Tupelo a finalist for 2011 All-America City

TUPELO – Northeast Mississippi’s largest city was picked as a finalist in the national 2011 All-America City Award.

The National Civic League today announced Tupelo among 26 finalists in the annual competition for civic activists and community problem-solvers.

The 2011 awards event will be June 15-17 in Kansas City, Missouri.

Tupelo has previously won the award in years past.

“We’re very excited about this year’s participants, a very strong group of contenders with great civic projects to brag about,” said NCL President Gloria Rubio-Cortés in a press release. “These communities have tackled everything from tsunami preparedness to environmental sustainability, education, gang violence and economic development.”

The list of 26 finalists includes large urban centers, midsized cities and smaller suburban and rural communities. Listed alphabetically by state are the 2011 finalists:

Alaska: Kenai
California: Downey, Dublin, Huntington Park, Torrance and Yucaipa
Colorado: Lakewood
Illinois: Belleville
Indiana: South Bend
Iowa: Marshalltown
Kansas: Scott City
Massachusetts: Dedham
Michigan: Ann Arbor
Mississippi: Tupelo
Nebraska: Dakota County
North Carolina: Eden and Fayetteville
New York: Buffalo
Ohio: Cincinnati
Oregon: Lakeview and Seaside
Pennsylvania: Philadelphia
Texas: Fort Worth and Taylor Landing
Utah: Cottonwood Heights
Wisconsin: Beloit

The All-America City Award is an honor achieved by more than 600 neighborhoods, villages, towns, cities, counties, and regions across the country. Some have won the award multiple times.

Learn more about the award program and follow events leading up to the Kansas City event on our All-America City blog at www.allamericacityaward.com and the All-America City Awards Facebook page.