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Score one more for Irving: Suburb earns elite business award from President Barack Obama

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Irving Mayor Beth Van Duyne at the press conference celebrating the announcement that Irving had received the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. Irving, Texas/Facebook
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Everything is coming up Irving these days. Last week, the 75038 zip code in Irving was named the most diverse neighborhood in the country. Now they’ve gone and won the country’s highest award for business practices.

The Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, given by the president, recognizes excellence in the workplace, both private and public sector. So far, Irving is only the second city in the country to win the award. Typically, the award is given to private businesses like Xerox or Motorola.

 Irving is only the second city in the country to win the Malcolm Baldridge National Quality Award for business excellence. 

As reported in the Dallas Morning News, Irving won for reducing payroll (without laying off anyone), administrative streamlining and cleaning up the streets.

Irving officials estimate that the changes have saved more than $40 million and up to 50,000 man hours.

There is no prize money, but it is expected to help bring more business to the city.

Past recent winners in North Texas include Fort Worth engineering and architectural consultants Freese and Nichols Inc. and Richland College.

Irving officials also credited bringing in a consultant to help city workers prepare for the inspection by Baldrige examiners. 

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