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Posted on: February 19, 2024

Garland A Longtime Home Like No Other in North Texas

A study released in February based on U.S. Census Bureau information lists Garland as the No. 4 city in the nation in “Cities Where Homeowners Stick." People come to Garland and make it their longtime home far more often than in any other c...

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Posted on: February 8, 2024

Garland a Top City for Black Women to Flourish

Garland was rated the sixth-best among all major American cities in a list of The Best Cities for Black Women to Flourish Financially, published by personal finance technology company MoneyGeek.com.

Income, the cost of crime per capita, homeownership and p...

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Posted on: February 1, 2024

Heritage Crossing Manager Earns Distinguished Leader Award

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Kim Nurmi received the Garland Chamber of Commerce’s Distinguished Leader Award at the Chamber’s 92nd Annual Meeting in January.

Nurmi, the City’s Heritage Crossing manager, was recognized for creating engaging and interactive programs and activities that ...

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Posted on: January 24, 2024

Garland Among Top Locations for Foodies and Young Homebuyers

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Garland ranks 15th in the nation and tops in North Texas among "25 of the Cheapest Foodie Cities to Visit," according to a Jan. 14 story published by personal finance company and online publisher Wealth of Geeks. Four days later, Garland landed ...

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Posted on: December 12, 2023

Garland Fire Trains Swift Water Rescue Technicians

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Fire departments from around the state met in New Braunfels this fall to take Garland’s annual water rescue class, and more than 20 students were newly certified as Swift Water Rescue Technicians.

The Garland Fire Department began hosting these t...

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Posted on: December 11, 2023

Garland Earns State Parks Society Awards

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Heritage Crossing and a Garland Parks & Recreation employee were honored at the North Region Conference of the Texas Recreation & Park Society in early December.

Heritage Crossing received the Arts and Humanities Programming Achievement Award for t...

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Posted on: November 17, 2023

Office of Neighborhood Vitality Earns Excalibur Award

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Garland's Office of Neighborhood Vitality recently received the Excalibur Award from the Camelot Neighborhood Association.

The Excalibur Award annually honors an individual or group for outstanding civic duty and community engagement in service to...

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Posted on: November 17, 2023

2023 Neighborhood Award Winners

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The City of Garland's Office of Neighborhood Vitality recognizes those who make extraordinary efforts to enhance, revitalize or invest in their neighborhoods. 

This year's awards were presented at the Pre-Summit Mixer on Nov. 9. ...

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Posted on: November 7, 2023

Garland Earns State Video Awards

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The City of Garland earned 14 awards during the annual Texas Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors conference in early November in Dallas. 

Garland received awards in 12 categories, including first-place trophies for the followin...

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Posted on: November 2, 2023

Band Together on the Square Wins Texas Downtown President’s Award

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Band Together on the Square earned Texas Downtown’s 2023 President’s Award for best promotion of an event for a population of more than 50,000.

Band Together on the Square focused on local bands and singer-songwriters, setting the stage...

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Posted on: October 25, 2023

Garland Employee Earns Government Modernization Award

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Information Technology Business Relationship Manager Susan Fredriksen recently received the Government Modernization Award. The award, presented by DataBank, honors a government employee who has made contributions to enhance the resident experience throug...

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Posted on: October 9, 2023

Garland Earns National Awards for Excellence

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The City of Garland’s Public & Media Relations team recently earned national recognition for excellence in video programming.

The National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (NATOA) announced the winners of its 2023 progr...

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Posted on: September 21, 2023

IT Client Services Department Earns Awards of Excellence

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Congratulations to the IT Client Services Department for earning two significant accolades from the Help Desk Institute this year!

Earlier this year, the team achieved the HDI Team Certified Award, and recently, the team was awarded the 2023 HDI Team Certi...

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Posted on: September 21, 2023

Visit Garland Earns Destination Excellence Awards

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Visit Garland’s commitment to showcasing Garland as a hidden gem in the Lone Star State has achieved remarkable success, securing three first-place Destination Excellence Awards from the Texas Association of Convention and Visitor Bureaus.

The aw...

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Posted on: April 13, 2023

Garland Police Detective Inducted into National Law Enforcement Officer Hall of Fame

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Garland Police Detective Tony Godwin was inducted into the National Law Enforcement Officer Hall of Fame in Toledo, Ohio, on March 30.

Detective Godwin was presented with the Career Achievement Award. He is the first Garland Police Department officer to be...

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Posted on: March 8, 2023

Mayor Honors Garland Citizen Police Academy Alumni Association

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The Garland Citizen Police Academy Alumni Association was presented with a proclamation by Mayor Scott LeMay recognizing its 30 years of service at the Garland City Council’s March 7 meeting.

The Mayor’s proclamation highlighted the ass...

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Posted on: March 3, 2023

Garland’s Band Together on the Square Program Earns Statewide Award

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Garland’s Band Together on the Square Concert Series earned the 2023 Arts & Humanities Programming Achievement Award from the Texas Recreation and Park Society (TRAPS). 

The Downtown Development Office, part of the Garland Parks, Recreation &a...

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Posted on: November 11, 2022

Garland Earns State Video Awards

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The City of Garland earned 15 awards during the annual Texas Association of Telecommunications Officers & Advisors conference in early November in McAllen. 

Garland received awards in 12 categories, including four first-place trophies for the ...

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Posted on: November 11, 2022

Garland Earns State Parks Awards

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The Garland Parks, Recreation & Cultural Arts Department won three awards at the Texas Recreation and Park Society (TRAPS) North Region Conference Nov. 3 in Irving. The department was honored for excellence in programming and recreation facility desig...

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Posted on: July 13, 2022

Kim Nurmi Graduates from Leadership Arts Institute

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City of Garland Heritage Crossing Coordinator Kim Nurmi recently graduated from the Leadership Arts Institute.

Through a nine-month course, graduates of Leadership Arts Institute (LAI) gain expertise in nonprofit board best practices, leadership skills and...

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Posted on: June 16, 2022

Garland Earns Statewide Awards for Excellence in Communications

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The City of Garland’s award-winning Public & Media Relations Department has added more trophies to its display case. Garland earned the following awards from the Texas Association of Municipal Information Officers (TAMIO):

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Posted on: May 11, 2022

Mistie Gardner Earns Who’s Who in America’s Neighborhoods Award

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Emergency Management Director Mistie Gardner was recently named Who's Who in America's Neighborhoods in the Governmental Category for her efforts and involvement during the COVID-19 crisis as well as during Winter Storm Uri.

The Who&r...

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Posted on: May 4, 2022

Duck Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant Continues Award Winning Streak

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Garland’s Duck Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant recently received the George W. Burke, Jr. Facility Safety Award at the 2022 Texas Water Awards Program ceremony in San Antonio. The award is presented by the Water Environment Federation and recog...

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Posted on: April 6, 2022

Spotlight on Garland

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The City of Garland’s Public & Media Relations Department was recently recognized by the City Council for the Lone Star Regional Emmy® earned by its video “A Look Back at The Wall That Heals.”

The Wall That Heals i...

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Posted on: April 6, 2022

Community Development Department Earns Certificate of Distinction

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Garland’s Community Development Department was recognized by the National Community Development Association (NCDA) with a Certificate of Distinction for its effort in providing a home to an Army veteran on Veterans Day 2021.

The award recognizes ...

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Posted on: March 31, 2022

Garland Budget Department Recognized for Excellence

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The City of Garland Budget and Research Department has received the Government Finance Officers Association’s Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for its 2021-22 Annual Operating Budget document.

The award represents a significant achievement by the Ci...

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Posted on: March 31, 2022

Purchasing Team Earns Excellence Award

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The City of Garland Purchasing Department has been awarded the prestigious 26th Annual Achievement of Excellence in Procurement® (AEP) for 2021 from the National Procurement Institute, Inc. Garland has received this recognition for 23 consecutive years.

Th...

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Posted on: April 4, 2022

Garland Library Wins Achievement in Excellence Award

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For the 20th consecutive year, Garland’s Nicholson Memorial Library System is a recipient of the Achievement of Excellence Award from the Texas Municipal Library Directors Association. Of the more than 500 public library systems in the state, only 10% rec...

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Posted on: March 4, 2022

City of Garland Earns Lone Star Regional Emmy® Award

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The City of Garland’s Public & Media Relations Department was recognized by the City Council Tuesday, March 1, for the Lone Star Regional Emmy® earned by its video “A Look Back at The Wall That Heals.”

The Wall That Heals is a three-quarter scale repli...

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Posted on: February 18, 2022

Parks, Recreation & Cultural Arts Earns State's Highest Honor

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The City of Garland Parks, Recreation & Cultural Arts Department received the 2022 Texas Gold Medal Award on Feb. 17. 

The Gold Medal Award is the highest honor given to a City’s park system by the Texas Recreation and Park Society. It&nbs...

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Posted on: November 30, 2021

Garland Has What Draws People to Texas

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According to a New York Times opinion piece, “Everyone’s Moving to Texas. Here’s Why.” Garland has the best of the best of what is drawing people to Texas.

The piece connects to an interactive study of 16,847 American cities with a population of more than ...

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Posted on: November 23, 2021

Garland a Best American City for Dog Lovers

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A new study ranks Garland as 11th among "Best American Cities for Dog Lovers." With our new dog park and the grand opening of the animal shelter on the horizon, it's only going to get better.

The study of the 153 largest cities in the Un...

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Posted on: September 14, 2021

Deena Williams Makes Her Mark

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Here at the City of Garland we are proud to say we have many employees who Make Their Mark both on and off the job.
One example is Code Compliance Officer Deena Williams, who is dedicated to being a "Big Sister" to an amazing young man.
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Posted on: September 10, 2021

Garland Brings Home State Awards

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The City of Garland is continuing its award-winning tradition at state conferences. This year the Public & Media Relations Department and Visit Garland, the City’s Convention & Visitors Bureau, each earned several state awards. The two departments...

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Posted on: September 2, 2021

Fire Department Earns American Heart Association's Mission: Lifeline EMS Gold Award

For the eighth year in a row, the Garland Fire Department has received a Mission: Lifeline EMS Recognition Award from the American Heart Association. This award is for implementing specific quality improvement measures to treat patients who suffer severe ...

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Posted on: August 11, 2021

Patty Granville Named 2021 Obelisk Award Honoree

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Cultural Arts Director Patty Granville will be honored with the Juror’s Award at the 33rd annual Obelisk Awards presented by Business Council for the Arts Wednesday, Nov. 17, in Dallas.

The Obelisk Award honors businesses, nonprofits and individuals for th...

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Posted on: June 28, 2021

Garland Named a Best City to Buy an Affordable Family Home

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Garland ranked No. 4 among Best Cities to Buy an Affordable Family Home in an annual study released in June by financial technology company SmartAsset.

Metrics used in the study included:

  • Property and violent crime rates
  • High school graduation rate
  • Affordabil...
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Posted on: June 24, 2021

Tyler Shin Makes His Mark

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Authentic Hawaiian cuisine, Asian street food, vegan dishes, wings, tacos, pizza, burgers — you name it, you'll find it at restaurants within virtual food hall Revolving Kitchen.

If you've never heard of Revolving Kitchen, check out this month's Make Your ...

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Posted on: March 24, 2021

How Mindy Le Makes Her Mark on Garland

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It’s not hard to find “makers” of all ages in Garland, from business owners to community leaders. But it’s not every day you find residents who started giving back to the community from an early age.

We introduce you to one such young lady in this month’s ...

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Posted on: November 12, 2019

Garland Brings Home National and State Video Awards

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The City of Garland has earned numerous video awards at both the national and state level this year.

Garland earned one first-place trophy and five second-place awards from the 34th Annual Government Programming Awards, hosted by the National Association o...

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Posted on: November 14, 2019

2019 Garland Neighborhood Awards

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The Garland Neighborhood Awards are the City’s annual way to spotlight neighbors who make a difference as individuals and, when they combine their efforts, as neighborhoods.

The Oakridge Neighborhood Association, several dedicated volunteers and public ser...

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Posted on: February 23, 2021

Duck Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant Earns Plant of the Year Award

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For the second year in a row and the third time in four years, the Duck Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant will receive a “Plant of the Year” award from the Water Environment Association of Texas.

The award will be presented virtually on March 25 as part of ...

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Posted on: February 9, 2021

Inventive “Story Map” Wins National Award

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The Garland Water Utilities Department won a national award for its newly published story map, “We Keep it Flowing, Coming or Going.”   

The National Association of Clean Water Agencies awarded this year’s Public Information & Educati...

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Posted on: February 2, 2021

Nicholson Memorial Library System Earns 2020 Texas Achievement of Library Excellence Award

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For the 19th consecutive year, the Nicholson Memorial Library System has been awarded the Texas Achievement of Library Excellence Award from the Texas Municipal Library Directors Association. 

Of the 568 public library systems in Texas, only 56 re...

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Posted on: October 12, 2020

Garland Is Tops in Texas Among Best Cities for First-Time Homebuyers

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Garland is ranked No. 1 in Texas and No. 8 in the country on a recently released 2020 list of Best Cities for First-Time Homebuyers.

The study from personal finance website SmartAsset compared 185 cities using 12 metrics, including five-year home value app...

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Posted on: September 24, 2020

Garland Among Leaders in Self-Response as Census 2020 Enters Final Week

Sept. 30 is the deadline for participation in the 2020 Census.

Congratulations, Garland. You have the second-best Census 2020 self-response rate among large cities in Texas.

As of Sept. 24, 69.1% of Garland’s residents have completed the task of self-responding. That’s better than the state rate of...

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Posted on: September 16, 2020

Garland Continues to Impress in Quality-of-Life Studies

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According to the personal finance resource GOBankingRates, Garland is one of the few major cities in the country, and only one of two in North Texas, where a person can live comfortably for less than $50,000 per year.

Only 35 of the nation’s 270 ...

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Posted on: July 15, 2020

Garland Is Among Best Cities to Work from Home

Garland, as it turns out, is well-positioned for what may be a major part of the “new normal” in American life. The City was rated No. 2 in Texas and No. 11 in the nation on the list of Best U.S. Cities to Work from Home.

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Posted on: February 19, 2020

The Atrium at the Granville Arts Center Named Winner in 2020 WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards

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The Atrium at the Granville Arts Center is a winner of the 2020 WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards. The accolade represents the top wedding professionals in quality, service, responsiveness and professionalism, as reviewed by couples on WeddingW...

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Posted on: February 12, 2020

Garland Water Utilities Earns Performance Awards

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Garland Water Utilities continues a winning streak by bringing home two national Environmental Achievement Awards from the winter conference of the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) in Atlanta, Georgia. 

The City received the NA...

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Posted on: November 14, 2019

Garland Animal Services Recognized by Dallas County Health and Human Services

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Garland Animal Services was recognized by Director of Dallas County Health and Human Services Philip Huang and Manager of Environmental Health/Mosquito Control Scott Sawlis at the Garland City Council Nov. 5 Regular Meeting.

The animal shelter staff were r...

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Posted on: November 12, 2019

Garland Brings Home National and State Video Awards

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The City of Garland has earned numerous video awards at both the national and state level this year.

Garland earned one first-place trophy and five second-place awards from the 34th Annual Government Programming Awards, hosted by the National Association o...

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Posted on: October 11, 2019

Garland Renters Have One of America's Fastest Routes to Home Ownership

Garland is among the nation's best cities for renters to quickly convert to home ownership.

Garland is listed as the second-best city in Texas and ninth-best in the nation for the time it takes renters to save enough money to convert to home ownership.

In an October story, "The Process of Becoming a Homeowner," the Dallas Business Journ...

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