating:
"Fitch Ratings announced on March 19, 2015 that it had affirmed the AAA bond rating it had previously given to the City of Bowie for its general obligation bonds. The AAA rating is the highest rating issued by Fitch and is assigned only in cases of exceptionally strong capacity for payment of financial commitments, when it believes this capacity is highly unlikely to be adversely affected by foreseeable events.Fitch Ratings Press Release
In a press release issued by Fitch on March 19th, the company cited the City’s strong finances, conservative budgeting practices, operating surpluses, and ample reserves as being key factors in its rating. The rating is to assess the risk to investors for the general obligation bonds issued in 2009, when the City was building a new City Hall to house municipal offices and the headquarters of the Bowie Police Department.
The City of Bowie originally received a AAA long term rating on its general obligation debt from Standard and Poor’s and similar high ratings from Moody’s and from Fitch in 2009.
Mayor G. Frederick Robinson said, “This rating not only reaffirms to investors that our bonds are an extremely safe investment, it is also an endorsement of the sound financial management practices that guide our decision making. In addition, it demonstrates to residents, business owners, and others that Bowie is a very well run City, with a low unemployment rate, and ideally situated in the Washington, DC/Baltimore region.”