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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 15, 2010

All America City Convention in Kansas City

Annually, the National Civic League recognizes ten communities for outstanding civic accomplishments. To win, each community must demonstrate innovation, inclusiveness, civic engagement, and cross sector collaboration by describing successful efforts to address vital local challenges. This years’ convention will take place in Kansas City from June 15-18. This year’s conference will feature talented young Kansas Citians portraying well-known Kansas City figures at the Sprint Center on June 16. The performance is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. The young artists are: Shonterrie Witherspoon, Delshawn Hickman, Reggie Simmons, Martez McKinzy, Anita and Inita Stirgus, Koasha Johnson, Frederick Brown, DeAnthony Harris and Dominique Harris.

“Kansas City is an exciting place to be,” said City Councilwoman, Cindy Circo, chair of the host city committee, “and our young people are a big part of this. The support we have received from local sponsors has given us the opportunity to showcase these young people as well as our wonderful city. Having been honored with this award in the past, Kansas City is well prepared to put its best foot forward as the host city.”

More than 500 communities have won this prestigious award. In fact, Kansas City is a five time award recipient, last winning in 2006. All-America Cities have shown the ability to innovate in such areas as job creation, neighborhood revitalization, crime reduction, new housing for low income people, improving education and engaging youth.

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The award competition is open to neighborhoods, towns, cities, counties and metropolitan regions. In their applications, AAC finalists briefly tell their community stories, list two of their most pressing challenges and three outstanding community projects.

All-America Cities benefit by increasing community pride, networking with civic activists from across the country and gaining national recognition. The AAC designation has helped communities win grants and new resources as well as attract new employers. This year’s sponsoring partners are Burns and McDonnell, Sprint Foundation, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, KPMG International, MWH Global, Hyatt Regency Crown Center, Southern California Edison and Southwest Airlines.

For more information contact the Office of Civic and Community Engagement, Thalia Cherry, 816-513-1378.

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